UPDATED FEB 3, 2020
With an overwhelming amount of gyms and fitness studios in London, our city is truly spoilt for choice. So, to give you a helping hand, we've gathered the all best spots across the capital to get your sweat on.
Founded by celebrity trainer Jess Schuring, the ethos at Heartcore is all about living a balanced life of positivity and well-being, which echoes throughout their 10 London-area studios. Their power yoga sessions cater to all levels and involve a combination of mobility, strength, and breath work — perfect for improving balance, flexibility, and stamina. Add in the airy interiors and a spa-like atmosphere, and you've got a studio space that's guaranteed to instill ALL the zen.
Occupying a converted Victorian tram depot in Clapton and a trendy art gallery-inspired space in Shoreditch, BLOK has an expansive selection of carefully-curated classes that will challenge both your body and mind. Try out everything from traditional HIIT and yoga to more unique mash-ups like primal movement and Methodology X — a workout for women created by Dan Roberts (aka the trainer to a plethora of international Victoria’s Secret models).
As the name suggests, this strength and conditioning gym in London Bridge is all about team workouts. Their signature class is a 45-minute, high-intensity circuit that relies on you completing your required round of weight and cardio reps per exercise before you can tag in your partner (and catch your breath). Just so you know, it’s around 50 reps per exercise shared between the two of you — and with four exercises per circuit as part of four circuits, well... you do the math. You'll have to dig deep to get through the session at this sweat spot, but you can a pat on the back and a few sweaty high-fives afterwards.
Third Space has every element of your training covered: recovery, injury prevention, and form. Before you dive into your workout at any one of their six spaces, members are taken through a detailed movement screening to highlight any imbalances, back problems, weak knees, and posture alignments. This ensures your fitness plan is totally bespoke and you’re clued-up on how to train independently. Combine that with unrivalled equipment and luxury facilities and you can see why this is one of London’s most reputable fitness studios.
This spot is considered the heavyweight of boxing gyms — that should be obvious, seeing as BXR is the Anthony Joshua-endorsed space in Marylebone. BXR will have you moving and training like a champion, and you'll be in good hands, because if head boxing coach Gary Logan can’t teach you how to deliver a punch of professional standards, no one can. While perfecting your jab and uppercut is the focus, the gym also comes fully-equipped with all the strength and conditioning equipment you’ll ever need. And when you want to switch things up, head over to Anthony Joshua's "passion project", Sweat by BXR (in Canary Wharf and also in Marylebone), which offers a series of high-energy classes including on that integrates the muscle-torching VersaClimber.
KXU (aka the little sister of luxury private member’s club KX) is a no-membership, pay-as-you-go boutique fitness hub in Chelsea. They offer everything from cycling to sparring and deadlifts to detoxes. Plus, they’ve created an integrated approach to group fitness that’s centred around strength, stretching, and cardio disciplines (each workout offers resistance and interval training). So, no matter if you've booked a gravity yoga session or one of Paola’s Body Barre classes, you can expect to be pushed to your edge. Fitt Tip: check out their Nutrition Bar for a post-workout refuel.
An international powerhouse, Barry’s Bootcamp offers a signature, hour-long workout that involves 25–30 minutes of intense cardio treadmill routines mixed in with 25–30 minutes of strength training intervals. No need to feel intimidated, though, these classes cater equally to fitness fanatics and complete beginners. You choose your speed and weight, but don't be surprised when the infectious energy in the room motivates you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone. Sweat-drenching and highly-addictive, Barry’s studios can be found in Euston, Hackney, Queensway, Belgravia, and Canary Wharf.
Whether you’re pounding the treadmill or pedalling your heart out, if you're sweating at 1Rebel, prepare for amazing playlists, live MCs, and an experience that's nothing short of epic. Their luxury boutique gyms are based in St Mary Axe, Broadgate Circle, South Bank, Angel, and Bayswater. And if you want to see what the world’s first cycling amphitheatre looks like, visit 1Rebel Victoria — it’s spread over three floors! All five spots feature modern, spacious changing rooms that are stocked with the best high-end beauty products. You can also refuel at their Roots & Bulbs smoothie bar for a post-workout pick-me-up. Fitt Tip: go on Fridays; there’s Prosecco for anyone at the last class of the day.
If you’re looking for a fitness studio that pairs expertly-designed spaces with hardcore workouts, then make your way to Core Collective. Their locations in High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge, and St John's Wood are spacious, modern, feature classes that are super-challenging but equally as fun. Plus, this pay-as-you-go class-based gym focuses on three main class themes: Velocity (HIIT), Resistance (TRX), and Accelerate (cycling), so you get to choose exactly how you’d like to fatigue your muscles.
If you have a serious love affair with indoor cycling, Psycle needs to be part of your fitness routine. With studios in Canary Wharf, Shoreditch, Clapham, Westbourne, and on Mortimer St., get ready for a state-of-the art music system and club-style lights that will keep you in the zone, making sure you finish the full 45-minute class strong. Not a cycling fan? Don’t worry. Despite their name, Psycle isn’t just about high-intensity rides. Barre, strength, and yoga sessions are also on offer at all of their sites — perfect for switching up your workout! And don’t forget about their Energy Kitchen. No visit is complete without one of their legendary smoothies.
If there's one thing this local fitness studio knows, it's how to have a good time. Since 2009, FRAME has been getting Londoners up, moving, and chasing that endorphin high with group workouts that mix feel-good vibes with full-body exercises. And with over 1,100 classes on offer, including barre, yoga, dance cardio, strength training and more, across their seven area locations, the options are endless.
At Equinox in Kensington, St James, and Bishopsgate, you can train, eat, and pitch up by a plug socket without even leaving the building. On the gym floor, you'll find pretty much every type of exercise equipment you can think of. And when it comes to classes, they offer a full lineup with everything from boxing, strength training, and treadmill workouts to yoga, Pilates, and more. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a member’s lounge, steam room, spa, and a gym kit shop.
Sure, you can book a traditional yoga, strength training, or spin class at Gymbox, but you can also sweat it out in a range of funky, eclectic (and sometimes themed!) mash-ups you won't find anywhere else in London. We're talking an ASMR-based meditation session, a P.E-style gymnasium class, and a workout they call Extinction Training. Oh, and don't be surprised when there's a live DJ throwing down during your next bootcamp — that's just the Gymbox way.
A revolutionary force in the spin and fitness scene, boutique powerhouse SoulCycle finally made its way across the pond in 2019, wasting no time in solidifying themselves as a household name in London. What you're in for is an immersive experience featuring a dim, candlelit space, curated playlists, and instructors that bring some serious energy. And that 45-minute class? It's not going to be easy, but it'll fly by as you and your fellow cyclists nail push-ups, tap backs, and choreographed moves as a team. Clip in Soho and Notting Hill.
Community is the backbone of this pay-as-you-go sweat spot in Fulham. So no matter if you're crushing intervals on the bike, getting your muscles burning in a full-body barre class, or perfecting your uppercut in a hardcore boxing session, you'll never have to go it alone. And when you're not pushing your limits, you can hit up their beauty lounge for a brow touch-up or a post-workout massage. Just be sure to keep an eye on their calendar, as they regularly host workshops and events.
Set up in Covent Garden and Bank, this boutique fitness concept has it all: beautifully-designed spaces, challenging group classes, and an on-site refuel bar featuring made-to-order juices, smoothies, and snacks. If yoga's your thing, take your pick of traditional, all-levels flows and heated practices meant to build endurance. Cardio fiend? Book a cycling class complete with all the intervals you can handle. And if boxing is more your style, they have a HIIT-based fusion workout that'll become your new favourite way to release some stress.
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