How & Where To Take Your Workout Outside

Indoor group fitness classes may be off the cards for the next few weeks, but like so many businesses of late, some of the capital’s most in-demand studios have got creative and taken their classes outside. Here are some of the best to book now…
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BEST FOR KICKSTARTING FITNESS LEVELS: 1Rebel

If your step count has taken a back seat in the last few months, the team at 1Rebel has everything you need to get your fitness back on track. Their outdoor bootcamp, which is currently running in Shoreditch Place and on the rooftop above their studio in Victoria’s Cardinal Place, is a combination of strength and cardio intervals that will get your heart rate soaring. There’s also the option to tune into an audio Reshape, Ride or Rumble session, which you can do at one of the 1Rebel studios in your own time. 

THE DETAILS: A single session costs £8, while a bundle of five outdoor/audio sessions will set you back £35.

Visit 1Rebel.com

BEST FOR VARIETY: BXR

Double heavyweight champion Antony Joshua’s cult boxing gym BXR is taking over Paddington Gardens for outdoor sessions. If you’ve missed the boutique fitness treatment, BXR Parks has everything you need to keep you on your toes. Choose from boxing, cardio and core conditioning and strength classes, with sessions held by the club’s five-star team. Classes are held in Paddington Gardens, a stone’s throw from Marylebone BXR. If you’re a BXR member, you can also sign up for household, work or bubble in-studio classes on the legendary VersaClimber.

THE DETAILS: Classes are held throughout the week for £20 per session (or six classes for £100), although BXR members get complimentary access until 17th May. There’s no need to bring anything – you’ll be provided with a fully sterilised mat, set of weights and resistance bands prior to your session. 

Visit BXRLondon.com

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. 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 strength and drills designed to improve aerobic and anaerobic fitness – a combination guaranteed to supercharge results. Suitable for all, classes are split by ability. 

THE DETAILS: Classes take place across the UK, but due to current restrictions classes have a limited number of spaces so book beforehand to avoid disappointment. Prices depend on location, but your first session is free. 

Visit BeMilitaryFit.com

BEST FOR HIIT: F45

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, its cult mix of strength and cardio has been designed to make your body more efficient. F45’s Brixton team has recently set up The Yard, where cardio-focused classes are held throughout the week. Weights are provided – all you need to bring is a towel and exercise mat. 

THE DETAILS: F45 Brixton is currently the only studio running F45 Track; drop-in sessions are £25 but a seven-day trial is available for £20.

Visit F45Training.co.uk

BEST FOR YOGA: FLEX Chelsea

If you’re based in south London, head down to Battersea Park for a session with the FLEX team. Guaranteed to boost both your fitness levels and mood, FLEX’s Saturday morning yoga Power Flow is the ultimate way to get some headspace, while Monday evening’s Flexit HIIT sessions incorporate interval training to make you stronger and faster. On a mission to make boutique fitness classes accessible to all, FLEX’s outdoor classes are free of charge and suitable for all levels. 

THE DETAILS: Classes won’t go ahead if it’s raining but you’ll be updated on the day if that’s the case. Booking is essential.

Visit FLEXChelsea.com

BEST FOR TONING: Paola’s Body Barre

London’s original ballet workout, Paola’s Body Barre (aka PBB) guarantees serious results after just four sessions. Dynamic, fun and high energy, PBB has taken things outside, holding classes six times a week at Bishop’s Park in Fulham. Drawing various elements from Pilates, yoga and ballet barre conditioning, these sessions will tone from top to toe, giving you a strong, chiselled body and an incredibly strong core. 

THE DETAILS: Five classes will set you back £67.50, while individual classes cost £15. You’ll also need to take a looped resistance band and a long, flat resistance band with you to class.

Visit PaolasBodyBarre.com

BEST FOR WORKING UP A SWEAT: Psycle

SL-fave Psycle started life as a spin-only destination but recently expanded its offerings to include strength, barre and yoga classes. Bringing all the Pyscle vibes – think epic playlists and energy – its strength classes are frequented by those in the know and are now available outside in Regent’s and Battersea Parks. Taking place every Wednesday at 7:30am and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30am, these bootcamp-style classes are guaranteed to make you sweat.

THE DETAILS: A single bootcamp credit costs £15 – full details of the event, including where to meet, will be emailed to you ahead of the class.

Visit PsycleLondon.com

BEST FOR RUNNERS: OneTrack

The brainchild of top running coach and biomechanics expert Anthony Fletcher, OneTrack’s run club is back on track after a year of virtual classes. Interval-based sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6pm and all levels are welcome, whether you’re totally new to running or are working towards a bigger goal. Plus, sessions are held at the Duke of York Square track, just off the King’s Road, the track where Roger Bannister trained for his famous sub-four-minute mile. 

THE DETAILS: A spot can be secured for free or for a contribution of £5. Free places are released on the day but OneTrack members get early bird access and guaranteed free places. 

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BEST FOR SPINNING: SoulCycle x Selfridges 

Fitness collaborations don’t get better than this. Tucked round the back of Selfridges in Edward Mews, SoulCycle has set up an outdoor studio, where bikes are socially distanced for a fun and safe workout. Whether you’re a morning person or prefer to work out later in the day, the jam-packed timetable means there’s something for everyone, although advance booking is highly recommended. 

THE DETAILS: SoulCycle Outside London at Selfridges will be open until 4th July; daily classes are available to book a week in advance. 

Visit Soul-Cycle.com

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