Whether fitness has never been your thing, or you’ve fallen off the wagon of late, getting back to the gym can often be daunting. Getting back into classes (cue shouty trainers and teachers pets showing off at the front) can be damn near terrifying. So, we’ve rounded up six of the best classes to get your confidence (and your booty) back, whether you’re into yoga or spin.
Barre is the workout of choice if you want to improve posture, lengthen those limbs (it’s a favourite with many an Amazonian supermodel) and generally just feel the burn. If childhood dance classes still haunt you but you’re keen to try the ballet-inspired class, Define offer 50-minute scaled-down versions so you can really learn the importance of the ‘perfect form’ before joining the big kids.
Nail all the yoga positions in the book so you don’t always have to fallback on ‘child pose’ at Shoreditch and Claptons’ BLOK gym. Arguably one of London’s coolest gyms, their beginners’ classes mean you don’t have to scrimp on style even if your gym leggings haven’t seen the light of day since 2016.
“We don’t spin, we ride” is 1Rebel’s tagline and its classes are known for their banging playlists, enthusiastic instructors, nightclub lighting and serious sound systems. Sound intimidating? Book in for their Fresh Meat class for first-timers only and at a discounted rate of £14.
Heartcore is the number one choice for getting back into, or beginning, your fitness journey. The expert and encouraging trainers will come to you for hourly sessions whether you’re after personal training, want to learn the ropes of the most popular classes or are in need of rehab and pain relief. The class intro courses cover Dynamic Pilates, Barre, Strength + Conditioning, Ride, and Yoga – giving you the confidence to book into your nearest Barry’s or Psycle soon.
Ten promise you will notice a physical difference after 10 classes. If you’ve slacked off the fitness regime recently, their Beginners Reformer Pilates class is for you. While it’s still a workout, focus is also put on getting you familiar with the Pilates Reformer machine (far less scary than it looks) and on practising the techniques you’ll need to isolate muscle groups and activate them correctly.
A reformer bed can be a daunting thing, so book yourself into Frame’s beginners’ class before you tackle the more advanced lessons. Their trainers can help you become familiar and more confident with the equipment to get you on your way to being significantly more bendy and super strong. The brand actively encourages people to try a couple of these basic classes before moving on the open class.
Always fancied yourself as a bona fide yogi but not quite sure what a downward dog actually means? Practice makes perfect and whether it takes one, two, three or more beginners’ classes Yogarise is the place to do it. The class will demystify some of the key postures and terms you’ll need but at a slower, more manageable place. For those looking for a more in-depth introduction to yoga, they also offer beginners’ workshops and courses.
Ok, so some of Gymbox’s classes might not sound like they’re going to ease you in (B.O.L.T, Threshold, Threshold Run and Deathrow all sound pretty hardcore), but they are data-driven classes which could help you stay on track longterm. Participants are able to track their fitness data and use this to mark improvements, allowing them to set their own limits in each class to ensure each session is scalable to their own level of fitness. Sometimes a bit of tough love is all you need.
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