London fitness in 2018: everything you need to know
After experimenting with every conceivable workout on offer (thanks ClassPass), you have come to the conclusion that schlepping across London for your favourite classes just isn’t sustainable. You’re far more likely to build a regular pattern at a gym near your office or on your route home. It’s not rocket science. But could your favourite studios finally be coming to a street corner near you? Most probably, at the rate the market is expanding. Whether you’re into endorphin charged rides or kickboxing, here’s everything you need to know…
FRAME – FITZROVIA & HAMMERSMITH
The multi-class studio with workouts spanning: fitness, dance, yoga, pilates and barre, as well as pre/post natal, is opening two more studios: Fitzrovia and Hammersmith – bringing it’s total to six stand-alone studios. We can’t wait to try ‘HITT n CHILL’. A new Frame offering, that combines a HIIT exercise class (done to deep electronic music which has a sound healing frequency to help align the chakras), with a blissful soundbath and meditation.
RUN JUNKIE – MARYLEBONE
An indoor running experience for purists that utilises the Skill Mill – a curved treadmill with no buttons to press, powered only by you. These guys have taken the simplicity and effectiveness of running outside and made it into a fun, invigorating and inspiring workout. Data driven running class, with real time form and speed tracking, you will receive your performance after class. Join them for a two week pop up at Lululemon Marylebone High Street, Jan 13th – 27th 2018. Get early access to the next round of ticket sales here.
FLYKICK – GREAT PORTLAND STREET
ANOTHER_SPACE – BANK
The home of dynamic yoga, endorphin charged cycle rides and fast and furious HIIT classes to a beat, opens a second studio just a two minute walk from Bank station.
AT YOUR BEAT – LEICESTER SQUARE
At Your Beat, the dance/fitness class, is set to shake up London from January 2018, with the launch of the very first At Your Beat pop-up studio. Expect a trailblazing program of brand-new classes, running every weekend from January 13th until April 2018, in their new home – the White Space, Leicester Square. We like the sound of ‘AYBbody Peaches&scream’, a workout that focuses explicitly on butt and abdominal toning through dance cardio. Think squats, glute bridges, leg lifts, planks and sit ups!
BOOM CYCLE – MONUMENT
London’s original party on a bike opens a new studio in Monument in Lombard Court. Melt away your stresses with a lunchtime workout and return to your desk feeling buzzed and revitalised.
THIRD SPACE – CITY & ANGEL
Third Space is launching a new gym in Islington Square. Facilities include a gym floor, training space, two swimming pools (a 20 metre adult pool and a children’s/family pool) and fitness studios. The club will also feature group exercise classes, a medical and nutritional suite, spa with steam room and sauna facilities, restaurant, family area and children’s training space. In an effort to attract more office workers into its clubs, Third Space will be opening another in Minster Court bringing it’s total club count to six.
An immersive new spinning experience is coming to London straight from the US. Each ride promises an unparalleled multi-sensory, intoxicating journey, fuelled by amazing music, energy-enhancing video graphics and rider-specific performance data in a state-of-the-art CycleTheatre™. Expect concierge-level service and an exhilarating experience that goes far beyond a great cardio fitness workout. Opening in March 2018.
It’s not just the boutique studios that are expanding… Gymbox has three more studios planned for 2018!
1REBEL – BAYSWATER & SOUTHWARK
Our dark, moody, controversial city gym can now be found brooding beneath Waitrose in Bayswater. They’re also opening another studio in Southwark, conveniently located behind the Mondrian Hotel, near Waterloo and Blackfriars (we implore you to try an Alexandra Soveral facial post Reshape class). Working with industry leaders Technogym, the team will be bringing us the latest SKILLRUN treadmills and with these next gen studios, they promise to take fitness boutique design, innovation and experience to the NEXT level.
BLOK – SHOREDITCH
Building on the success of it’s first fitness space in Clapton, BLOK, is opening a second space located in Shoreditch on Curtain Road. Ditch all your Friday night plans and make your way to BLOKparty, a dynamic Vinyasa or Cardio Barre. Collaborating on the design once more with the award winning teams of Daytrip and There’s Light, BLOK Shoreditch juxtaposes the sleek aesthetic of the Norman Foster exterior with a unique interior and light environment never before seen from a gym. You might want to hang around after your workout then…
LAGREE FITNESS – WEST
The hottest workout from Hollywood that combines core, endurance, cardio, balance, strength and flexibility training in every move is coming to shave the waistlines of West London.
DEFINE – GREAT PORTLAND STREET
The body-burning, stretching and strengthening system that helps you achieve a strong, lean, sculpted body is coming to Great Portland street. In the meantime try some of their online classes or find a pop up near you.
PSYCLE – CLAPHAM, NOTTING HILL & SOHO
With sites already in Mortimer Street, Canary Wharf and Shoreditch, we hear that Psycle has three more locations in the pipeline (Clapham, Notting Hill and Soho), taking it’s studio count to six. Soul Cycle will face some stiff competition when they eventually arrive later this year.
BARRY’S BOOTCAMP SW1
After taking Queensway by storm, Barry’s Bootcamp shows no signs of slowing down. This year, they are coming to SW1! Oh and in case you’re planning a weekend getaway to Italy or Sweden, they have also launched new locations in Milan and Stockholm. That’s one way to work off a parmigiana…
Core Collective, the sleek, spacious gym between High Street Ken and Holland Park is due to open two new sites in Spring (May 2018) in Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood. We can’t wait…
Looking for fitness from a dancer’s perspective? Pay a visit to Pop Fit, a boutique fitness studio offering classes that will get you strong, sweaty and feeling amazing, over in London Fields!
SWEAT IT – ALDWYCH
A custom line up of strength, speed and endurance sessions with a concierge approach to fitness launches in Aldwych this January. The trendy, urban studio space includes 20 rigs and 18 treadmills for urban grit meets luxe chic. This one promises to consistently switch up the class content and equipment to ensure that muscles are always shocked and heart rates are always spiked. Not one for the faint hearted then…
WIT TRAINING – ONE NEW CHANGE, ST PAUL’S
A premium training facility coming soon to Central London. Classes include; high-intensity metabolic conditioning. Gymnastics training from fundamentals to performance. Technical Olympic weightlifting taught by experienced coaches. Endurance classes to work your aerobic system, a Strength Club to bulletproof your body and improve your performance and a foundations class for those who are brand new to fitness.
FITNESS SPACE – ST JAMES, HACKNEY, KILBURN
The studio for you if you like a mix of classes and one-on-one training. In addition to studio access, you’ll be assigned your own Fitness Coach who you will connect with regularly face-to-face, and daily via a personalised app. Group classes include; Fit Camp Burn, Sculpt, Row n’ Lift and Hot Yoga Spirit.
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