You’ve almost made it through January, hurrah!
With a new month just around the corner, it’s time to boost your morale and endorphin levels by trying out a new fitness class.
Exercise will help support your mental health, boost your mood and promote better sleep - all things we could do with right now. Anxiety levels may well be high, but a workout, even just a very gentle flow, will take your mind off things.
Here are our top picks for getting your sweat on from home.
Keen to make some serious gains? Grab your dumbbells and hit up GRNDHOUSE the shiny new home fitness platform dedicated to strength training that’s founded by no less than five former Barry’s Bootcamp instructors - so you know what you’re getting with this one. This was the closest thing we’d had to an IRL weights-based PT class in a while - prepare to sweat bucketloads.
Price: from £25/month.
Cult Aussie fitness brand F45 is offering daily classes three times a day via Zoom. Members can sign up to their chosen studio for live workouts during which they are encouraged to keep cameras on so that instructors can help correct form with each exercise. After a spring reboot? The brand has also relaunched its 45-day fitness challenge, with the next one kicking off on March 29.
Price: £20/week for single studio membership.
Heartcore at Home
After something lower impact? Heartcore has launched its new and refreshed home fitness platform, offering live-stream and on-demand versions of its signature Dynamic Pilates workout adapted for the mat, as well as a selection of strength, stretch and mobility classes that will nourish your mind, body and soul.
Define London, home to one of the toughest barre classes in London, has launched its burn-inducing classes online, including 15 and 30-minute on-demand workouts and 50-minute live classes. There are over 20 sessions available online, including everything from cardio and weights to arms and abs. All you need is a chair and light pair of handweights - you’ll have a long, leaner, more sculpted physique in no time.
Price: £9.99/live virtual class or £49.99/10 sessions.
In addition to its cult spin classes available to bike owners, Peloton also offers a vast selection of live and on-demand floor-based strength, cardio, yoga and barre classes via its app, most of which require no equipment at all.
This month Peloton has extended its free trial to the app to 60 days for anyone wanting to give it a go.
Price: 60-day free trial, then £12.99/month.
Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated workout platform Fitness+ in December- and it doesn’t disappoint, read our full review here. There’s a library of over 200 on-demand classes from HIIT to dance to yoga and strength that you can stream from an iPhone, iPad or Apple TV and track your progress via your Apple Watch, around which the whole platform has been designed.
Price: £9.99/month or £80 a year.
Psycle at Home
After delivering hundreds of free fitness classes via Instagram when its studios first closed in March 2020, Psycle launched its official online studio Psycle At Home in September. There are four types of workouts taught by all of your favourite Psycle instructors- Ride, Barre, Strength and Yoga - and classes range between 20 and 60 minutes in length.
Price: free 14-day trial, then £30/month or £240 for the year.
Missing your favourite London gym instructors? Fiit is where you'll find a number of familiar faces - including Adrienne Herbert, Laura Hoggins and Cat Meffan - teaching strength training, HIIT, yoga, and, more recently, chakra balancing classes. There are 25- and 40-minute sessions of both pre-recorded and live classes during which you can compete with others on the leaderboards.
Price: free 14 day trial, then from £10/month.
Sweat at Home by BXR
BXR has launched Sweat at Home, offering three classes daily, including everything from boxing skills with head boxing coach Gary Logan and strength and conditioning with Brad Gould and Liberty Cox to Pilates with Jo-Leigh Morris. Missing your workout buddy? The studio has launched ‘Bring a Friend,’ an offer which allows you to redeem a complimentary sweat sesh for a mate with each purchase by entering the code ‘ATHOME’ at checkout.
Price: £5/class or of five for £20.
Boutique London fitness studio 1Rebel has launched Rebel TV, an online platform which allows the gym's loyal disciples to access HIIT and strength workouts. You can now also experience a 1Rebel Ride from home if you sign up to buy a Technogym bike which costs from £59/month (for 36 months), plus £39/month for a 1Rebel subscription.
Price: free five-day trial of the app, then £15.99/month or £29.99 for 3 months.
Aldgate-based yoga studio Fly LDN has launched a subscription-based, online platform featuring an on-demand workout library and live daily classes. Choose from vinyasa, dynamic power and free flow yoga styles, low-impact, barre or Pilates.
Price: £9.99/month or £99.99/year.
Freeletics offers a number of free full-body workouts and muscle specific targeted exercise demos, like bicycle crunches and burpees.
Upgrade to a personal training plan and you'll also get AI-personalised training plans to suit your individual needs, like weight loss or fitness, as well as mindset coaching and nutrition plans.
Price: from £2.11 a week for training and £3.18 a week for training and nutrition (under a six-month subscription)
Having temporarily closed both its London studios, Pilates PT is now offering the PT Method online with classes of between 45 minutes and 60 minutes via its app, sessions include Dynamic Mat Pilates, pre and post-natal classes.
Price: from £50/month.
HelloYoga connects you up with instructors based all over the world, who offer live virtual one-on-one yoga sessions. There are 25-minute and 55-minute classes of yin, vinyasa, ashtanga, freeform (customised to you) and hatha available on the app.
Price: from £39 for two classes in one month under subscription.
Centr is actor Chris Hemsworth’s fitness app which features workouts from his own PT Luke Zocchi, as well as his wife Elsa Pataky’s own yoga instructor, Tahl Rinksy.
There are 20- and 40-minute sessions of HIIT, Pilates, boxing, yoga and strength available on the app, as well as daily meal plans and guided meditations.
Price: free 7-day trial, from £7.83 a month (for 12 months).
Georgie Spurling’s GS Method is a low impact, non-aggressive technique which involves using small and controlled movements to contract muscles for a longer period of time - expect to build strength quickly and feel the burn.
Price: £19.99 a month.