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LONDON'S TOP 5 ALTERNATIVE WORKOUTS TO THE GYM

20.04.16

Whether it's in prep for an up-coming holiday or in pursuit of an altogether healthier lifestyle, there's a certain energy in the air circa spring that comes with the urge to get fit. This time around, however, we look to the alternative classes, studios and pop-ups available in London that will mean you won't have to step foot in a traditional gym to achieve your goals.

BODYWORKS AT SELFRIDGES

This season sees Selfridges take an innovative step in the world of fashion-meets-fitness with the introduction of its much talked-about Bodyworks studio. Since the 11th April, the lower ground floor of the London store has been home to a pop-up spin studio by established London brand, Psycle. Showers, lockers and cleated shoes are provided, making it the perfect after-work drop in. There are also 45 minute sessions throughout the day so there’s even a chance to slot in a workout on your lunch break if your office is close by. Expect a high energy full body workout with a playlist chosen by your instructor, and book your classes now to make the most of it before its 6-week stint is up.

Book Psycle at Selfridges

The pop-up runs until the 22nd May

DETOX KITCHEN STUDIO – THE VERTUE METHOD

‘Designed to uplift both your soul and your butt’ and to suit all levels of fitness and flexibility, this unique class – held at the Detox Kitchen in Fitzrovia – was created by London-based yoga teacher and personal trainer, Shona Vertue. Her 55 minute sequence is a fusion of yoga moves and weighted circuit training and it closes with a reflective meditation session that’s designed to allow the body to absorb the moves in the sequence. Bright pink kettlebells and Shona’s infectiously upbeat personality add to the feel-good factor of the class, but expect to feel your muscles working in ways you never knew they could to create that strong, lean body that we all hope to achieve. These classes book up fast so be sure to book ahead here

FRAME MUSIC VIDEO

If spin bikes and kettlebells aren’t your thing, there’s a far more fun alternative on the cards, and it can be found at Frame Studios. Now operating in four different locations across London, this brand’s empire is growing, and it’s not one to bypass. With a timetable of fitness, dance and yoga classes available, it’s the Music Video option that we have pinpointed as the most unique offering. Designed to challenge your coordination, improve your technique and most of all, make you smile, this is a cardio workout that you won’t want to end.

Book your Music Video class at one of the four Frame Studios locations

1REBEL

With an aim to create a destination far removed from what we have all be trained to consider a traditional gym, 1Rebel is unique in appearance and concept. The interior is dark, with live music blasting through the speakers, and the changing rooms are home to a host of grooming and beauty products. Workouts are intense, with only three classes to choose from: Ride (a full body workout on the bike), Reshape (based on the treadmill and involving a bench and weights) and Rumble (a cardio boxing and martial-arts inspired session) but each provides a total body workout. With the option to re-fuel in the Roots and Bulbs café after your class, you couldn’t be blamed for spending the full morning at 1Rebel.

Book your 1Rebel workout 

URBAN TRI WITH BOOM CYCLE

Easily the most challenging workout in our line-up, Urban Tri is not the one to choose if you’re a beginner. Held once a month and run by BOOM  Cycle, it’s made up of a 45 minute yoga class at Lululemon, a 10k run from Chelsea to the BOOM studio in Holborn and to finish, a ‘party on a bike’ – the signature 45 minute spin session. A slightly gentler (and perhaps more enjoyable) alternative to a triathlon, this session is designed to push you, but it’s all over before lunch time, so you’ll feel like you’ve earned that Saturday night cocktail.

Find out more and book into the next Urban Tri session