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Raise your hand if you remember the ’80s. Even if you were born after 1990, the big hair and high-cut neon leotards of the Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda era of workout tapes remain iconic. This was your mother’s workout; all leg lifts and grapevines and smiles on faces. And now, you can experience some fun in footless tights for yourself thanks to the latest trend to sweep the world of fitness.
Frame Studios in London is leading the ‘let’s get physical’ revolution, and it’s not just a sense of nostalgia prompting this ’80s workout revival — it’s the simple fact that when it comes to aerobics, you can get involved at any fitness level (now, raise your hand if you’ve ever said the same about a CrossFit class).
Frame Studios is one of London’s most popular gyms with locations in Hammersmith, Shoreditch, Victoria, Kings Cross, Queens Park, Fitzrovia, and Farringdon. Their recent introduction of a full hour-long ’80s aerobics class has been met with praise. It’s hard to fault the sheer joy inherent to spending an hour sweating to a classic soundtrack of Madonna and Michael Jackson with some seriously retro moves, but don’t let all the fun mislead you — this is a real cardiovascular workout. If you want to sculpt your arms, abs, and butt like you’re in the middle of an Olivia Newton John video, you know what class to book.
Going to a fitness class is often a daunting prospect even for the fittest among us; HIIT bootcamps and intense cycling classes can be intimidating environments. Frame’s ’80s Aerobics class is a welcoming change that will add a little extra colour and carefree to your workout routine. Because really, how seriously can you take yourself in a neon leotard?
Ready to sweat like it’s 1984? Check out Frame’s upcoming ’80s aerobics classes listed here and remember: scrunchies are optional but highly encouraged.
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