The 5 Fitness Classes Making Londoners Keep Their New Year’s Resolutions
Are you a #JanuaryGymGoer? Every year, 66% of people break their resolutions within less than a month. And seen as we’re now 10 days into January, it’s likely that your pace has slowed down since the 1st. But don’t let that fatigue break your flow, especially if getting fit was your only goal.
There are five fitness classes currently taking London by storm and we know they’ll help youstick to your resolution once and for all. How’s that, you ask? Well, not only will these classes make you stronger and fitter than ever before, we reckon switching that cross-trainer for skill-based, high intensity, sociable classes will make for a happier, healthier you.
F45 If you haven’t already heard of it, you soon will. The Australian born fitness classes are currently the talk of London’s gym bunnies. With membership rapidly growing at the London Bridge flagship gym, F45 recently announced they are also opening in Parsons Green. What is F45? It’s a 45-minute high intensity circuit class that combines strength work with cardio. It’s hugely popular with top fitness influencers and you will be sure to spot the likes of Zanna Van Dijk and Clean Eating Alice at their morning classes. A class includes a series of 45-second max output workout periods, with 15-second breaks, meaning you’ll quickly burn off all that holiday weight. Types of movements include: push ups, broad jumps, rowing, cleans, lunges, kettlebell swings, rope slams, ladder runs, free weights boxing and kickboxing. How do I sign up? It’s currently £195 a month for unlimited classes at their London Bridge | more info & booking here
Originating in the US and opening in London in 2013, Barry’s Bootcamp isn’t exactly new but has continued to grow in popularity.
What’s included in Barry’s Bootcamp?
Their site claims that you can burn 1,000 calories in just one hour and has a big celebrity following. The hour-long workouts include 25-30 minutes of interval treadmill routines, and 25-30 minutes of strength training. Each day of the week focuses on a different muscle group so that no two classes are ever the same.
Types of movements include: cardiovascular interval training on treadmills, resistance band movements, bicep curls, squats, crunches and push ups.
How do I sign up?
Classes cost £20 each or are more January-friendly when bought in bulk
East/Central London | more info & booking here
BMF (British Military Fitness) Ever noticed group fitness classes on your local common? It’s most likely British Military Fitness. What is British Military Fitness? It’s based on the same exercises used to improve and maintain the fitness levels of the British Army, Navy and RAF. A class usually lasts for an hour and includes cardio and body weight based strength training. You’ll be split into a training group depending on your fitness. Blue for beginners, red for intermediate and green for the super fit. It also includes competitive games which make it a really fun and sociable class to attend. Types of movements include: star jumps, squats, push ups, burpees and running. How do i sign up? This is a bargain at only £32 a month for unlimited classes UK Wide | more info & booking here
Combining Olympic lifting and gymnastics, CrossFit is an addictive, competitive fitness class that will push you further than you ever thought you could go.
What’s included in CrossFit?
Classes often start with practicing a technical movement or weight training and finish with a WOD ‘workout of the day’, which must be completed in the fastest possible time. If you have a recurring injury then be cautious when starting CrossFit. The heavy weights combined with intense workouts have made it infamous for causing injuries, as the competitions can push people to breaking point (literally).
Types of movements include: weightlifting, pull-ups, gymnastics, kettlebell swings, rope climbs, handstands, skipping, squats and running.
How do I sign up?
If you’re willing to pay between £135 – £225 a month, you’re likely to get unlimited classes.
Want to learn an impressive new skills and get fit at the same time? Then Aerial Hoop classes might be the one for you.
What is Aerial Hoop?
Flying Fantastic offer Aerial Hoop and Silks classes in Battersea, Farringdon and Wimbledon. Classes start with a group workout and then you are split into beginners and advanced groups. It requires a tremendous amount of strength and flexibility but the week on week improvement will amaze you, you will soon be hanging off the hoop with just your feet holding you up!
How do I sign up?
It’ll cost you around £20 a class at one of four London locations | more info & booking here
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