From swimming lengths inside a former church to intense kickboxing sessions and CBD-inspired spinning, discover our pick of the coolest ways to work up a sweat and stay in shape this autumn
1 Take in dip in Repton Park, the converted church turned wellness centre
Initially opened back in 1892 as a psychiatric hospital, Repton Park is now a supreme wellness centre, offering its guests everything from exercise classes to one of London’s most unusual swimming spots. The former chapel now features a 24m pool now, with much of the original interior still solidly intact – users can front crawl with gothic arches and stained-glass windows.
As well as the mesmerising pool, the site also boasts a health club containing a steam room, jacuzzis, a sauna and a gym – with all the fitness classes and personal training a gym bunny could wish for alongside.
Where: Repton Park, Manor Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8GN.
How: Find out more via virginactive.co.uk
2 Downward dog with puppies in tow at Paws for Thought
You’ll never look at yoga in quite the same way again. Possibly the cutest way to improve your flexibility, Paws for Thought run yoga classes in South East London with adorable litters of puppies. Join their team of incredible yoga instructors for a gentle practise that allows both the pups to socialise and all two-legged guests to unwind and have a few cuddles too. Unsurprisingly, these classes sell out fast so book early to avoid disappointment.
Where: South East London
Cost: Classes start from £35pp, pre-booking is essential. Visit pawsforthoughtuk.com to make a booking.
3 Burn off excess energy at 9Round
Whether there’s an ex you’re still festering over or simply looking to work off some work-related stress, 9Round is the place to work up a sweat and punch out any excess energy. Featuring a revolutionary combination of no contact boxing and kickboxing and a full body workout, 9Round’s high impact workouts are perfect for breaking away from an ordinary gym routine.
Helping people train in an effective way tailored to their ability levels, the 30-minute sessions are a no class times concept, with rounds starting every three minutes. Members turn up at a time that works for them and get started straight away – ideal for those either looking to get moving before work, step away from the desk at lunch or relieve some stress at the end of the day.
With its fun, high intensity, circuit-based training consisting of nine rounds, each three minutes long, 9Round focuses on easy to master kickboxing moves helping to build strength and stamina.
Each round is trainer guided, making sure to support members one-on-one rather than from afar in the middle of a room. The trainers are on hand to guide members and help motivate them to ensure they get the most of their workouts and celebrate each individual win.
Workouts change daily, with the designated stations differing each time. Every session involves no contact and is full of high energy moments that leave members knowing they have worked hard and feeling stronger.
Plus, workouts are tracked using leading heart-rate wearable technology from Myzone which helps members see their in-session efforts, track calories burnt and reach their fitness goals.
How: With clubs in London, Belfast and Glasgow, prices for the challenge starts from £134 for the 30 Days with full kit included. Membership without the challenge starts from £79. Sign up for a free trial at https://www.9round.co.uk/find-a-club/.
Where: London locations include Acton, Wandsworth, Walthamstow, Seven Sisters, Bow, Cannon Street, London Dock, East Village, Bankside, Fulham, Earls Court and Shoreditch.
4 Join The Academy with Barry’s
Reach for the stars with Barry’s exciting new launch. The original strength and cardio interval training workout, the fitness brand has just announced The Academy, an exclusive loyalty program and the first-of-its-kind in the fitness industry.
Available now to Barry’s Fit Fam members in the UK, USA and Canada, The Academy is designed to recognise, reward, and engage the Barry’s community in new ways allowing clients to unlock benefits and rewards.
The Academy is notable in the following ways:
- Loyalty is earned by reaching “star” milestones, and includes a blended point system across four main categories: Fitness (Barry’s in-studio classes), Fashion (apparel), Fuel (Fuel Bar purchases), Friends (social media)
- Rewards span across different elements of Barry’s offerings, including early booking perks, late cancellations, extended class spot holds, complimentary retail and Fuel Bar items, monthly guest passes, and more.
To celebrate The Academy, Barry’s is launching a new challenge, Level Up, which starts w/c 11th October. Here’s how it works :
- You pick the right challenge for you! Fitness lovers can choose to complete 5, 10, 20, or 30 classes in 30 days and can track your progress within the Barry’s app. Prizes are as follows: 5 classes give bonus 50 stars (10 stars per class) 10 classes gives bonus 100 stars (10 stars per class) 20 classes gives bonus 300 stars (15 stars per class) and 30 classes gives bonus 600 stars (20 stars per class)
How: Find out more via loyalty.barrys.com
5 Relax and revive with OTO x Boom Cycle
Wellness with a workout, what could be better? Award-winning luxury CBD brand, OTO, has announced the Back to YOU Campaign in partnership with party-on-a-bike indoor cycling studio, Boom Cycle. Londoners can join a pumped up CBD Power Ride, as part of a series of classes being offered across various Boom Cycle studios.
Each Power Ride will offer everyone, from fitness fanatics to wellness warriors, the opportunity to incorporate award-winning products into their work out, with all riders gifted the power of CBD, with the following products to take home and enjoy:
- OTO Power Drops – containing 7.5% CBD as well as vitamins C, D & E, along with a complementary blend of botanicals including cacao husk and carob seed extracts with citrus juices, which have been hand-selected to give you focus and ‘power’ up your day
- OTO Ritual Hand Balms – an ultra-moisturising balm infused with pure CBD and beneficial botanicals to protect and enhance your skin The ride promises an energised and uplifting session, designed to offer a full body and mind workout.
