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Want to try out a couple of London’s innovative fitness opportunities but don’t have the time to do the research? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you want to soothe your soul through your spinning class at Psycle or try your hand at ballet-based fitness with Barrecore, our guide will have you running, jumping (and stretching/lunging/spinning) for joy.

THE SBC EXPERIENCE

Up until recently, the SBC (Skinny Bitch Collective) has remained an elusive beast, only rearing its coconut-oiled head to a super-toned select few. Founder Russell Bateman has now opened up the notoriously exclusive exercise club, offering an online curation of today’s finest regimes for health and wellness to all. Russell’s ‘no equipment, no excuses’ philosophy means you don’t need a gym to get your ass kicked and your holiday training doesn’t have to stop when you check in at the airport. Get involved in circuits from the online programme so you can look as good in a bikini as Ellie Goulding does in a sports bra.

BOOM CYCLE 16 Procter St, WC1V 6NX 2-8 Scrutton St, EC2A 4RT

Sweating in a candlelit studio while Drake is blasting out of the speakers – what a way to start the day. Boom is one of many bespoke spin studios in London that are putting the emphasis on having fun rather than working out. The instructors are some of the most energetic people around and each one has their own routine. You can wear your own trainers or rent special shoes which keep you stapled to the bike and the studio is dark, so no one has to know what shade of beetroot you turn after 45 minutes. Jump into a shower stashed with REN products after class.

PSYCLE 76 Mortimer Street, W1W 7SA Unit 46, Level 2, Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, E14 5LQ

You’ve probably heard of Soul Cycle, the new workout trend taking over New York and LA that that aims to meet the needs of your body and your mind simultaneously. PSYCLE is London’s take on this. Imagine going clubbing on a bike while actually doing valuable exercise. It helps you to have fun and get lost in the experience, which is certain to make your workout go quickly. Envision yourself on the White Isle with their ‘Ibiza Ride’ or channel Queen B with the ‘Beyoncé Ride’.

YOGA AT THE RUMPUS ROOM AT THE MONDRIAN HOTEL 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD

Whether or not you have ever attended one of the events that take place in the Rumpus Room bar at the Mondrian, now you can visualise yourself doing so whilst practicing yoga. From June onwards, from 7-8AM every Monday morning, this venue will be transformed into a yoga studio. The class, aptly titled Sunrise Yoga, is situated on the 12th floor of the hotel and offers views of the London skyline through its glass walls. Each session can accommodate up to 20 people, costing £17 for hotel residents and £20 for day guests.

TRIYOGA

We can’t quite work out whether Triyoga is a gym, a spa or a doctor’s surgery. It is not only a centre of excellence for yoga and pilates, but also offers a variety of fantastic remedial treatments including osteopathy and massage. Superior instructing methods make it a fantastic center for competent yogis, however is perhaps not so ideal for beginners. Located in Soho, Camden, Chelsea and Covent Garden.

BRITISH MILITARY FITNESS

The original and marginally less glamorous version of ‘Barry’s Bootcamp’ offers a top quality workout. Each class has slight differences, but all work to a basic formula. They are broken down into ability levels, so you don’t need to worry about collapsing from exhaustion at the feet of a seasoned BMF member during your first session. Head to their website to find your nearest venue out of its 28 locations across London.

GRACE BELGRAVIA 11c West Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL

This women’s-only membership club has a superior fitness facility that has been designed with women’s health and fitness in mind. Along with the gym, Grace also has an integrated medical clinic, spa retreat and health-food café, and has a dedicated focus on nutrition. It often hosts inspiring events for members and their guests, such as supper-clubs held by London-based food philosopher Madeleine Shaw.

FRAME 29 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EY 27 Beethoven St, Queen’s Park, W10 4LG

If you want to see results without setting up camp at your local gym, then Frame is the perfect workout choice for you. Their signature classes have been designed to offer a selection of effective and efficient workouts, using hour-long sessions to their maximum potential. Along with its 1 hour classes, 2 hour workshops are held on Saturday afternoons for those who have the time. Its locations are Shoreditch and Queens Park.

BARRECORE

If it’s good enough for Jourdan Dunn, it’s good enough for us. Barrecore (a fancy word for ‘ballet fitness’) is an alternative concept of exercise based around barre and dance that is taking London by storm. Not a dancer? It doesn’t matter – Barrecore offers a range of classes that aim to establish firm, elongated muscles, reduced body fat, a toned physique. and improved body-alignment. Located in Chelsea, Mayfair, Wimbledon, Chiswick, Kensington, and Alderley Edge.

1REBEL 63 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8LE

1Rebel is a no-contract, high intensity training concept, which claims to be revolutionising London’s fitness industry. Instead of run-of-the-mill spinning, the spinning that fills its undertakers with dread before they start a class, 1Rebel invites you to ‘ride’. Their 30 or 45 minute classes entail a remodeled version of spinning against a backdrop of curated music, including remixed tracks from Sigma, Duke Dumont and Sam Smith. It is offering a workout that will actually be enjoyable – revolutionary indeed.

Words by Daisy Bryant

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