From yoga raves to strongman classes, we're always on the lookout for a new fitness trend to get stuck into. And with new studios popping up all over London, new technologies taking over and new classes being added to the mix, it seems that Summer 2019 is going to be something special.
Without further ado, here's our hot picks for the new fitness trends you have to try this summer...
Soul Cycle, Soho
With 88 studios across the US and Canada, and a dedicated collection of celebrity fans including Michelle Obama and David Beckham, the arrival of Soul Cycle in London has been long overdue. The brand opened its first UK studio last month, bringing with it an 'away from the everyday' vibe that makes it different to other spin classes: phones are banned - sorry ‘'gram it or it didn’t happen' crew – carefully curated playlists accompany instructors akin to motivational speakers and the studio is lit by candlelight. No, it’s not the cheapest, but it’s worth the experience
How much? First ride £16, single class £24, packs from £110.
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Find it: 3-4 Great Marlborough St, Soho, London W1F 7HH
Rathbone Boxing Club, Fitzrovia
Located in Fitzrovia, Rathbone Boxing Club is the new kid on the boxing block, blending the grit of old-school training gyms with the boutique studio experience that we’ve come to expect of our workouts.
Don’t be fooled by those fluffy towels though, as Rathbone’s approach focuses as much on the skills as it does the style. Led by seasoned boxers, and offering classes including classic boxing, sparring, strength and conditioning and boxing fitness, there’s something for all levels of ability and experience.
How much? Intro offer of £30 for two credits, single credit £20, credit packs from £100. Use code BALANCE15 to receive 15% off the purchase of any fully priced credit bundle (1 use per person).
Find them: Rathbone Boxing Club The Gaslight Building 29-35 Rathbone Street London W1T 1NJ
Gymbox – Sexhale
Long-established on the fitness scene, you can always rely on Gymbox to bring something fresh and funnily named to the market. First it was their chill-inducing CBD-based Canabliss class, now it’s Sexhale, which promises to help you “help you reconnect with the innately powerful self” and “embrace every part of your beautiful body.”
Don’t be too put off by that intense description; it simply a sweat-inducing yoga flow, lots of movement and some tantric breathing. Add in the low lighting, chilled music and essential oils, and it’s actually a very satisfying way to end the day.
How much? Members only. Price varies by studio.
Find it: At Old Street, Victoria and Westfield Stratford.
If you’ve ever listened to Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, or follow any kind of fitness influencer on Instagram, then you’ll probably already have heard of Fiit. Revolutionising the way we work out at home, the app allows you to choose unlimited classes from three streams — Cardio, Strength and Rebalance — which are led by some of the UK’s most talked about trainers. Among them, Balance Festival favourites Steph Elswood, Jamie Ray, Richie Bostock and Adrienne Herbert.
New for this summer is their live leaderboard: strap on your chest strap, stream live classes from your favourite trainers and work out alongside – and compete with – other users across the country.
How much? Monthly plan - £20. Quarterly - £45. Yearly - £120. All prices include Fiit chest strap with accelerometer.
Find it: On the App Store. Unfortunately, it’s only available for iOS at the moment, but they have plans to expand to Android by the end of 2019.
If there was ever a studio with an unusual backstory, it’s Conbody. Incarcerated in a 9x6 prison cell, Coss Marte developed an exercise program without the need for any equipment – and lost 70lbs in the process.
Bringing these techniques to the wider world after his release, he opened a successful New York fitness studio, with every class combining cardio, HIIT, strength training, and metabolic conditioning, using only bodyweight moves. Now, it’s come to London.
Today, he’s as dedicated to prison reform as to fitness, and all instructors are carefully vetted former prisoners. Don’t expect fancy gadgets or an Insta-studio aesthetics at Conbody – these classes are all about straight-talking and putting the time in.
How much? First class £15, single class £20, packs from £95
Find it: The Stratford Hotel, 20 International Way, London, E20 1FD