Fitness

FS8

F45 Training’s new fitness concept FS8 is here. It’s still a circuit-based group class but it combines elements of pilates, tone and yoga into one low-impact 50-minute workout – the F stands for Functional, the S is for Style (the remix of pilates, tone and yoga), and the 8 represents the eight key elements of FS8. The set-up will be familiar to anyone who’s done a regular F45 class before. There are three sections to each circuit – mats for pilates and yoga, a weights section for tone, and reformer machines for pilates – with the exercises for each station displayed on screens, and you make your way around the circuit in each class. There are over 3000 exercises that make up FS8 so you can be sure of variety every time you workout.

BXR CITY

The City of London is known for its skyscrapers, so of course there’s a gym inside one of them that’s 125 metres up with 360-degree views of the capital below. BXR City at 22 Bishopsgate, designed by luxury studio Bergman Design House (founded by Marie Soliman and Albin Berglund), has a members-only gym floor with the highest climbing wall in London, a boxing training area, and state-of-the-art equipment from Technogym, Wattbike, Eleiko and Hammer Strength. The gym is also home to the pay-to-train Sweat by BXR studio, where you can take pilates, yoga, strength & conditioning and Versaclimber classes, so there are plenty of ways you can work up a sweat at the highest gym in the City.

BERMONDSEY BOXING CLUB

Bermondsey Boxing Club is the third and largest site in The Boxing House collection, which also includes Camden Boxing Club and Rathbone Boxing Club, and brings that same boutique boxing vibe south of the river. The Club is home to a custom-built 18ft boxing ring and is kitted out with a range of Everlast punch bags and self-training equipment, so you can drop in for a solo session or take part in one of their weekly group classes like BOX!BOX!BOX!, Fighting Fit, Boxing Medley, Boxing Tactics, and Circuit Blast. The changing rooms are fully equipped wit Bjork & Berries toiletries and hair appliances, and there’s a cafe serving energy drinks, protein bars, coffees and smoothies so you can refuel after your session. Whether you’re a first-timer or a boxing pro, Bermondsey Boxing Club has everything you need to practice your technique in style.

CAMDEN BOXING CLUB

The “bigger, badder” sister site of the highly acclaimed Rathbone Boxing Club, Camden Boxing Club at Hawley Wharf is a boujee interpretation of a gritty East London boxing shed: complete with two rings, two group class zones, and a dedicated self-train area, with bags, weights and cardio equipment to support the fundamentals of boxing training. There are plenty of options for all fitness and experience levels – you can choose from group classes that offer boxing basics or bagwork drills and tactics, and for those with specific goals there is personal training and sparring. And if you fancy going it alone, then the self-train packages allow you to come in and use the equipment yourself.

BARRY'S

Originating in LA, Barry’s is an indoor boutique bootcamp that’ll shock your system with a combo of strength and cardio workouts, set to pumping nightclub tunes in their famous red-lit rooms. The exercises and intervals are varied to keep you working hard – you can burn over 1000 calories in a hour at some of the classes here. The trainers are industry famous and specialise in maximising potential, so you’ll defo work up a sweat.

AWAKN

Awakn Canary Wharf is built to make you mentally sharper and physically stronger. This luxury wellness venue offers up a great mix of classes for those looking for a health boost including strength training, cardio, and boxing. Awakn’s mission is to give you the mental tools for improving in and out of the gym as well as working your body, so you awakn your inner strength.

1REBEL

1Rebel is a ‘pay-as-you-train’ boutique fitness studio offering highly intense fitness sessions against a backdrop of live entertainment. They’ve got six studios across London but their Broadgate studio is an underground playground where the gloves come off and beast mode comes on. Whether you want to reshape (that’s quickfire rounds of high-powered treadmill sessions, dynamic weights + lots of endorphins) or ride (a 45-minute sweat sesh on the bike that’ll blow your mind), 1Rebel will put you through your paces.

