London Workout Guide
A few weeks ago I flew to London for a mini vacation. Some people joked that I went on a week long bootcamp as I couldn’t help but book myself into every single workout class available. The selection there is out of this world and the gyms are literally jaw dropping amazing. Every gym and workout studio that I went to was equipped with all the shower essentials that you would need, as well as sweat towels and shower towels, so you don’t have to carry a big gym bag around with you for the whole day. They all have combination locker systems so you don’t even have to take a lock with you, as well as a roll of branded packets to put your sweaty clothes in when you were done. 10/10 to all of them in my opinion.
Below are my MUST TRY gyms / workout studios:
1. Core Collective:
Core Collective is a boutique gym which does spinning, interval and TRX training classes. I tried the interval training class twice while I was there and I loved every minute of it. The instructor was very helpful and the music was great.
The changing rooms are super clean, and the multiple rainfall type showers are all equipped with Bamford shower products. The hair dryers and hair straighteners are all GHD, as well as the hair protector spray, hair spray, and hair serum.
Upstairs is a little cafe providing you will all of the healthy essentials to snack on after a fun workout class.
More info: www.core-collective.co.uk
Located in Kensington, right near a Wholefoods, Equinox is said to have the best group classes with top notch instructors, and they did not let their name down. The energy as you walk into this gym space is contagious, with bright natural light coming in from the elliptical dome ceiling.
Unlike a lot of other gyms, where you are rushing to leave as soon as your workout is over, here you want to hang around before and after your session. The changing rooms are stocked with heavenly Kiehl products and the eucalyptus steam room is incredible for your skin. Once your workout and shower time is over, there is a lounge offering wifi, healthy meals and juices.
It’s without a doubt the best gym I have ever been to, from the cutting edge equipment that was on offer, to the huge variety of classes. I tried the Whipped class which was so fun! I remembering sending my friend a message as soon as I finished the class, saying: “I want to live in this gym!”. If you are a gym junkie like me, then you could easily end up spending a lot of time there, as this is a gym that has created a space that encourages you to hang out.
More info: www.equinox.com/clubs/london/kensington
3. Barry’s Bootcamp – East London
Now this is a fun workout class! The music and energy is right up there. Barry’s famous hour-long workouts involve 25-30 minutes of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines mixed in with 25-30 minutes of strength training. The classes are known to burn up to 1000 calories. It doesn’t matter if you are a fitness freak, or a complete beginner, the classes cater to everyone. The instructors are super helpful and friendly, and are there to guide you through each workout.
There is a limited space of 40 people in each class. So 20 people start on the treadmills and 20 people start on the floor. When you arrive you are given a number, and are told to start on the treadmill or the floor and then you swap at regular intervals with the person with the corresponding number.
You’ll leave the class sweating and smiling! I loved every single minute of it 🙂
Barry’s East London
More info: www.barrysbootcamp.com