From slick spin studios to new lunchtime launches, these are the coolest classes and new fitness spaces to check out now in London
By Helen Brown and Abbie Schofield
Barry’s Bootcamp St Paul’s
Barry’s sixth London studio has opened in St Paul’s providing its signature treadmill and floorwork classes in a brand new ‘red room’. Expect to push yourself to your limit with the help of a motivating trainer, with the reward of a delicious protein shake at the end – we love the banana and peanut butter.
Frame has brought its friendly barre, pilates, HIIT, dance and pre and post-natal classes to Angel, Islington. Whether it’s dance cardio set to the latest tunes or barre to really work those muscles, Frame has a great variety of workouts led by expert instructors which will leave you buzzing with endorphins.
The former General Manager at Soho House is behind the city’s first ‘carbon-neutral’ gym in Dalston, which plants a tree every time a class is booked. From spinning to sparring and deadlifts to detoxes, Rumble has four luxury studios for mind and body. It’s calling itself a ‘gym with a conscious’ and has other eco-initiatives like sustainably sourced products and no single-use plastic on site.
Orangetheory Fitness Fulham
Orangetheory Fitness will add to its growing portfolio of fitness studios with a new site on Fulham Broadway. Orangetheory measures members heart rates whilst they take part in challenging 60-minute sessions using treadmills, rowers and floor-weight exercises. The goal is to spend at least 12 minutes in the Orange (84-91%) or Red (92-100%) zones to burn maximum calories even when your session is over. The new gym are hosting a pre-sale event from 31 January to 2 February to give potential members a chance to meet coaches, find out more about the fitness programmes and snap up exclusive discounts.
Pre-sale tickets via orangetheoryfulham.lpages.co
Boom Cycle Waterloo
If you love a calorie-torching workout accompanied by sensational tunes, you’ll no doubt be familiar with Boom Cycle. Waterloo is the brand’s fifth slick cycle studio to open in London and their biggest one to date. Class-goers to the new site get two spin studios to enjoy, complimentary shoe hire, changing rooms stocked with REN skincare and GHD styling tools and a shake and snack bar for a tasty post-workout smoothie.
Sweat by BXR Canary Wharf
Leading pay-to-train studio, Sweat By BXR has opened a second site in Canary Wharf. It’s the brand’s first stand-alone studio (the first being part of member’s only boxing gym, BXR), and will offer the same group concept classes that have been designed in collaboration with elite coaches, osteopaths and physios to create low impact, balanced workouts. The new space is set to launch lunchtime classes from 4 November, just in time for the party season and perfect for those looking to keep up with their fitness routine despite having a packed festive calendar. Class-goers will be able to make the most of their lunch hour with a 35-minute class designed to be short, sweet and sweaty. For something spookier… get yourself to Sweat by BXR this Thursday evening when signature classes at both studios will be getting a Halloween update. At Canary Wharf, book yourself into The Blair Wharf Project, 6:00-7:30pm.
King of gyms 1Rebel has opened a cool, new dystopian-style studio in Angel. Here, you can partake in 1Rebel’s most gruelling workout – Reshape. With back-to-back quick-fire rounds on the treadmill and dynamic weight sequences, this is a class that will challenge, burn fat and push you to your limits.
We all know we should stretch more but if you’re anything like us, you rarely make time for it. Flexology is London’s first dedicated stretching studio encouraging anyone from the flex-obsessed to complete novices to limber up with a carefully curated programme of assisted stretching classes. Taking into account history, lifestyle, injuries and individual goals, your Flex-pert will guide you into deep stretches that are impossible to achieve alone.
Lift: The Movement
New Shoreditch fitness space, Lift: The Movement, takes your workout back to basics with a selection of classes centred around the philosophy that physical balance leads to mental balance. Develop discipline through the connection of mind, body and soul during a session on the gymnastic rings, handstanding, working on mobility or doing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
From spa and salon to plant-based brasserie and family space, Cloud Twelve is the wellness space that has it all. Even more so now with the launch of twice-weekly Vinyasa flow yoga class open to all abilities. Classes will help build strength and flexibility while restoring emotional, mental and physical balance, and each will be followed by a delicious and nutritious breakfast.
London-favourite spin studio, Psycle, launched its first west London site on Westbourne Grove in December. The new studio has 52 bikes, a spacious Energy Kitchen and the amazing high-energy classes that Psycle is famous for. Designed to push beyond the limits of the average spin class, Psycle immerses you in the energy of the room with their upbeat playlist, club-like atmosphere and motivational instructors.
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