From the latest barre workout to the cult HIIT class taking the fitness world by storm, read on to discover the eight new gym classes to have on your radar...
Signature Lite at Barrecore
Whether you’re recovering from injury, are a fitness beginner or a new mum, Barrecore’s latest class is aimed at all abilities. Incorporating a greater repetition of the studio’s iconic barre movements, but at a slower pace with more recovery time between sets, this 55-minute class will help you to master Barrecore moves. Don’t expect an easy ride though – you’ll still be using your own bodyweight, props and plenty of pliés and lunges to lengthen all major muscle groups.
WHERE? Studios in Chelsea, Chiswick, Hampstead, Kensington, Mayfair, Moorgate, Wandsworth and Wimbledon
HOW MUCH? Individual classes are £28
Zone Chair at Transition
Described by Women’s Health as the “coolest thing to happen in Pilates since the reformer bed”, the reformer Pilates chair is the talk of the wellness scene, and for good reason. Designed to stretch and strengthen every muscle group, the chair consists of a reformer seat and a foot bar with attached springs for added resistance; giving you stronger abs, more sculpted arms, greater flexibility and improved posture. The ultimate cross-training workout, Transition's 45-minute Zone’s Chair class is the only one in the capital – expect to use free weights, bodyweight and kettle bells for results and then some.
WHERE? Parsons Green
HOW MUCH? New clients can get two classes for £25 or ten consecutive days of classes for £50
Afterburner at Third Space
HIIT fans should make a beeline for Third Space’s Afterburner class, which will boost your metabolism for hours after and help develop leaner, stronger muscles. Get ready to use TRX training, kettlebells and your own bodyweight during this high intensity class – all the drills have been designed and rooted with EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption), for a science-backed workout designed to get you in shape fast.
WHERE? Studios in Tower Bridge, Soho, Marylebone and Canary Wharf
HOW MUCH? Membership starts from £130 per month but if you’ve got a friend who’s already a member, you can pay £25 for a day pass with unlimited classes
M3 Fusion at Studio Lagree
Don’t be fooled by the reformer-style beds – this is no ordinary Pilates class. One for hardcore gym lovers, Studio Lagree – the latest US fitness craze to cross the pond – offers a high-octane, bootcamp-style workout. The studio’s signature M3 Fusion class is a 50-minute full-body workout that will have you aching in places you didn’t think possible and despite its body-boosting credentials, M3 Fusion is impact free, making it ideal for those with weight-bearing issues or injuries who still want a good workout. Dubbed ‘reformer Pilates on steroids’, this isn’t for the faint-hearted.
WHERE? The City
HOW MUCH? Your initial class will set you back just £15; classes thereafter are priced at £30.
Chair Yoga at Triyoga
Designed for stressed-out desk workers, Triyoga’s Chair Yoga incorporates adapted yoga postures for those who sit in chairs all day, as well as breath awareness and meditation techniques. Expect to learn how to open your chest and strengthen the muscles that cause shoulders to slump forward and how to release tension in the neck to improve posture. While you may not break a sweat, consider this an investment in your health.
HOW MUCH? £17 per class
Stuck in a fitness rut? Head down to F45 – Australia’s latest training export. The concept? 45-minute sessions based around HIIT-style exercises in sets of short intervals – expect everything from ropes, kettlebells and rowing machines, to sleds to Swiss balls. Opt for Athletica, a cardio hit that burns 800 calories; Romans, which uses weights to tone to new levels; or Hollywood, an hour-long session of ropes, rowing and bikes. You’ll leave exhausted – but it’s addictive.
WHERE? Studios in Farringdon, Kingston, Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Wandsworth
HOW MUCH? New clients can get seven days for £20, and individual classes are priced from £16 thereafter
VersaClimber at BXR
Only the brave need apply to BXR’s VersaClimber classes, which have been proven to burn up to 1,000 calories per session. The aim is to climb to the beat of the music – giving a full body, no-impact workout that leaves you with a perter bottom after only a few sessions. The Hollywood PT squad back up the VersaClimber equipment’s ability to sculpt and slim silhouettes at breakneck speed – Dalton Wong, who trains the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Stone, is a fan.
HOW MUCH? Prices for an individual class start from £15
Jump Rope at Equinox
For a full-body workout and abs of steel, book in for Equinox’s latest class, Jump Rope. A 30-minute session, the class incorporates high-tech ‘fury’ ropes (they’re as tough as they sound – they’re loaded with 2lb weights) for a power, conditioning and cardio sting, while alternating with a lighter agility rope to train you in speed and skill. Skipping to sculpt is a favourite with A-listers – Kate Hudson and Adriana Lima have all been seen jumping rope.
HOW MUCH? Monthly membership to the gym and unlimited classes costs £205