BEST FOR BARRE: Barrecore
Having now opened 10 studios across the country, Barrecore recently launched its own online platform, too. Renowned for its ballet-Pilates hybrid sessions that focus on isometric movements to increase strength and flexibility, this workout guarantees real results – think lithe, toned limbs, a perkier bottom and better posture. From six-week transformation programmes to classes that focus solely on arms and abs, there’s something for everyone. All you need is one of the brand’s accessory packs (featuring grippy socks, inflatable ball and resistance band) and you’re good to go.
BEST FOR BOUTIQUE FITNESS: Peloton
Cycle supernova Peloton recently released a fitness app that allows you to sprint, stretch and strength train under the guidance of first-class instructors, all without having to fork out thousands on Peloton’s next-level equipment. As well as 950 new pre-recorded classes every month, the brand’s under-the-radar digital iteration allows you to join in remotely with live sessions too. Workouts accommodate all levels of fitness, while the supportive, informative instructors feel like your very own personal trainer, all for a fraction of the cost.
BEST FOR BOXING FANS: The Boxx Method
A virtual boxing workout live from your living room may sound too good to be true, but that’s precisely what’s on offer with The Boxx Method. Each of the sessions – Full Body, Lower Body or Upper Body – lasts just 15 or 30 minutes, making them perfect for those with busy schedules. Taking a rounded approach to fitness, Boxx combines intense sessions, think shadowboxing with weights, with slower, yoga-focused classes for optimal recovery. Boxing at home doesn’t have the wow-factor of your classic Kobox experience, but if it’s the fitness-boosting, toning results you’re after, this could be one for you.
BEST FOR YOGIS: Annie Clarke The Practice
Whether you’ve made a resolution to spend more time on the mat or are a total beginner, look no further than super-yogi Annie Clarke’s latest at-home offering, The Practice. Set to become this year’s hottest virtual studio, The Practice offers far more than your average YouTube video. Each month, expect four new full-length classes led by Annie (aka Mind Body Bowl), meditation sessions and stress-busting Spotify playlists. There’s also an impressive archive of shorter practices for busy days and access to an exclusive online community. The best bit? A month’s membership will set you back less than the price of a single class in London.
BEST FOR ALL-ROUND CONDITIONING: P.volve
The workout of choice for Victoria’s Secret models, P.volve offers body sculpting, muscle-honing classes with iconic kit you may well have spied on your IG feed – think inflatable balls that strap to your inner thighs, gliders and ankle weights. Devoid of burpees and high intensity moves, the P.volve method might look easy but don’t be fooled –you’ll soon feel the burn in your arms, legs and glutes. Commit to three sessions a week through the app or online and prepare to sculpt hard-to-target areas such as the inner thighs, lower bottom and underarms.
BEST FOR MOTIVATION: Fiit
Fiit is on a mission to make fitness addictive and accessible. Via its interactive app, Fiit aims to bring the best of boutique fitness to your living room, connecting to your TV and beaming the UK’s most in-demand trainers – think Cat Meffan, Luke Worthington, Chessie King and Richie Norton among countless others – to guide you through classes spanning cardio, strength and recovery. Membership comes with a heart rate monitor strap, which displays your efforts on-screen and ranks you against fellow participants - ideal for unleashing your inner competitive streak.
BEST FOR A HEALTH OVERHAUL: SWEAT
There’s a reason Kayla Itsines’ digital offering is the world’s number one fitness app. Brutal but accessible and taking a 360-degree approach to wellbeing, the benefits of this cult programme go further than just sculpting a six-pack. A combination of plyometrics, bodyweight and hypertrophy training, Kaya’s strength sessions will get your heart rate soaring while dedicated LISS and rehabilitation sessions will supercharge your rest days. Need a helping hand with diet? There’s nutrition advice and healthy recipes aplenty too. Other clever features include a step tracker, hydration monitors and automated shopping lists to make meal prep a breeze.
BEST FOR FUSS-FREE FITNESS: Aaptiv
Unlike other fitness apps, Aaptiv prides itself on its intelligent audio workouts, which mean there’s no need to constantly check your screen. Simply select your workout – there’s over 2,500 to choose from – and let your trainer guide you through, giving you the freedom and headspace to focus on the task in hand. Plus, all the workouts are available to download to listen offline, meaning you don’t need a WiFi connection to break a sweat – ideal for unreliable hotel internet when travelling. Membership also includes access to race training programmes, perfect if you fancy venturing further than your front door.
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