There is SUCH a huge array of studios in Central London and with more studios opening in London on a seemingly weekly basis I wanted to share with you the ones that I use personally use,to help me ensure I can fit workouts into busy weeks.
1) Ride @ Digme
I can honestly say that the classes at Digme have absolutely revolutionised the way I approach my workouts. (full disclosure- I am currently undergoing training as part of their instructor team but rode here for a long time beforehand!) The stats board may understandably be off putting for some, but for me it ensures that I am committed for the whole class, with little place to “hide” as the class intensifies! I always leave the classes on a high and aware of where I can make improvements next time. Your ride stats are emailed to you even before you have got back to the changing room, ensuring that you are able to track and record your progress. An absolute must for keen spinners- but be aware, that this is not a rhythm ride style class and is all about the cycling with no upper body “choreography”.
2) Matrix @ Digme
As well as offering incredible ride classes, Digme also offer Matrix- their “boot camp style” class. There are four Matrix concepts on offer, Matrix (full body style workout) Matrix core, Matrix run and Matrix Meta. The reason I prefer these classes to other similar classes at other studios is that they are much more technical and focused on actually progressing both your technique and your fitness- not just giving class participants a “total beasting” which is my common issue with many boot camp studios. By no means are these classes easy, but each time I come away feeling stronger, accomplished and motivated to continue progressing.
3) Beat @ Digme
I am very aware that this is the third entry for Digme… but for me they really are one of the leading studios in London! As well as ride classes, Digme offer Beat classes which are music led to encourage riding to the beat along with upper body movement. For me- the beat classes here are a million miles away from other rhythm ride classes in London. The head trainer Jamie (who is an unbelievable instructor) has devised a class profile that ensures a full and methodical workout whilst injecting SO much fun into it! Unlike other studios, each bike has a screen so you know exactly what resistance you are working so you get an effective workout rather than just guessing throughout the class, and there is no weights track which allows the focus to be purely about riding. The data screens that are used for the ride classes are turned off, making this class a great option if competitive rides aren’t your thing. (Also, a shout out to one ten here also- their Nirvana class is epic!)
4) Reshape @ 1Rebel
I’ve been a fan of 1rebel for several years now, and I often take their 45 minutes Reshape class during the day after my morning PT clients. For me, 45 minutes is the perfect class length for me as I can fit it into my schedule and know that I can give maximum effort for that time. Classes run frequently throughout the day and the reshape classes are always full body workouts which again works well for me. Personally I also feel that the changing rooms and the amazing array of products for participants to use are pretty much up there with the best in London (but they do get RAMMED at peak times, hence why I try to go during the day) They now have expanded to four studios and as well as their original base in St Marys Axe they are in Broadgate Circle, Bayswater and South Bank and also offer Rumble (boxing based class) and a ride class.
5) Reformer Pilates @ Bootcamp Pilates
Bootcamp Pilates have several studios across London- I use the one located on the Strand. Pilates and Yoga is something I am really trying to ensure I fit into my weekly routine and this centrally located studio makes that much easier for me. The studios are based around reformer Pilates, which for me as a fan of heart raising workouts is an ideal mix of ensuring I focus on my strength and breathing technique whilst also feeling like I have had a solid workout. This class is certainly that and honestly, I find these classes probably the hardest ones that I do as they are still pretty new to me. I love how |I feel afterward- strong yet calmer at the same time and they are fast becoming an essential part of my week. Wonderfully knowledgeable and approachable instructors help to make the experience enjoyable, and they offer both beginner and standard classes. Highly recommended!
All the pricing and timetable info for each studio I have mentioned can be found on the websites as linked above. Have you tried any of them? Which other studios would you recommend?