When: Saturday 9th at Battersea, SW11 8AB | 10:30 – with an exclusive talk with OTO’s co-founder Tom Lorimer, who’ll be sharing the power of CBD | 14:30
Monday 18th at Waterloo, SE1 7PE | 18:45
How: For further information and to book a session, please visit boomcycle.co.uk
6 Shape up with Studio Figura
STUDIO FIGURA ® is a global body shaping concept that provides efficient and comprehensive fitness and wellness services. From its origins in Poland twelve years ago, the brand now boasts over 1000 partner studios helping women across the globe tone up and lose unwanted pounds – boasting an ‘effortless’ approach to burning fat and calories. Head to their London studio in Isleworth to try special devices such as The Roll-Shaper®, Vacu-Shaper®, Infra-Shaper® Swan and Tulip Thermo Climber which all have rave reviews.
Ideal for someone seeking some assistance for whole body contouring and shaping, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and diet, everything’s all under one roof – combining fitness with technology to help its customers blast stubborn target areas. What’s more, it’s managed by women and for women only, designed to help empower female customers.
As well as the high-tech machines, you can also book well-priced treatments such as lymphatic drainage, a specialised device designed to carry out a deep pressotherapy, which clearly stimulates the production of new lymphatic fluids and the expansion of lymphatic vessels, eliminates liquids and toxins
Where: Studio Figura Isleworth, 398 London Road, London TW7 5AG
How: Find out more via studiofiguraisleworth.co.uk
7 Blend DJ beats with Fitness First’s high intensity classes
Taking place on Tuesday 12 October, celebrate Fitness First’s partnership with iconic dance label Ministry of Sound with a special night like no other – featuring live DJs and workouts designed to push you to the maximum. The duo have recently combined forces to power Fitness First’s TraX classes up and down the country. Until the end of the year, a carefully curated and pumping Ministry of Sound playlist will superpower TraX classes across Fitness First’s clubs.
For one night only, Fitness First Tottenham Court Road will host three TraX classes with a difference. For one time only, Fitness First’s newest, and possibly most demanding, high intensity class will be powered by a live Ministry of Sound DJ, meaning you bring your all to the assault bike and rower while a world renowned Ministry of Sound DJ gives you the beats you need to demolish your personal best.
With TraX classes capable of holding a whopping 24 fitness fanatics, three sessions will take place on the night, and those lucky enough can grab tickets by clicking through on the below Eventbrite links.
When: Tuesday 12th October 2021
Where: Fitness First Tottenham Court Road, 179A Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 7PA
Times: 6:00pm – 6:30pm – Session 1 6:45pm – 7:15pm – Session 27:30pm – 8:00pm – Session 3
8 Limber up with Barrecore
Founded in 2011, Barrecore has grown into the UK’s leading barre studio and is perfect for a low-impact, high-intensity workout that can help tone and sculpt your body.
Designed for all levels of fitness, these classes can improve your flexibility, mobility and core strength, through a series of safe, hand-picked exercises under the guidance of our expert instructors.
The ‘intelligent exercise’ approach integrates the fat-burning format of interval training (exhausting each major muscle group) with static stretches to lengthen and lean out muscles. You’ll leave feeling revived – whilst also feeling the burn!
Where: King’s Road, Mayfair, Islington, Kensington, Richmond, Chiswick, Hampstead, Notting Hill, Wandsworth, Wimbledon Village
How: Find out more and book a class via barrecore.com
9 Box off some stress with Kobox
In 2015 KOBOX opened its first Kings Road site and changed the game when it came to making boxing mainstream. Taking authentic boxing training and turning into an enjoyable, energetic workout – once in the studio, your trainer dims the lights, the beat drops and your inhibitions fall way… think fight club meets nightclub!
A 50-minute high intensity boxing class is broken down into two parts; the first half you’re taken through the signature KOBOX 6-punch combinations system, which is projected on the walls so you’ll never miss a cross, jab or hook. For the other half you’ll be working up a sweat with a range of functional training exercises, programmed so the class focuses on a different body part each day of the week to ensure a full body workout.
Perfect for a seasoned pro or a boxing beginner, KOBOX is all about working hard, sweating lots and punching life in the face, together.
Where: Locations in Kings Road, London Wall, Baker Street and Waterloo
How: Find out more and make a booking via koboxboxingclub.com
10 Push your limits with FLEX Chelsea
Break boundaries and push your inner limits with FLEX Chelsea‘s exciting brand new class. They’ve converted their dungeon from a spin studio into a strength studio and are presenting you with ‘Flexi Beast.’ Designed to ‘find your inner beast’, take out stress on 3 separate training stations, each focusing on a different method of strength training- power, strength and endurance. Think barbells, ball slams, spin bikes, box jumps and more. Exhaustion has never sounded so exhilarating.
When: 55 minutes Monday-Sunday (40 minute lunch time express classes)
How: £22 per class, find out more via flexchelsea.com
11 Workout in the living room with Pilates PT
No gym, no problem. Hollie Grant is the Founder of Pilates PT and the creator of The Pilates PT Method. An Award-Winning Personal Trainer and experienced Pilates Instructor, Hollie is passionate about encouraging women to think of their bodies not by dress size, but by their function and ability to withstand illness.
After teaching thousands of classes, Hollie runs a successful personal training studio in Fulham and trains hundreds of women through her Pilates PT Membership of Live & On Demand classes. Classes include The Pilates PT Method (Pilates & HIIT), Dynamic Mat Pilates, pre & post natal Pilates, & The Bump Plan (trimester specific prenatal Pilates) – offering everyone the chance to stretch and unwind.