The Outdoor Fitness Classes To Know

Gyms may have re-opened, but with social distancing guidelines still in force, there’s rarely been a better time to take your workout outside. Whether you’re into HIIT, boxing, running, or prefer to take things a little slower, these are the outdoor classes to try…

BEST FOR YOGA: FLEX

If your regular Zoom yoga class has lost its appeal, head down to Battersea Park for a flow with a difference. Guaranteed to boost both your fitness levels and your mood, cult Chelsea studio FLEX’s outdoor yoga classes are set to a verdant backdrop and held by some of the capital’s top instructors. Start your Tuesday with a 7:30am power flow, or wind down on a Wednesday evening with a stress-busting 60-minute session. With classes capped at five people, it’s the perfect way to get some headspace and stay safe, as well as receiving maximum attention – ideal if you’re a beginner yogi looking to progress. 
 
WHERE: Battersea Park.
 
Visit FlexChelsea.com

BEST FOR A FITNESS RE-SET: The Fore

The Fore – our favourite addition to the recently revamped King’s Cross development – is taking its renowned workout outside for the foreseeable future. Sign up to Fore Strength, a full-body HIIT workout that combines plyometric and cardio-based bodyweight exercises to raise your heart rate, or Fore Restore, a mobility-focused session designed to correct lockdown-induced postural alignment and improve flexibility. All classes are capped at five people, too, giving these sessions a PT-focused vibe.
 
WHERE: King’s Cross.
 
Visit The-Fore.co.uk

BEST FOR RESULTS: Be Military Fit

The original outdoor workout, Be Military Fit is now on offer in 140 locations across the UK, as well as 30 in London alone. Fronted by legendary adventurer Bear Grylls, the outdoor bootcamp (which you may know as British Military Fitness, the original name before they rebranded in 2018) serves up a hard-hitting session that guarantees serious results. Their signature class comprises physical preparation with strength as well as drills designed to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness – a combination that will supercharge your results. Suitable for all, classes are split by ability and take place whatever the weather.
 
WHERE: Across the UK.
 
Visit BeMilitaryFit.com

BEST FOR THE COMMUNITY: Quit The Gym

If you’re based west, check out Quit The Gym, which offers a variety of classes in Walpole Park, Lammas Park and Ealing Common. Whatever your fitness goal, there’s a class to suit – take, for example, Boxfit, a skills-focused workout that’ll hone your punching technique, and Circuits, a heart-raising session that incorporates weighted stations, core exercises, bodyweight moves and shuttle runs. Once you’re feeling fighting fit, sign up to Extreme, Quit The Gym’s toughest class, which uses the likes of kettlebells, tyres and med balls to burn fat and build lean muscle – it’s the ultimate way to take your training into the fresh air.
 
WHERE: Ealing.
 
Visit QuitTheGym.co.uk

BEST FOR ONE-ON-ONE: Motivate PT

Motivate PT is one of London’s top PT services (we relied on them for marathon training a couple of years ago) and the team are now on hand for small group training, too. After a consultation with the Motivate team, you’ll be matched to one of their gold-star trainers, depending on your goals, with classes taking place at a time and location of your choosing. Working out with a friend or two is an ideal way to reduce the costs of a PT session and will help keep you on track to meet your fitness goals. Motivate also offer a free 45-minute taster session, enabling you to test the waters before buying a bundle of classes.
 
WHERE: Across London.
 
Visit MotivatePT.co.uk

BEST FOR CENTRAL LONDON: Digme

If you’re back in the office and based in the West End, be sure to head down to Digme, who are now holding al fresco classes in the heart of Covent Garden, a stone’s throw from the Seven Dials studio. Choose from Matrix Total Body, a full-body, HIIT-focused workout that will leave you burning energy for hours; Power, a dynamic vinyasa practice; Flow, a slower, breath-lead practice; and Combat HIIT, a boxing-inspired workout designed to fire up your metabolism. Plus, all attendees will leave with a goody bag, packed with healthy treats to help you refuel post workout.
 
WHERE: Covent Garden.
 
Visit DigmeFitness.com

BEST FOR HIIT: F45 Peckham

Australian-born training programme F45, which focuses on high-intensity sessions, is one of the fastest-growing fitness franchises in the world. Said to burn 750 calories in just 45 minutes, F45’s cult mix of strength training and cardio will make your body more efficient. F45’s Peckham team has recently set up camp in Peckham Rye, where it’s holding classes at 7am every weekday and at 9am on both Saturdays and Sundays, giving you plenty of options when it comes to getting your fitness fix.
 
WHERE: Peckham Rye.
 
Visit F45Training.co.uk

BEST FOR RUNNERS: OneTrack

The brainchild of top running coach and biomechanics expert Anthony Fletcher, OneTrack’s virtual run club was born out of lockdown and already boasts a loyal following. With all sessions held virtually, you’re not tied a specific location – simply dial in and you’re good to go, wherever you are in the world. With a variety of sessions throughout the week – think interval training, speed play, tempo runs and mobility work – there’s zero chance of getting bored, and classes are suitable for beginners and pros, alike. The perfect way to discover your local green spaces, OneTrack is on a mission to make you a better runner.
 
WHERE: Your local park – all sessions are done remotely.
 
Visit OneTrack.Club

BEST FOR THE BOOTCAMP VIBE: Train Dirty London

Train Dirty London offers one of London’s toughest, high-intensity, full body group workouts, and, taking place in more than 20 locations across the capital, there’s a class for everyone. Founded by a group of ex-professional athletes, expect top tuition and real results. Designed to constantly challenge the body to avoid reaching a plateau, no two workouts are the same, and with sessions costing less than a tenner, it’s an affordable option, too.
 
WHERE: Various locations across London.
 
Visit TrainDirtyLondon.com
 
 
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