Fitspiration: 7 Workouts Making Fitness Fun in London

1 London’s First Barre Class on Ice, Canary Wharf
Head for Ice Rink Canary Wharf on 3 February when new fitness brand DEFINE.London (due to launch a new studio in Fitzrovia in February) will be teaming up with Plateau restaurant for a unique workout experience. DEFINE.London founder Ashley Verma will lead an hour-long session on the ice that starts with a 30-minute barre-based full body workout, incorporating an intense mix of isometric moves, thigh and glute sequences, arm and abdominal moves, followed by a more relaxing 30-minute stretching session. Afterwards, you’ll be rewarded with Plateau’s new Botanical Brunch, which offers up brunch classics like crushed avo on sourdough toast and new vegan dishes like beetroot tagliatelle. You can also enjoy a Seedlip mocktail or sip on a cheeky G&T. The collaboration is part of D&D London’s #MindfulCity18 campaign, a series of wellness-focused events running throughout January and February. Starts at 10.15am, priced £38 including the class, brunch and a Sweaty Betty goodie bag.
Book via eventbrite.co.uk

2 House of Voga at Coq d’Argent, the City
House of Voga returns to rooftop restaurant Coq d’Argent on 4 February with a class that blends fashion and fitness. Inspired by Madonna’s 80s hit Vogue, Voga is about striking strong, confident and aligned poses to increase flexibility and energy flow and boost confidence and serotonin levels. While yoga increases calm and balance, Voga answers the cardiovascular demand that ensures a healthy heart, plus it’s a fabulously fun way to get fit, toned and flexible. Afterwards, you’ll be off to dine at Coq d’Argent on a special vegan menu focused around root vegetables, created by head chef Damien Rigollet in partnership with Nuffield Health nutritionist Jessica O’Dwyer. Dishes include golden and red beetroot carpaccio with black truffle and spirulina and dark chocolate brownies with turmeric and coconut sorbet. This cool collaboration is also part of D&D London’s #MindfulCity18 campaign. Starts at 11am priced £35 including the class, two-course brunch and a mocktail.

3 Vinyasa to Vino with Grip the Mat
Grip the Mat – a non-profit pop-up yoga events company has been hosting events in cool spaces in LA, Boston and DC – has now popped up in London. Their hashtag? #CheersAndNamaste. We like them already. Grip the Mat’s first event here in the capital is a Vinyasa to Vino yoga class followed a wine tasting session on 7 February. Taking place at Autumn Yard, an award winning neighbourhood restaurant in Hackney, the event runs for two hours, with an hour of mixed-level yoga, rewarded by an hour’s wine tasting. Tickets are £15 prior to 31 January and £20 thereafter. 7-9pm. 
Autumn Yard, 17 Amhurst Terrace, Hackney E8 2BT; gripthemat.com

4 Fit-Ski at Chel-Ski
First, David Lloyd gyms launched a Slopercise fitness class, and now Chel-Ski have gone one better, with a workout on an actual ski slope – in the heart of London! Fit-Ski is a brand new fitness class open to all – skiers and non-skiers – as a new way to keep fit throughout the year. Fit-Ski is split into two parts. Part one takes place on the indoor ski slope, focusing on intense skiing exercises to help build strength for key snowsports skills. Part two takes place off the slope, focusing on exercises like squats, lunges, light bodyweight exercises and resistance training to work the legs, core and upper body. Get your first two trial sessions for £20 (boots and skis included). No previous ski experience needed.
19 Michael Road, Chelsea SW6 2ER; chel-ski.ukTo book call 020 3829 6961

5 BXR London’s Selfridges Pop-Up
BXR London, the world’s first boutique boxing club, is launching an exclusive pop-up boxing gym at Selfridges on 1 February. Part of Lamyland X Selfridges – in collaboration with renowned artist, creative director and producer Michele Lamy – BXR will be setting up a fully-functioning boxing gym in the Ultralounge area on the lower ground floor of the store for the entire month. Select from one of the bespoke in-store BXR experiences, including a 45-minute group boxing class or a personal boxing session with an elite coach. Classes are designed to teach and hone individuals boxing skills through a variety of high intensity rounds of boxing, bodyweight exercises and ab drills, plus strength, mobility and conditioning exercises. Inspired by her love of boxing and her training experience at BXR, Michele was keen to offer boxing as part of her exciting Lamyland project, and will be hosting workshops and social moments.
See bxrlondon.com/selfridges to book a slot

6 FloatFit HIIT by Aquaphysical at The Haymarket Hotel
FloatFit is an innovative 30-minute workout on a floating yoga mat in a pool. This is no aqua-aerobics. Working to keep your balance on the mat ramps up the effectiveness of each move, and it’s a full-on mix of high intensity and yoga-inspired moves (think burpees, lunges, squats, mountain climbers, planks) that give a fun, low-impact, full-body workout. The Haymarket Hotel is running regular FloatFit HIIT sessions with a Recovery Brunch at Brumus Restaurant, featuring dishes such as crushed avocado on rye with grilled chorizo, freshly baked waffles with banana and strawberries, and sweetcorn chilli fritters with avocado, tomato, lime salsa and poached eggs. Running until 17 March at 9am and 10am priced £35 including the training session, mineral water and brunch (floats and towels provided). FloatFit HIIT classes can also be found at the London Aquatics Centre and Kentish Town Sports Centre.
To book see eventbrite.co.uk

7 The Hard Yard at Pop Brixton
Pop Brixon has teamed up with The Hard Yard to offer full body, prison-style workouts designed and led by ex-offenders. They’ll get you pumped, sweating and sculpted with no equipment, just bodyweight resistance and hard graft, afterall, their trainers started out in prison cells, with little space or equipment). Grab a mate, sweat it out and refuel afterwards at Pop’s many food outlets (swing by Homegrown Cafe & Juice Bar for your healthy, post-workout juice fix). The Hard yard was founded in 2016 to create jobs and opportunities for ex-offenders. You’ll also find them in Southwark and Angel. Running every Tuesday from 6.30pm-7.30pm priced £15.
To book see thehardyard.co.uk

Alternatively, instagram yourself at hungryhouse’s ‘faux gym’

Hungryhouse is launching the January Sanctuary to provide refuge for those who have given up. Since 50% of Brits are likely to break their New Year’s Resolutions, online food ordering platform, hungryhouse.co.uk is helping you cover your tracks by setting up a faux gym at The White Space near Leicester Square for the last two days of January.

The ingenious space is half living room, half faux fitness zone, where you can work up a sweat with a curry rather than a cross trainer while posting treadmill selfies to convince friends and family that you’re sticking to those fitness goals. The retreat is bookable via a two-hour, pay-per-chew service. Choose from a vegan pizza, veggie curry, chicken korma, five-meat pizza or chicken chow mien.

Given up on your New Year fitness resolution? Hungryhouse has got your back

Given up on your New Year fitness resolution? Hungryhouse has got your back

January is the glummest time for people to uproot their routines and eating habits

‘Far from being the best month to try and set new goals, January is the glummest time for people to uproot their routines and eating habits,’ said Alice Mrongovius, CEO of hungryhouse. ‘It doesn’t help when everyone else seems to be at the gym or embracing a strange new green juice diet.

‘The January Sanctuary is a space for Brits to take time out to be their real selves without judgement – while a cheeky picture taken on-site will convince your friends that “new year new you” is still in full swing.’

Open 2pm-10pm till on Monday 29 January and 12pm-7pm on Tuesday 30 January. Groups of up to four people are able to book with a cost of £20 per two-hour slot.

5 Great Newport Street WC2H 7JB. To book email hhshop@deliveryhero.com


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