The fitness scene in London is booming and the new year is the perfect opportunity to explore a new studio or challenge yourself with an entirely new workout.
Mixing up your workout will keep it interesting, learn a new skill like boxing while you’re at it or complement your usual cardio with weights, the capital has plenty to choose from.
From hybrid classes to reformer pilates and rowing – here are some of our favourite fitness classes in London.
HIIT 45 at Another Space
This class combines strength training and high-intensity work on the punch bag all in just 45 minutes. It’s designed to fire up your metabolism and burn some serious calories.
Price: £20 for a single class
Location: Covent Garden, Bank anotherspace.london
Orange 60 at Orangetheory Fitness
Tech fiends should head to one of Orangetheory’s five London studios for the HIIT-based workout that focuses on getting your heart rate up. While strapped up to a chest monitor, you’ll work across treadmills, rowers and floor work while screens display which heart rate zone you’re working in (= ie how much effort you’re putting in), thus encouraging you to push harder or scale back to achieve the best workout. The workout is huge in the States and is apparently a favourite of Michelle Obama.
Price: from £25 for a drop in
Location: various âorangetheoryfitness.co.uk
Hollywood at F45
The Australian phenomenon is taking London by storm. The cult workouts merge HIIT, circuits and functional training into one and are guaranteed to leave you sweaty. While most classes are 45 minutes, Hollywood is a full 60-minute blast that happens every Saturday and it’s the perfect way to kick off your weekend. You’ll snake your way around 27 different stations of cardio and strength training, then do it once more with a minutes’ rest in between.
Price: from £25 per class
Location: various f45training.com
Total Body at Barry’s Bootcamp
Is any fitness class list complete without a mention of Barry’s Bootcamp? Set in the infamous “Red Room” these cult classes, split between cardio intervals on the treadmill and strength training on the floor, can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute class. Each day of the week focuses on a specific part of the body, be it arms & abs or chest, back & abs, opt for Friday’s Total Body if you want to cover all bases.
Price: £23 per class
Location: various barrysbootcamp.co
Pillar Killer at Sweat IT
Sweat IT is another strength and cardio interval training studio which offers high-intensity, 50-minute workouts. Classes vary on a daily basis to target specific body parts, Pillar Killer is the workout specifically designed for your abs and core.
Price: from £21 per class.
Location: Aldwych sweat-it.com
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