If you’ve lost your mojo in the gym or have never really found it, find something that really gets your blood pumping with some of London’s most weird and wonderful fitness classes. Live out a Greatest Showman fantasy by swinging from a trapeze in Regent’s Park, hula hoop your way to defined abs or unleash your inner animal with the primal workout that’s meant to be one of London’s most hardcore. Read on for our top 10…
Take your yoga sessions to a whole new realm with Chromayoga. The new yoga brand is set to be 2020’s answer to Hotpod or Bikram (minus the scandal regarding the latter) and combines light and colour psychology techniques, brain stimulating soundscapes and bespoke natural scents with yoga moves for a head to toe, 360, mind-opening, multi-sensory experience.
Swap the crisp variety for the fitness kind this new year and hula hoop your way to fitness. Your inhibitions will need to be left at the door, but your abs will thank you for it long-term as HulaFit’s fun classes give the core a serious workout. Shake your hips to better coordination, strength building and most importantly, a fun cardio workout.
Spend an hour pretending you’re in the Cirque du Soleil at one of Flying Fantastic’s classes. From the aerial hoop that will make you feel like you’re an extra in The Greatest Showman to aerial yoga that will make you look like some kind of bendy fruit bat, there are plenty of classes to choose from it you want to turn your workout upside down.
Whether you’re into strippers or not, you’ve got to admit they’ve got some skills. Strong, lean and with the ability to leave a room mesmerised, there’s more than one reason to take up this alternative fitness class. PolePeople’s classes combine a mix of dance, athleticism, movement and acrobatics to offer a fun and seductive way to get fit in 2020.
Live out all your circus fantasies with this exhilarating workout from Gorilla Circus. Taking place on the edge of Regent’s Park, the one of a kind class might not become part of your regular regime but it’s a fun way to mix up your workouts.
Children can get involved too (the youngest age they take is eight) at the two hour-long classes that teach you how to swing from the trapeze bar and work your way up to performing a trick on the flying trapeze, culminating in being caught full on circus-style by one of the instructors.
Let your body move to the music (and allow your embarrassments levels to soar) at quite possibly London’s most hipster workout. Voga, as the name would suggest, combines the downward dog with the queen of pop as attendees ‘vogue’ their way through a class. The “highly stylised and expressive yoga” class bridges the gap between yoga and dance, set to the beat of poptastic Madonna (and others’) tunes.
Squat like a frog, leap like a gorilla and slither like a snake – we’re not even joking. Zuu, the global fitness fad that is inspired by primal animal movements, is available at selected Virgin Active gyms. And while it might sound like a dreadful am-dram class, it’s said to be one of the most hardcore classes you can take. Expect to sweat buckets but try not to make animal noises.
Fancy learning how to leap from rooftop to rooftop, scale buildings and throw yourself down staircases safely? For the few that answer ‘yes’, head to Parkour Generation in East London to learn the art of Parkour. One way to get the adrenaline pumping and potentially mix up the morning commute.
If London’s lack of mountain ranges is getting you down, head to North London’s Green Lanes for a fitness class intended to take you to new heights. The Castle Climbing Centre is housed in an old Victorian pumping station (but kind of looks like a castle) and the workout itself is said to not only tone and strengthen muscles but help with focus and mindfulness. Win, win.
Fitness with a conscience that stretches far beyond your ideal waistline; the Goodgym is a social enterprise that helps others through running. The pavement pounding community stop off on their runs to do physical tasks for organisations and to support isolated older people with social visits and one-off tasks they can’t do on their own. It’s a great way to get fit, meet new people and do some good. All you need is a pair of running trainers and no qualms about getting a sweat on.
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