As I'm trying to post a little more about London on nnyley I thought it'd be nice to write up my favourite fitness classes in London. I haven't really taken working out that seriously until maybe about five years ago. I avoided doing sports at school at all cost and instead opted to go horse riding instead. Not that that's not a sport but I just way preferred it to field hockey, lacrosse, or tennis. You get the idea. I never really liked going to the gym and it always felt like a foreign place to me in there because I didn't know what all the different types of equipment were for and I didn't know where to start. For me, I think it was the process of actually finding classes that I enjoyed that was the challenge. I did try out a fair share of classes from pilates, cross fit, circuit training, and more but I only ended up sticking with a few of them. I'm also a little more comfortable being at the gym now and actually kind of enjoy doing a little bit of treadmill while listening to my ever-growing list of downloaded podcasts. Once I found a good set of classes that I liked, trying to motivate myself to go wasn't that hard. One thing I'd recommend if you don't feel motivated to go try out gym classes or any classes for that matter is to just book it and schedule it in your diary. Then you HAVE to go and you'll feel great after. I try to work out at least three times a week which I think is a pretty reasonable goal and switch and alternate between my tried and trusted classes. I'm going to share my four favourite exercise classes in London below so if you're interested, keep reading!
I've been going to Psycle for maybe about 4 years now and absolutely love it. I never saw myself as a spinning kind of gal but it's just so addictive. I remember coming out of my first class feeling super energised. Mind you, the first couple of classes were really hard and I had no idea how the people at the front could move their legs so quickly. I think you get used to it though and as you get more and more used to the classes and hopefully, progressively fitter, the challenge becomes enjoyable. Saying that, even though I've been going to Psycle for a long time, I never find it boring or repetitive. There are so many instructors and every class is different. There's normally a warm-up, some sort of a power section where you put the resistance up quite high like you're climbing up a hill, a speedier section, an arms and weights interval, and a cool down with stretches at the end. My favourite instructors there are Lemon, Josh, Seema, Aanya and Marie - I normally go to their classes because the times work out well for me but really, all instructors are so energetic and inspiring, I can't see you making any bad choices there. There are three studios in London now with the Shoreditch one now doing HITT and barre classes too and the facilities in there are really good. Their showers are kitted out with Sachajuan shampoos, conditioners, and body wash and there are hair dryers and straighteners! I sometimes even go to Psycle even before going out - it's just that convenient.
I tend to go to Barrecore on and off but mostly because I normally buy a monthly membership and in doing so, I want to commit to going to four classes a week, which is their magic number to notice a change in your body. There are lots of classes at Barrecore, but I stick with the signature classes and the stretch ones. The signature class starts off with a warm-up, some sort of an arms exercise, barre exercises, floor exercises for some planks and abs work, and then a cool down with some stretches. What I love about it is you can feel your whole body shake while you're exercising and the change is noticeable and comes pretty quickly too.
Okay so these next two ones are relatively new finds but I love them. I do the Velocity classes at Core Collective. It's essentially like some sort of a circuit training class with different stations set up throughout the room and you go around in pairs to complete each rotation. I think in total you do about two sets and by the end of it, you feel like your heart is about to pop out of your body because it's just beating that fast. It's definitely challenging. I think it's the most challenging in terms of the level of difficulty out of any class I've been to but the sense of accomplishment you feel when you walk out and the good kind of ache you feel the next day makes it so worth it. Core Collective also has a really good kitchen in the studio with an amazing food and smoothie menu. I'm so obsessed with their blueberry and cinnamon protein shake. I always make sure to pick it up whenever I finish a class or even just when I'm nearby.
I don't know how it took me so long to finally try a boxing class. I always wanted to because it looked fun and kind of glam (just look at the pictures of Kobox and you'll know what I mean) but I think I was kind of scared and I had a pretty solid work out routine and adding another class meant I had to shift things around. I ended up trying it anyway and oh my god I loved it. At your first class, they tell you how the class is going to go and teach you the different movements with the corresponding numbers. The class is split into two and there's always a set of people doing workouts on the floor like planks, burpees, and all that good stuff while the other people are doing the actual boxing for that time. They project a series of numbers on the wall and you're meant to follow that and punch accordingly (I'm sure there's a more elegant way of explaining that, but you get the idea...) It's a really fun class and there's just something about punching the bag that gets instantly destresses you. Plus, you walk out feeling like a badass so that's good, right? I tend to schedule my Kobox classes later in the week or even for the weekends so I can end the week stress-free and punch out whatever's been bothering me throughout the week.
So that's it for my favourite workout classes in London. I'm sure I'll be trying a lot more classes soon at different studios as I'm trying to get a little bit fitter so I'll keep you guys updated if I come across any other studios that I really like. Thanks for reading and see you guys back here on Sunday! x