Ten workouts to get 2021 off to a running start

Cara Cummings (25 January, 2021)

The long road back to fitness after a year on the sofa

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1 MCP
Manor, SW1 Victoria

“BEAST YOUR BODY. EXORCISE YOUR MIND” is the tagline of this class from Manor, designed to get participants comfortable with being uncomfortable. They’re not kidding: individual failings mean group penalties during MCP’s four classes – Yard Work, Gas Tank, Strongman and Strength – and unexpected endurance tests are introduced with the ring of a bell. You have been warned.

mymanor.london/mcp; prices vary.
84 Gillingham St, SW1V 1PX.

2 UN1T
London Bridge

Take teamwork to the next level at UN1T, where classes rely on group dynamics and every member’s performance counts. 12-week programmes rotate between 4-week blocks focused on strength, conditioning and mobility, with the cycle constantly repeated to maximise performance. Perfect for those who need regular gym buddies for motivation.

un1t.com/london-bridge; prices vary.
140-148 Borough High St, SE1 1LB.

3 FLYING FANTASTIC Peckham

Experience the thrill of upside down workouts at London’s premiere aerial fitness studio, where you can try your luck at everything from aerial yoga to trapeze classes, and even HIIT-inspired conditioning sessions in Flying Fantastic’s state-of-the-art studio. Training facilities are also available for professional aerial artists.

flyingfantastic.co.uk; prices vary.
1 Bellenden Road (in Lidl car park),
SE15 5BA.

4 AMRAP
Gymbox, Elephant
and Castle

This pre-work endurance workout doesn’t mess around. For 45 minutes every Tuesday morning, you’ll be challenged to complete as many reps as possible – with a speed rap soundtrack to keep you in the zone. If you like your mornings sweaty, Amrap is ideal.

gymbox.com/gyms/elephant-and-castle; membership options vary.
Unit 7, 38 New Kent Road, SE1 6TJ. 6.45am.

5 RIDE 45
Psycle, Clapham

The signature class from London’s leading spin workout franchise blends high-intensity cardio, muscular strength training and choreographer group moves — all to a killer playlist designed to lift you with the energy of the room. Ideal for a truly mind-body experience that’s as close to raving as training can get.

psyclelondon.com/pages/clapham; prices vary. 82-84 Battersea Rise, SW11 1EH.

6 RESHAPE
1Rebel, Southbank

If you’re looking for the ultimate full-body workout, 1Rebel’s now-iconic Reshape class is for you. Combining quickfire rounds of intense treadmill sessions with dynamic weights sequences, each 45-minute session can burn up to 700 calories. Gruelling, but worth it.

1rebel.com/uk; package prices vary.
7 Upper Ground, SE1 9LP.

7 BOUNCE AND BURN
Frame, Victoria

Fancy a truly sweat-inducing workout, with none of the joint strain of standard exercise? Try this endorphin-focused class at Frame, where you’ll use a mini-trampoline for 25 minutes of hard cardio followed by 15 minutes of body conditioning. Bounce and Burn promises a natural high that will last for throughout the day.

Moveyourframe.com; £16.
4 Bridge Place, SW1V 1JZ.

8 SUNSET
Mindset, Waterloo

Feel ready to try a hybrid class of weighted, bodyweight, HIIT and yoga-inspired exercises – with the added challenge of attempting them all in a 30 degree room? This class at Mindset’s ‘total wellness’ centre is for you. Water is mandatory and you must be able to train in hot temperatures.

mindsetfit.co.uk; from £10.
1 Lower Marsh, SE1 7NT.

9 F45
Sites across
south London

Arriving in the UK from Australia in 2017, F45 has taken over London with its sports science informed workouts designed to unify the body’s muscle groups. Each 45-minute session combines high-intensity interval training (HIIT), circuit training, and functional training – i.e. mimicking everyday movement – in a balanced blast that will shape you up in no time. Choose from cardio, resistance, hybrid or recovery-focused sessions in a range of formats.

F45training.co.uk; prices vary across studios

10 THE FOUNDRY
Vauxhall

With its extensive equipment range, ex-military and ex-professional athlete coaches and unique trainer-led group programmes that target specific fitness goals, The Foundry has been called one of the best gyms in the world by leading fitness commentators. With classes, small-scale personal training and an 8-week Team Transformation on offer, this gym is for you if dedicated, bespoke and down to earth brilliance is what you’re after.

foundryfit.com/vauxhall; prices vary.
5 Beaufoy Walk, off Black Prince Rd,
SE11 6AA.

 

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