The London Fitness Lowdown: February EditBy Adam Hassanali
We love starting the new year with a fresh outlook, but what we don’t love is the bombardment of diet plans, macro counting and ‘healthy’ food swaps. We should cherish our food and enjoy our meals, for us at About Time it’s all about balance. If you’re finding your feet fitness-wise, or ready to try something new – we’ve discovered the best new classes and events in London and *hint* Reformer is taking over London this year! It may be a new year, but we’re not striving to be ‘new’ – we’re still the same person, and we’re totally ok with that. Let’s get ready to sweat:
The Lowdown: The minds behind Barrecore have come together to create a class that elevates the Reformer Pilates experience to be more efficient and effective than ever. 50-minute classes that are meticulously designed by expert trainers for power, strength, and core fitness. Featuring 10 state-of-the-art Reformer Pilates machines and equipment, Reformcore derives its techniques from the core fitness experts at Barrecore.
The playlist takes centre stage, guiding each person through a sensory and musical journey. Beginning with a meditative energy, the class then transitions to rhythmic bass mirroring the body’s movement, building to a trance-like state of focus, and finishing the session with a powerful mantra to recentre the soul and leave the class on a high.
Where: 107 King’s Road, London, SW3 4PA
The Lowdown: Bondi Rise is the new boutique Pilates studio inspired by the active lifestyle of Australia’s Bondi Beach. The studio, situated moments from Hampton Court, has launched a series of Jump Board classes onto its timetable. Taking place on one of the studio’s plush reformer machines, these exciting, cardio-focused sessions are centred around the jump board. Expect a high-intensity workout on the reformer to kickstart the new year.
Where: 48 Bridge Rd, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9HA
The Lowdown: Mkatz is the ultimate ‘Drop Set’ strength workout designed to get the heart racing in a gruelling 45-minute session. A completely different kind of fitness test, this is perfect for those looking to build quality lean muscle mass. Combining 3 sets of exercises with reduced timings in each set, you will be pushed through your paces to increase your weights and reps at each station and get results like never before.
Where: Find your local club here
The Lowdown: Taught by industry-leading expert instructors within state-of-the-art studios, Reformer Pilates at Third Space offers a holistic strengthening and functional workout, designed to build your core, elongate your body and improve your posture. With decades of experience at world-class institutions, Third Space instructors go beyond simply telling you what to do. With 50-minute foundation, traditional and dynamic classes throughout the week, these experienced practitioners will meet you at your starting point and carefully guide you through your reformer journey.
Where: Third Space Wimbledon 4 Queen’s Rd, London SW19 8YE. Reformer is also available at Third Space Mayfair club
The Lowdown: KXU’s U-CYCLE class offers the perfect marriage of indoor cycling and pumping tunes to ensure a release of endorphins and an adrenaline rush. A studio adorned with colourful lighting, a hypnotic screen and strobe lighting as well as its very own disco ball, this is the ideal place to spin and socialise. KXU’s coaches guide the riders through an exhilarating team challenge to aid functional movements and active recovery. Using Keiser M3i Bikes with metric tracking, this class ensures everyone continues to improve, with data-driven analysis also available through the Keiser M-Series App to sync with live performances.
Where:241 Pavilion Rd, London SW1X 0BP