The best fitness classes in London

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.

For HIIT…



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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



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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 ​orangetheoryfitness.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



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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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Jack Wilshere keeps up fitness on a run near his London home as free agent considers a move to MLS

Hit the road, Jack! Wilshere keeps up his fitness on a run near his London home as the free agent considers a move to MLS after his West Ham contract was ripped up

  • Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after being released by West Ham 
  • The midfielder is looking for a new club after agreeing to terminate his contract
  • The former Arsenal and England man has been linked with a move to the MLS 

Jack Wilshere is determined to keep up his fitness as he bids to get back into professional football following the termination of his West Ham contract.

The midfielder was putting in the hard yards during a run near his London home as he considers his options after agreeing to end his two-year association with the Hammers. 

The former Arsenal and England man has had interest at home and abroad but is said to be weighing up a move to the MLS.

Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after agreeing to cancel his West Ham contract

Jack Wilshere is keeping up his fitness after agreeing to cancel his West Ham contract

The midfielder was seen running near his London home as he considers his options

Wilshere is desperate to get his career back on track after a spate of injury problems which have stopped him reaching his potential.

Sportsmail revealed last month that West Ham had been planning to get the midfielder’s £100,000-a-week salary off the wage bill with his contract set to end in in the summer of 2021.

The club had been hoping to find a buyer but with no takers they agreed to pay the remaining £3.9million that was left on his deal. 

The 28-year-old claims to have been fit for the last eight months of his West Ham career

The 28-year-old claims to have been fit for the last eight months of his West Ham career

Wilshere has been linked with a move to the MLS as he looks to get his career back on track

Wilshere has been linked with a move to the MLS as he looks to get his career back on track

After leaving the club on transfer deadline day, Wilshere issued a statement claiming he had been fit for the last eight months. 

He said: ‘When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and was excited to join the club I supported as a boy. 

‘Despite all of my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I’d expected.

‘I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.

He looked to have a promising future ahead of him after making his Arsenal debut at 16

He looked to have a promising future ahead of him after making his Arsenal debut at 16

‘Although I am frustrated I was not able to fully showcase what I am capable of at West Ham, I remain convinced that I can still contribute at the very top of the game.

‘I am still hungry and ambitious.’

The 28-year-old was tipped to have a big future when he became Arsenal’s youngest ever debutant before going on to make his

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London spin studio owner worries new safety measures will sink group fitness

With new measures in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 for fitness studios, restaurants and personal care providers, one local fitness facility is questioning whether they can survive another financial hit sprung by the ongoing pandemic.

Courtney Grafton opened Lost Cycle, a rhythm-riding, indoor cycling studio in south London, just a little more than a year ago.

Since being allowed to reopen back in July, the studio has been able to offer classes at pre-pandemic capacity while keeping riders and staff two metres apart, but Grafton doesn’t think she’ll be able to keep afloat with the new cap of 10 people, including the instructor, per class. 

“Our classes are built off of an environment of a group fitness class and by limiting that so much, it makes us almost impossible to operate,” she said.

“No one needs to be a mathematician to figure out that the numbers they’re giving us with the amount that it costs me to operate a business do not add up. I cannot survive off of nine people in a class, while still paying [instructors] their regular rate.” 

In the last few months, the studio has been able to weather the storm thanks to constant support from dedicated cyclists in the city who have been keeping the studio’s 21 weekly classes fairly busy, despite an outbreak at Spinco, a cycling studio in Hamilton that has made headlines across the country for being linked to 81 COVID-19 cases. 

“I don’t get to decide how scared someone is,” Grafton said. “I really feel for Spinco … but it’s a full time job to make sure that everything is cleaned properly … You have to really be diligent and treat it very, very seriously every single day. You don’t get a break from it,” she said, adding that her biggest expenses are cleaning supplies, including a steam cleaner staff use on bikes in between each class. 

Keeping bikes two metres apart from one another, steam cleaning them in between rides, having staff wear microphones to reduce the need to shout in class as well as checking every rider’s temperature ahead of class are some of the guidelines the fitness studios has already been following. Now, they’ll have to bring capacity down to 10 and space bikes by three metres, along with the other measures already taken. (Submitted by Courtney Grafton)

On Wednesday, Dr. Chris Mackie, the region’s medical officer of health, cited the outbreak in the Hamilton cycling studio as an example of why he’s decided to implement the new measures, despite the absence any outbreaks linked to fitness facilities in the region. 

“That’s the sort of thing where we’re not going to sit around and wait for a huge outbreak in our community before taking some reasonable actions that will potentially eliminate the possibility of having that level of outbreak at all,” he said. 

“As much as we watch very closely what is happening in our community and learn from the cases and outbreaks we have here,

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Former downtown London fitness studio to become city’s first ‘zero waste’ grocery store

London’s grocery scene will be a little greener in November with the opening of the city’s first and only “zero waste” grocery store in the city’s downtown. 

The couple behind the store is Heenal Rajani and Kara Rijnen, who own Reimagine Co. the city’s first “waste-free” store. Their grocery venture, Reimagine Gorceries, will be located inside a building that once housed a former fitness studio located at 206 Piccadilly Street just off Richmond Row and will be based on a similar philosophy. 

Rajani told CBC News Monday that the store will sell all of its goods in bulk. 

“Rather than just grab a package of rice and throw it into your cart, you’ll actually be able to choose. ‘Will I need this whole kilo of rice or maybe I just need half a kilo?”

“You’re not going to be dictated to based on package size. You can grab as much or as little as you want.” 

He said it means customers will have to remember to bring their own Tupperware, jam jars or reusable bags and if they forget, the store offers its own reusable containers on-site. 

“You can bring containers from home or we’ll have containers there that you can pay a small deposit on.”

“You wash them and bring them back or we sanitize them with a commercial dishwasher, so that way the containers are going to be used 10 to 1,000 times.” 

The store was made possible after Rajani and Rijnen launched a crowdsourcing campaign last month, quickly surpassing their $50,000 goal and increasing it to $75,000. In the end, the couple raised more than $88,000 thanks to the donations of more than 865 supporters. 

Rajani said the 865 people who donated to the cause will be reimbursed once the store opens with the equivalent of their donation as pre-purchased groceries. 

The exact date of the grand opening hasn’t been determined yet because there is still plenty of work to be done on-site to get the store ready, including renovations, permits and installing commercial appliances. 

The only real hitch, Rajani said, is making sure everyone who contributed and anyone who’s curious doesn’t show up all at the same time. 

“What we don’t want is for all 865 people to show up on opening day. That’s not something we would be able to handle, but we will be continuing to communicate through our social media channels to let people know how we’re going to be opening.”

“Maybe it will be a soft opening, where we’ll open for a couple of hours on the first day and gradually bring that up.” he said.

“It’s such a new concept.” 

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