High intensity interval training is an effective way to burn fat and boost your metabolism. Here are five classes in south east London (and a cheeky one in the Docklands) to get you back in shape fast this New Year…
Words: Victoria Purcell
1 Piloxing Knockout
Amy Lamont, a qualified personal trainer and Piloxing instructor, leads Piloxing Knockout classes in Dulwich Village on Thursday mornings (9.30am-10.15am). The 45-minute sessions use body weight exercises, Pilates and boxing moves to work all major muscle groups. Amy guides you through rounds of base exercises (each a different high-intensity core-strengthening exercise) and dynamic, drills. £8 per class.
2 Burn It Fitness’ HIIT class
The aptly named Burn It Fitness in Blackheath runs a 30-minute HIIT class that utilises bodyweight exercises and plyometric training at high intensity intervals. The class, which runs Tuesdays at 7.30pm, is aimed at those of intermediate to advanced fitness levels. You can even follow it up with the Hard Core class at 8pm, an intensive class that works that all-important core. Together the two classes give you a balanced, fat-burning workout. Classes are £12 each. Packages available.
174 Westcombe Hill, Blackheath SE3 7DH; burnitfitness.co.uk
3 High Vibe vibration training
Research shows that vibration training increases muscle strength up to 30% more than other forms of exercise. High Vibe in East Dulwich offers bespoke 30-minute personal training sessions on the Vibrogym vibration plate for fitness, weight-loss and rehabilitation. The short sessions are not only easier to fit into a busy schedule, they also put the joints, ligaments and tendons under less pressure, lowering the risk of injury. A session is £17 (10 sessions, £140).
6 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich SE22 8QZ; highvibe.co.uk
Parkour is a high-intensity workout with a difference. The explosive movements needed to leap from pillar to post in this freerunning discipline are great for building fitness. Parkour Generations runs classes at its indoor training zone, specially designed to mimic the outdoors, at Trinity Buoy Wharf. The Mov Fitness class (Tuesdays, 6.30-8pm) uses parkour drills in jumping, vaulting, balancing and climbing drills to improve strength, agility, endurance and power. £10 per class (10 classes, £85).
64 Orchard Place E14 0JY; parkourgenerations.com
5 Beaufit dance fitness
Less HIIT, but more fun, aerobic dance classes can burn around 450 calories an hour if you give it your all. Dancing can also help reduce stress and boost your mood. Beaufit has just launched Thursday evening (7-8pm) dance fitness classes at Mycenae House in Blackheath. Instructor Stephanie Clarke, who trained with the National Dance Company, will lead you through routines designed to increase mobility and cardiovascular endurance. £10 per class (10 classes, £90).
90 Mycenae Road, Blackheath SE3 7SE; beaufit.co.uk