From Voga to Fit-Ski and the School of Strutology, these fun workouts should set you on the right track to achieve those new year fitness goals
Lead image: House of Voga
1 Voga, various venues
The House of Voga offers a fabulously fun way to move. Kids of the 80s, we’re looking at you… Inspired by Madonna’s timeless 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. You can Voga at various venues in London, from The Boiler House on Brick Lane to The Jago in Dalston and New Motion Fitness in Vauxhall. Prices vary according to venue.
2 Spinboxx & Dine at London Secret Garden, South Kensington
Spinboxx & Dine is a brand-new class taking place in the incredible surroundings of the London Secret Garden. Led by Spinboxx, the class will take place in the serene outdoors under a tented canopy next to none other than Poet T.S. Eliot’s church (with heaters to keep warm!). The 45-minute workout will cover all aspects of fitness from mobility, flexibility, cardio and strength using Spinboxx’s unique fusion boxing, spin and circuits for a high-performance workout in quick time. Following the session, breakfast will be served in the dining domes. Options include full veg on a plate, crushed avo and poached egg among others, washed down with a healthy smoothie. Book every Friday from 10-31 January. Classes at 8am. £65pp.
100 Cromwell Road, South Kensington SW7 4ER; londonsecretgarden.co.uk
3 Killing Kittens Box vs Bass at New Motion Fitness, Vauxhall
This one-off class on 28 January will certainly offer you a new perspective on fitness. The first Killing Kittens social of the year, this is so much more than a workout. Box vs Bass combines the intensity and technique of a boxing class with the energy and music of a rave – what’s not to love? A live DJ plays the best drum ‘n’ bass, hip hop and grime tunes to keep you hitting those pads hard, and when the beat drops, the lights strobe and you keep on punching. The class is open to all levels, the coaches are super friendly and, in true KK style, afterwards you’ll head to the Vauxhall street food and beer garden for some well deserved food and drink from the resident outdoor stalls. 7.30pm. Tickets £20 tickets in advance (click here to book).
6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall SW8 1SP; killingkittens.com
4 Fit-Ski at Chel-Ski, Chelsea
If you’ve hit the slopes before you’ll know that skiing is quite the workout, but Fit-Ski at Chel-Ski is a whole different ball game. Skiing typically uses different major muscle groups to any other cardiovascular activity. Open to skiers and non-skiers, the class is split into two parts: Part one takes off the slope, focusing on exercises like squats, lunges, light bodyweight exercises and resistance training to work the legs, core and upper body, while part two takes place on the indoor ski slope, focusing on intense skiing exercises that are ideal if you’re planning a trip to the mountains. Get your first two trial sessions for £25 (boots and skis included).
19 Michael Road, Chelsea SW6 2ER; chel-ski.uk
5 DAN’S Dance Fitness, Cavendish Place
Dancing is always a fun way to get fit, and London has plenty of dance classes for you to choose from. DAN’s, a Latin American-inspired dance fitness studio in Cavendish Place, is one of the newest. Founder Daniel Bermeo wants to ‘make dancing more accessible, modern and fun’, which sounds good to us. The classes combine Latin dance moves with resistance band and dumbbell training for a cardio workout for an energetic, uplifting workout that can burn up to 830 calories. Choose from Reggaeton, Afrobeat, Brazilian and more. Group classes are £23 each. Open seven days a week.
5 Cavendish Place W1G 0QA; dans.co.uk
6 CLIF BAR’s Free Workout Party with Laura Whitmore, Shoreditch
CLIF, the makers of plant-based CLIF BAR energy bars, has teamed up with DJ and Fitness Enthusiast Laura Whitmore to host a free workout party on 16 January. Book in with your mates for 30-minute spin session to a live music set from Laura, and then tuck into some refreshing mocktails inspired by CLIF BAR flavours in the bar area next door. Sessions start from 5.30p,m. Book your free session via eventbrite.com
133-135 Bethnal Green Road E2 7DG; eventbrite.com
7 School of Strutology at Pineapple Dance Studios, Covent Garden
Strutology at Pineapple Dance Studios is a monthly event, but January’s social event on 31 January is all about saying NO to diet culture and embracing your body just as it is. Not only is Pineapple where the stars of stage and screen train, this fun workout comes complete with the chance to go for drinks and a boogie at a local bar afterwards. Strutology is a super sassy dance class which harnesses the power of the strut. Brilliant Headmistress Zoe McNulty will teach you to walk tall and feel ‘strutterly fabulous’ regardless of shape or size. First, you learn an easy-to-pick-up dance routine while wearing trainers, then you pop your high heels on and practice your strut. Finally, you run through the routine in heels. Move over Beyoncé… 8pm-9pm. Tickets £20. Note, this event is monthly.
7 Langley Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9JA; schoolofstrut.com