9 Fitness Challenges To Kickstart January

Whether you’re on a mission to tone and sculpt, increase flexibility or just want to improve your overall health, there’s no time like the present to embrace a new fitness challenge or programme. Here are the ones that get our vote…
By Tor West /

For Serious Results:

Roar Fitness

A favourite of the fashion crowd, Roar’s programme is built around weight training and diet, and its clients see quick and long-lasting results. To get you on your way, sign up for a four-week online training programme, which starts with a consultation. You’ll then be given a monthly training programme as well as a nutrition and supplementation plan – all the workouts are done via the Roar app. You’ll also receive access to private YouTube videos to help you master your technique. Throughout the month, you’ll have weekly check-ins with your trainer. They’ll make weekly adjustments based on your progress, fix any obstacles you may be encountering and analyse your sessions to advise how you can train harder and more effectively. 

The Details: A four-week online training programme costs £299 – eight-week and 12-week packages are also available. Bear in mind the programmes are designed around access to a gym, so you may need to factor a membership into the equation if you don’t have adequate kit at home. 

Visit Roar-Fitness.com

For Bespoke Coaching:

Aimee Victoria Long

If you’re looking to make lasting changes and are prepared to commit to a longer programme, PT Aimee Victoria Long’s eight-week transformation challenge is for you. One of the UK’s leading PTs, Aimee is also a Pilates instructor and barre specialist, which underpins her expertise in sculpting lean, toned bodies. Each plan is entirely bespoke – after a consultation with Aimee, you’ll receive an eight-week workout programme tailored to your goals, which can also be tweaked for home and outdoor sessions, as well as a bespoke nutrition plan with meal ideas sent out every other week. To keep you motivated, there’s an app to track your progress, and Aimee and her team are on hand 24/7. 

The Details: The transformation challenge starts on 9th January and limited places are available. Get in touch with Aimee for pricing and more information. 

Visit AimeeVictoriaLong.com

For IRL Workouts:

Barry’s

There’s a reason the Barry’s formula is iconic. Combining sprints on the treadmill to improve heart health and endurance with strength training to build muscle, kickstart fat loss and supercharge metabolism, it’s about as effective as it gets. Each class combines 25 minutes of cardio with 25 minutes of weights, and classes are tailored to specific parts of the body throughout the week. This year, Barry’s is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and to mark the occasion it’s launching a new, limited-edition Decade class pack valid for use at all its UK studios, seven of which are in London. The package includes 20 classes to be used by the end of January and costs £265 – a saving of 35%. If you’re signing up, be sure to vary the classes throughout the week for best results. 

The Details: Studios can be found in Canary Wharf, Victoria, St Paul’s, Soho, Shoreditch, Queensway and Holborn as well as Liverpool and Manchester.

Visit Barrys.com

For Body Confidence:

Sculptrition

Amanda, the founder of Sculptrition, has been in the industry for over a decade and her programme is known for delivering sustainable weight loss. Believing that diets and quick fixes don’t work in the long term, Amanda will help you lose weight without eliminating food groups, measuring portion sizes or spending hours in the gym. This month, Amanda is offering a free 30-day trial to her Sculpt membership, an online platform that includes unlimited bookings to live classes – spanning from cardio to yoga – unlimited access to on-demand classes, weekly meal plans, a private community group and 24/7 support. 

The Details: Access to the platform is free until the end of January, although one-to-ones with Amanda come at an additional cost. 

Visit Sculptrition.com

For Variety:

Sweat by Kayla Itsines

The original fitness programme, Kayla Itsines’s iconic Sweat app has something for everyone, whether you’re looking to build lean muscle, are short on time, have minimal kit or are a new mum wanting to improve strength. From low-impact, easy-to-follow programmes that are ideal for beginners to gym-based sessions designed to supercharge sculpting, the options really are endless. Not sure where to start? We’re signing up to Kayla’s Mix It Up Challenge, an intermediate programme that can be done at home and includes three HIIT workouts per week. The programmes can also be synced to your Apple watch for trainer videos and exercise instructions.

The Details: Your first seven days on the app are free, £16.68 per month thereafter.

Visit Sweat.com

For Supporting Hormones:

The Female Curve

Going one step further than your average fitness programme, The Female Curve offers insights into your hormones to help you perform at your best. After an initial consultation with one of its coaches, you can track your mood, sleep, energy and stress levels, nutrition, menstrual cycle symptoms and workouts via an easy-to-use dashboard. This data is then analysed by the team to provide actionable advice and appropriate workout suggestions based on real-time data, wrapped up in a weekly plan. Whether you’re looking to become more in tune with your body, struggle with PCOS, or are trying to conceive, the programme is hyper-personalised, coach-led and data-driven. Subscription to the app also gives you access to hundreds of workouts spanning cardio, strength, Pilates and mobility as well as bespoke meal plans.  

The Details: An eight-week signature programme starts from £300.

Visit TheFemaleCurve.com

For Strength Training:

Wildcat Fitness

Wildcat Fitness founder LJ has over 13 years of experience in the fitness industry, with clients including Oscar and Grammy winners and members of the royal family. Launching on 9th January, her ten-week, online PT Club uses strength-focused training methods to help you get stronger, fitter and transform your body. Each week, you’ll commit to three workouts programmed by LJ, combining strength and cardio as well as mobility and stretches for recovery. Throughout the programme, you’ll have regular check-ins with LJ to check on progress and help you towards your goals. The programme can be done in a gym or at home, providing you have access to dumbbells and a resistance band. 

The Details: Access to the PT Club costs £59 per month.

Visit WildCatBootcamp.co.uk

For The Community:

F45

F45 – Functional 45 – is a results-driven fitness community specialising in high-intensity workouts that was born in Australia and has quickly spread around the globe. Designed by sport scientists and athletes, a 45-minute session burns over 800 calories, improves energy levels, metabolic rate, strength and endurance through the power of HIIT. Taking place on set dates throughout the year, F45’s 45-Day Challenge brings together the principles of F45 along with bespoke food and workout plans to help you reach your goals. As part of the package, which includes a complimentary membership at an F45 studio of your choice for six weeks, you’ll also have access to an online portal of resources, such as recipes and a personalised dashboard to track progress. 

The Details: The next 45-day challenge starts on 23rd January – pricing depends on your local studio.

Visit F45Training.com

For A Gentle Approach:

The Yoga Library

Whether you’re looking to get into yoga or want to progress your skills, The Yoga Library’s January challenge offers a gentle approach to movement. From 40-minute vinyasa flows to 20 minutes of slow flow, no two days are the same and the programme is designed to promote variety and keep the body challenged. Classes are pre-recorded, giving you flexibility with the timings, and are set against a clean backdrop to instil a sense of calm. For a further challenge, get involved with workshops to immerse yourself in a specific area to deepen your practice – from delving into a particular posture or understanding a challenging asana. 

The Details: Monthly access costs £19.99 and provides full access to 250+ classes as well as the January challenge. If you don’t want to commit to a month’s membership, you can rent any of the classes for 24 hours through a pay-as-you-practise offering. 

Visit TheYogaLibrary.co

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