Demand for in-person fitness classes has risen since the easing of lockdown restrictions

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In-person fitness classes are on the rise following the easing of lockdown restrictions in the U.K.

As part of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's roadmap out of the Covid-19 lockdown, gyms across the country have been open since 12 April, however, indoor classes weren't allowed to resume until 17 May.

Since the measures were relaxed, there has been a 600 per cent week-on-week increase in gym class bookings, according to ClassPass.

The firm provides access to different fitness classes across the country and said that since 17 May, there has been a huge surge in people signing up to their website and getting classes booked in.

Chloe Ross, the vice-president of international at ClassPass, told the Guardian that while online classes will continue, there has been a great shift back to the in-person fitness sessions.

"It's likely that part of our user base will opt for a hybrid routine, doing some workouts at home and returning to studios part of the time, and that others will prefer to return to studios entirely - this increased flexibility is a good thing for establishing a long fitness habit and encouraging more people to get into fitness," she explained.

And two of ClassPass' top London fitness studios have reported a tenfold increase in bookings for in-person classes since 17 May, compared to online classes.

Sandy Macaskill, who heads up celeb favourite Barry's Bootcamp, has had to add more classes to its schedule due to overwhelming demand.

"That's very encouraging because we only opened our studio there a couple of weeks before the first lockdown, so it's effectively still a brand new studio," he told the outlet.

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