Although I love yoga for the combination of being both a psycial and mental practice, I also love doing all kinds of other work-outs to switch things up. I really believe diversity is good and I also really enjoy trying out different work-outs. Here are some of my London favourites when it comes to other work-outs rather than just yoga:
Frame, Shoreditch and Queen’s Park
Frame actually does yoga but also dance-inspired pure work-out classes, such as Dance Fit, Rave or Get Leggy. Their instructors are amazing and you get a tough work-out but at the same time it’s so much that you don’t even feel it. Sometimes they do pop-up yoga sessions in places like the Boundary rooftop, which I went to an early morning (7:30 sunrise session) and absolutely loved. If anyone from Frame reads this please open up a Studio closer to SW1! They don’t have an intro offer but you can get a Top Up card. Off-peak classes start from £5 (!).
Ten Pilates, all over London
Ten Pilates is one of the best options for Reformer Pilates and they now have 6 locations in London: Notthing Hill, Chiswick, St James’s, Mayfair, Hatton Gardens and City. If you are not used to Reformer Pilates expect sore muscles afterwards! This kind of Pilates is not the most intresting kind of work out for me personally but it really does wonders for your body so if your main goal is to look good and get fit, this is definitely the place for you. Blocks of classes range from £19 to £26 so it’s not the most affordable option for a work-out but classes are small and the instructors great.
The Third Space Gym, Soho and Marylebone
This used to be my gym a few years ago and the only reason I didn’t extend my membership is because I was constanly testing out other places towards the end. That being said, it’s really a great gym. They have everything from Aerial yoga to spinning and TRX classes. Although they don’t have that many yoga classes the ones they have are really good, which is quite rare for gyms I find. Off-peak classes are not crowded and the instructors are very hands-on. TTS is probably on the slightly more expensive side for gyms in central London but at £139 per month I actually think it’s quite affordable considering what you get for your money, if you are a person who works 3-4 times a week.
Barry’s Bootcamp, Euston
Anyone who has been to Barry’s knows that it really is a bootcamp. Classes are broken down into two parts, one with weights and one with running on the threadmill. The weight part is fairly easy for someone who is reasonably in shape but the running part is cruel! The classes are built around the idea to ‘shock’ the body with high-intensity sprints and it’s said that you can burn up to 1000 calories per hour. Barry’s is a great work-out but as classes can be big I guess the weight part could be tricky for someone who is not used to weights as they are not really monitored by the instructor.
Lomax is a bespoke gym and fitness center that offers personal training, high-intesity so called Blast classes, Pilates, Psysio and much more. It’s a very local kind of place and classes are small. The instructors are amazing and very hands-on. They also have a great cafe. Blocks of classes ranges from £12,5 to £20.