3TRIBES

4 Marshalsea Road, London

Crouch End based fitness studio 3Tribes has expanded south of the river, opening its third location on Borough High Street. The site offers the same hot classes as Studio 1 in Crouch End, including hot yoga and hot pilates, as well as the signature barre class you can do in Studio 2. What sets the Borough branch apart from the North London studios is the fact that it’s also home to flotation tanks. Floating is great way to relax and reset both mentally and physically; as well as providing time and space to meditate, floating has been proven to improve sleep quality and speed up recovery from injury. Now you can sweat, stretch and zen out all under one roof.

MUSHROOMS | THE ART, DESIGN AND FUTURE OF FUNGI

16th July - 13th September 2020
Strand, London WC2R 1LA

Somerset House is going mushroom mad with an exhibition dedicated to fungi. Works from over 40 artists, including Cy Twombly, Beatrix Potter, John Cage, Perks and Mini, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Collins and more, will be on display, with the show exploring the cultural legacy of mushrooms, the psychedelic feelings they inspire and the groundbreaking ways they can be used in textiles and architecture.

POPFIT

19 Sidworth St, London E8 3SD

Created by Royal Ballet-trained dancer Stephanie Burrows, POPfit combines pilates, plyometrics, yoga and dance into routines set to loud pop music, so you get the best bits of each of these disciplines, without the need for any equipment, and you get to have a laugh too. The classes range from Popfit Signature (cardio, strength and stretching) to POPfit Yoga to POPfit Barre to POPfit Dance Cardio. Word on the street is that Kate Hudson and Melanie C are fans, and if it’s good enough for actual Sporty Spice then it’s good enough for us.

BARRECORE

90-92 Upper St, London N1 0NP

Barrecore is probably the premier barre studio in town, thanks to its signature method of interval training applied to each major muscle group. As well as a warm up and stretching throughout, the classes have sections for the thighs, the seat and the abs – it’s like legs, bums and tums on steroids.

DISCOBARRE

The Factory, Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2DA

Discobarre offers classes set to house and disco music, mixing ballet, barre, contemporary dance, pilates and strength exercises so you can feel the groove and feel the burn. The studio is also be the official home of the Lotte Berk Technique, the OG barre workout and a fave of celebs back in the 70s and 80s, which Discobarre founder Sophia Ritchie is opening up to a new generation. And with other classes like Ballet Fitness, NRG Barre, the meditative Firm Feet, the inclusive Dance Church and more being taught at the studio, there are plenty of ways for you to break a sweat.

FRAME

FRAME Kings Cross, Arthouse, 1 York Way, London N1C 4AS

It’s a Frame two-for-one in King’s Cross as there are two standalone studios just around the corner from each other. One has space for barre, pilates, dance and other fitness classes, whereas the other is solely dedicated to yoga, making it THE place to downward dog and de-stress.

BOOTCAMP PILATES

64 Porchester Rd, London W2 6ET

What do you get when you cross pilates with HIIT? Bootcamp Pilates that’s what. They offer a 55-minute intense class combining exercises both on and off the reformer machine in a regimented sequence of moves, designed to target every inch of your body. And we mean, every inch. We’re talking sets of push-ups, lunges, squats and burpees on the mats and then core and glute stretches on the reformer. If you’re looking for a way to switch up the traditional workout this is it.

FRAME

New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY

80s aerobics, Beyonce dance classes, power yoga, ass & abs or reformer pilates, whatever your thing you’ll find it at Frame. This studio is all about the fun, whether you’re a bit of a fitness freak or someone who eats too many cakes (like us), you’ll feel right at home.

THIRD SPACE

67 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN

Third Space really does have it all from a hypoxic chamber to a swimming pool, 75 square metres of climbing wall to a suspended glass floor training area. It’s a swishy gym and a place to burn some serious calories, but memberships don’t come cheap so be prepared to dig deep.

THE DRAGON'S BACK

Dragon's Back, Hong Kong

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Hiking The Dragon’s Back is the perfect escape from the city, an amazing trail – rightfully named the best trail in Asia by Time Magazine. There’s options to suit all levels and they all end up at a sweet beach named Big Wave Bay.

LAMMA ISLAND

Lamma Island, Hong Kong

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If you’re looking to escape the city then we can fully recommend hiking. Lamma Island is pretty touristy, but a very easy hike and pleasant to walk around.

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