Keen to improve your bikini body? With the boutique fitness trend showing no sign of waning – those in-the-know are heading to Heartcore for what's being coined as London's best workout.
The Lowdown: Don’t be mistaken by the name, Heartcore is actually much more intense than it sounds. The brainchild of personal trainer Jess Schuring (former clients include Elle Macpherson), Heartcore offers 55-minute, results-driven classes in Reformer Pilates, TRX and Barre.
Who Goes: After being named ‘London’s best workout’ by Grazia and as Highly Commended in Tatler’s Beauty Awards, an array of fashion editors now swear by Heartcore for its figure transforming benefits.
The Workouts: Those keen to get their waists whittled and bums toned swear by Heartcore’s Pilates. Known as the most dynamic reformer in town, Heartcore combines traditional Pilates moves on varying resistance with bootcamp-style exercises including planks, crunches and squats.
The most recent addition to their repertoire is Schuring’s own twist on barre, combining ‘intelligent sequencing of choreography and isolated micro-movements to work the muscle fibres to the point of fatigue.’ With continuous repetitions of seriously thigh-burning movements that make other classes look like childhood ballet.
Difficulty Rating: Hard. These classes are challenging, and despite little cardio, you will certainly sweat. However, the nature of the exercises mean they can be adjusted for even the most novice of attendees.
What Makes It Different: Each class is small with no more than 12 at a time, so the instructors correct you each time you go wrong or fatigue, ensuring you are worked out to the absolute maximum.
What Are The Advantages: The post-class muscle burn alone ensures you know that you have seriously worked out, but the repetition of slow-movements targets hard-to-reach muscles in places such as the bum, inner thighs and waist to create a sculpted and lean figure.
The Studio: Contrasting with the hardcore nature of the workout, the seven studios across London are the definition of luxe with glowing interiors, candles and the most high-tech equipment in town.
Plus, we can’t forget the changing rooms filled with Green & Spring products, Indian wicker baskets and massaging showers.
How Do I Get Involved: Classes are priced at £27 each, or less as part of a package. So if you’re keen to sculpt that bikini body sign up now, we particularly recommend head-trainer Robbie’s Pilates class for serious burn.