We Train is a new fitness concept based on group personal training. Currently based in Clapham and Brixton (ideal for the South West London millenials!) there are a variety of sessions available that allow groups of friends to socialise while working out, at a fraction of the cost of one-on-one personal training.
These aren’t your average, mundane PT sessions. Think yoga, HIIT, outdoor bootcamps and Barre. There are flexible sessions to fit around your schedule, all hosted by London’s best health & fitness instructors, and you can set your own pace.
Plus they donate a percentage of their fees to the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, which works to empower young people through sport, so you’re doing some good by booking on to a session!
I went along to We Train’s launch event in Brixton last week and had so much fun trying out Fit for Function with Elle and Barre with Hilary.
A spinning class like no other, BOOMCycle is all about the bike, beats, and Boom! Going into my first class felt more like going into an underground rave, with the lights down low and candles ignited, the room is transported into a party atmosphere and you can solely focus on what you are doing as you aren’t even aware of the people around you.
While frantically pedaling my legs as fast as I could I was surprised when the instructor suddenly shouted ‘Now pick up your dumbbells’. That’s right, there are two dumbbells placed either side of the bike and halfway through the class some arm and core exercises are incorporated, creating a fun HIIT workout that works your whole body from head to toe.
Each class is said to burn between 400-700 calories, dependant on how hard the individual drives themselves with the resistance (instructors don’t say how many turns to make or how high to have the intensity it is purely driven from self motivation).
One of the funnest ways to work your core and not a sit-up in sight! Hula hooping is a great way to tone tummies while improving strength and burning calories.
In a typical class you will spin a hoop on your hips while taking part in various routines including jogging, jumping, squatting and spinning around to enhance balance, posture and poise. You learn to hoop on various parts of your body while constantly working your core muscles, obliques, glutes and thighs. You’ll be surprised how much you ache afterwards!
You will burn anything from 400 to 600 calories in one hour-long session.
Bella Kinesis Run Like a Girl Running Club (Free!)
If you’re looking to practice your running skills but don’t feel ready to join a regular running group or feel intimidated running alongside the hardcore athletes, Bella Kinesis’ monthly run is ideal!
It is a free, monthly 5k run for ladies starting at London Bridge. You can go completely at your own pace as the members re-group everyone couple of bridges to ensure no one is left behind.
Everyone gathers for a drink afterwards and there are snacks to refuel from Health Box Kitchen too!
Create Victoria are always holding fun fitness classes and from next week they will be running bootcamp classes with celebrity fitness expert Lilly Sabri.
Lillly is also a trained physiotherapist and Pilates instructor and, by combining traditional Pilates and HIIT exercises, she has developed a unique and effective style of training. Her renowned bootcamp features exercises designed to tone and build your core and balance, alongside high intensity cardio movements.
Alongside the classes, attendees will receive nutritional advice and a guide on balanced, healthy and quick to create meals from renowned dietician Leo Pemberton.
o Weekday classes 8am-8:45am
o Weekday evening classes, 6:30pm-7:30pm
o Saturday classes, 10am – 11am and 11:15am-12:15pm