Pig to Rig: 5 Ways to Get Fit in London this WeekBy Rachel Harrison
Have you ever found yourself in a gym rut? Some people don’t even realise they’re in one.
It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but, usually, a ‘gym-rut-workout’ starts with the treadmill or cross trainer, a few squats, followed by rolling around on one of those fun-looking-large-blow-up-exercise-balls, a Spotify playlist that hasn’t been changed in months, partly because of laziness but also limited data allowance and to top it off, head-over-heel crushes on every PT in the gym because you can’t decide on just one.
If you want the best results for your body, whatever your goals, you need to keep it guessing and the best way to do that is to break out of your comfort zone and try something new. Here are five of the most diverse and exciting fitness classes currently available in London for you to try this week:
What: 45-minute TRX class
Where: Core Collective, 45 Phillimore Walk, Holland Park, London W8 7RZ
Why: TRX is also known as ‘suspension training,’ which, I agree does sound like hell, however, using a TRX is the easiest and quickest way to tone your whole body and increase your heart rate at the same time. It’s the perfect class for people with a short attention span and who want to feel results soon afterwards. Try the resistance class with Paddy at 7.15pm on a Monday. There are only 8 spaces in a TRX class so book ahead to avoid disappointment, and don’t leave without looking in the women’s changing rooms… they are unbelievable.
What: 60-minute functional kettlebell work out
Where: Lomax, 293 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9PZ
Why: Lifting weights is important if you want to maintain weight loss and toning up. The Kettlebell class at Lomax is challenging but also very entertaining because it incorporates your entire body and is so fast paced the 60 minute class feels like a 15 minute body blitz. You’ll leave feeling sweaty, stronger, and a handy kettlebell party trick up your sleeve. Fancy a body like Millie Mackintosh? Book a kettlebell class with Neema Morjara – she knows.
What: 45-minute high intensity spinning class
Where: Ride Republic, 709 Fulham Rd, London SW6 5UL
Why: Spinning is one of the most exhilarating exercise classes you can do. Some people are terrified of spinning classes because of the loud, intimidating music, fast pace and pained looks. I see it as most classes; sweaty. Once you get passed the 20 minute mark, you’re out of the woods. In Ride Republic’s studio they have a ‘burn board’ up on the screen with the top 10 people in the class. Don’t. Worry. It’s a good tactic, and you’ll be surprised how far a little friendly competition can push you. If you have a hungry competitive streak every Friday at 6.30pm there is a ‘Battle Ride’ where the studio is split into two teams, whichever team cycles the hardest and fastest gets to bring a friend for free next time! Winning.
What: “The Best Workout in the World” – hour-long work out, including 25-30 minutes cardio, 25-30 minutes strength training
Where: Barry’s Bootcamp, A501, London NW1 2AE, Shoreditch
Why: I mean, sure, the branding couldn’t look more intimidating, but Barry’s is a pretty big deal. Having just opened up a second studio in London, Barry’s signature sessions are an hour long, which sounds tough, but you never work on the same area of your body twice. For example, the first half of the class is spent interval training with a mix of cardio, and the other half is a combination of weight training. The purpose of this set up is to keep your body guessing or rather ‘shock’ your body, so much so, that you can burn up to 1,000 calories per class.
What: Paola’s BodyBarre Signature 60-minute barre class
Where: Paola’s BodyBarre, 70 Rosaline Road, London, SW6 7QT
Why: Don’t be fooled! This class is hardcore but so rewarding. The signature class combines dynamic pilates with ballet barre techniques, with intense focus upon improving cardiovascular fitness and burning calories.