THE BUZZ-WORTHY STUDIO: Third Space Mayfair
If you’re itching to get back to the gym, Third Space’s new spot on Curzon Street in Mayfair will more than make up for months of working out at home. At the group’s seventh club you’ll find plenty of high-tech fitness equipment, including a Wattbike zone, Skill-Run treadmills and a 12m sled track for strength work, as well as UV-filtered air. Post-workout, chill out in the sea salt-walled sauna, refuel at the on-site café, which serves macro-balanced meals, and make use of the laundry service, so you’ll always have fresh kit in your locker ready for your next session.
THE TECH: Vaha
Take your home workouts to the next level with Vaha, the UK’s first interactive fitness mirror. The cutting-edge device beams a personal trainer into your living room, and is loaded with more than 200 different routines, whatever your exercise goal or preference. Meanwhile, the mirror analyses your movements to help correct form and technique, whether you’re tuning into a HIIT, cardio, yoga or barre class. Vaha also allows users to book personalised sessions with real trainers, as well as offering live classes throughout the day. When switched off, it looks like a chunky, contemporary mirror, and you can connect five user profiles per membership, making it a top choice for active households.
THE HOLISTIC OPTION: Vanessa Michielon
Advocating that physical and mental health go hand in hand, Vanessa Michielon is trained in yoga, Pilates, barre and dance, and specialises in movement to help your mind. Her unique approach, the Transformative Movement Method, revolves around four different class types – Restore, Flow, Empower and Release – each of which aims to reduce stress, help you build self-esteem and boost energy. Tune into Restore, a gentle yin yoga-inspired session, to down-regulate the nervous system at the end of a busy day, or kickstart the weekend with the barre-inspired Release session. Membership will give you access to live and on-demand classes too.
THE WELLNESS CONCIERGE: URWell
If it’s not just your fitness levels that could do with a helping hand, the URWell team has you covered. Integrating physical and mental wellbeing, each of its packages has been designed to help you achieve peak fitness and be the best version of yourself. Following a thorough consultation, the team will recommend the right package for your goals, which will include everything from one-on-one workouts, meditation and stretch and mobility sessions to live group glasses and check-ins with nutritional therapists and wellness coaches.
THE APP: TRX Training Club
The savvy way to build strength, improve flexibility and develop balance and core stability, TRX provides a killer workout. Whether you’re a runner to looking to build endurance or are more into yoga and Pilates, TRX is for everyone – there’s no other workout where you can so easily adapt the movements. The TRX Training Club is the perfect add-on to your kit – sweat with virtual classmates in a live class, go solo with an on-demand session or book a one-on-one class with a TRX expert to hone your technique. With six live classes every day across seven different training programmes, you’ll keep your body guessing – plus, your first seven days are free.
THE 2-WEEK CHALLENGE: Psycle
Since the start of the pandemic, Psycle has been offering online workouts – spinning, strength, barre and yoga – via its live and on-demand platform, Psycle At Home. Bringing Psycle’s renowned energy, soundtracks and trainers right to your living room, these virtual classes are some of the best out there. If you’re in need of a pre-Christmas reboot, consider signing up to the 14-day Energy Booster challenge. Available at both beginner and intermediate level, the programme encourages you to take ten classes in two weeks, and there are plenty of alternative bike-free workouts to make it work with whatever kit you have. Whether it’s through downward dogs or rounds of burpees, trust us when we say you’ll feel brighter and lighter afterwards. The best bit? Psycle At Home offers a free 30-day trial.
THE PT OFFERING: Frame
One-on-one time with a personal trainer is so worth it if you have specific fitness goals or an event on the horizon. Feel-good studio Frame recently launched Personal Framing – bespoke sessions covering strength, yoga, Pilates and pre and post-natal. Whether you’re looking to get stronger or build confidence, each session is tailored to you, and the Frame team are so confident you’ll love what’s on offer that your first session is free. Available throughout the week at Frame’s studios in King’s Cross, Shoreditch, Angle, Farringdon, Fitzrovia and Victoria.
THE PILATES CLASS: Isa-Welly Locoh-Donou
Proof that not all workouts need to be hardcore, former professional dancer Isa-Welly is a name to know in the world of online Pilates. Having struggled with burnout, she now takes a gentle, practical approach to movement – sign up for one of her Pilates courses, each of which comes with workouts to do in your own time, whether your goal is toning, stress management or increased energy. If you’re looking to make real changes, consider signing up to Isa-Welly’s 12-week course – as a nutritional therapist and wellness coach, she knows every trick in the book to help you feel better.
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