One of the most effective ways of kickstarting an exercise routine is to schedule in a block of sessions with a qualified personal trainer.
Not everyone has the money for a PT on tap, but stumping up the initial investment, even just for two to four sessions, in order to put together a workout programme that works for your body, goals and fitness levels will put you on the road for success. You want to nail your technique first and foremost and that’s best done under the watchful eye of an experienced trainer.
Want to learn to lift heavy, give yourself a cardio blitz or perhaps you’re planning a total lifestyle reboot? The capital is brimming with coaches who can help you smash your goals.
Here's who to call — and if you can’t stretch to their hourly rates, give them a follow on the ‘gram for endless on demand #fitspo.
Sarah Lindsay @roarfitnessgirlâ
USP: Former Olympic speed skater Sarah Lindsay is founder of Roar Fitness, a boutique strength training facility and celebrity hangout specialising in PT programmes. Her two-pronged attack consists of weight training coupled with a nutrition overhaul — and it delivers results fast.
Clientele: Nick Grimshaw, Professor Green, Ellie Goulding, Pixie Lott and Henry Holland are all on the list.
Where: Roar Bank, Liverpool Street and High Street Kensington.
Cost: Eight-week transformation packages start from £2,200.
Luke Worthington @lukewtraining
USP: A qualified sports scientist and Nike trainer, Luke is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to all things fitness and nutrition. Having worked with Hollywood A-listers and elite athletes, his sessions focus on five pillars of wellness: muscular strength, aerobic fitness, mobility, body composition and emotional wellbeing.
Clientele: Forest Whitaker, Jodie Comer, Winnie Harlow and Sabrina Elba, to name a few.
Where: AMP Athletic, a personal training gym in Marylebone.
Cost: from £110/session.
Aimee Long @aimeevictorialong
USP: Celebrity trainer and online coach Aimee Long counts Ashley James and Leigh-Anne Pinnock among her clients. She is founder of the Body Beautiful Method, which blends Pilates, barre and bodyweight strength and conditioning, to hone strong and supple limbs.
Clientele: Beauty editors and celebs have Aimee on speed dial to help nourish both their bodies and minds.
Where: FaceTime, Zoom or in-person.
Cost: from £75/PT session, BBM classes from £5.99.
Dalton Wong @dalton_wong22
USP: Dalton is the owner of TwentyTwo in west London. His training plans focus on exercise, nutrition, recovery and lifestyle. His Pussycat Doll-approved signature band and glider workouts are renowned for working hard-to-reach muscles — expect to feel the burn.
Clientele: Vogue Williams and Ashley Roberts are loyal disciples of his method.
Where: Twenty Two in South Kensington, also via Zoom.
Price: £200/session in studio or £100/session on Zoom.
Mark Ireland @markirelandfit
USP: With a background in professional rugby, Mark takes an athletic approach to training. His aim is to teach you to move better, pain free, while making serious gains. A typical session includes mobility work, plyometric drills and strength and conditioning — and you'll have fun with medballs, assault bikes and ski ergs while you’re at it.
Clientele: Creatives and executives who want to get strong.
Where: Outrivals, a private PT space in Moorgate.
Cost: from £80/session.
Louisa Drake @louisadrakemethod
USP: Louisa Drake’s eponymous LDM Method combines elements of yoga, barre, Pilates, light resistance, conditioning and cardio to improve fitness and sculpt strong, lean physiques. An initial PT session includes an in-depth holistic assessment, taking into account stress levels, as well as eating and sleeping habits, to help you build a sustainable fitness regime that suits your lifestyle.
Clientele: Gwyneth Paltrow and Felicity Jones are former clients, as are members of the royal family.
Where: LDM Studio in Fitzrovia, outdoors and on Zoom.
Cost: from £150/session.
Hollie Grant @thepilatespt
USP: Hollie Grant is founder of Pilates PT and The Bump Plan. A pre and postnatal fitness expert, Hollie is on a mission to encourage more women to feel strong and empowered during pregnancy and educate mums-to-be and new mums on how to exercise during and after pregnancy.
Clientele: Hollie’s client list has spanned Jourdan Dunn, Melissa Hemsley and Ella Mills (aka Deliciously Ella).
Where: Live and on demand classes via The Pilates PT and The Bump Plan memberships.
Cost: £35 per month (all memberships)
Ollie Thompson @olliethompsonhealth
USP: Ollie teaches both private sessions and small group PT classes at SIX3NINE, a PT-focused facility with two London locations. He’ll have your form and posture on point in no time with his strategic yet relaxed approach to strength training.
Clientele: Professionals looking to nail their fitness goals via a tailored programme.
Where: Zoom, Covent Garden and The City.
Cost: enquire online for PT packages.
Lyanne and Sam founders of @strongher_women
USP: Lyanne (@just__tig) and Sam (@samprynn) opened the capital's first female-only strength training unit in 2020, where they offer no-nonsense strength and conditioning and Olympic lifting personal training, as well as group classes.
Clientele: Women of all ages, with zero to pro lifting experience.
Where: StrongHer space, Bethnal Green.
USP: Founder of the The Lottie Method, Lottie’s training style combines nutrition, fitness and a refreshing and uplifting approach to building a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Her sessions will give you a rock-hard core in no time.
Clients: Women of all ages with all sorts of personal goals.
Where: Virtual sessions.
Cost: from £35/30 minutes.
Laura 'Biceps' Hoggins @laurabiceps
USP: Laura's infectious energy and carefully thought out progressive strength training programmes will whip you into shape in no time — expect plenty of tyre flipping and sled pushing.
Clientele: Author and running enthusiast Bella Mackie is one of her heavy lifting converts.
Where: The Foundry gym in London, where she also offers semi-private PT classes and online (via her Team LIFTED coaching community).
Price: for private sessions enquire via her website.
Ciara London @ciaralondon
USP: Ciara’s vibe is all about female empowerment and body positivity. Her workouts celebrate the female body in all its glory — expect plenty of booty band workouts. Her disciples are evangelical about the Body By Ciara community and Ciara recently opened her first gym in Muswell Hill.
Clientele: Rita Ora, Mabel, Neelam Gill and Maya Jama are all dedicated fans.
Where: Online and at her Muswell Hill gym.
Cost: £90/session or £15/month for IG squad membership.
Nesrine Dally @nez__healthhub
USP: Nike trainer Nesrine, founder of Health Hub London, specialises in strength and conditioning, and corrective exercise. She also trains and competes in Muay Thai in which she offers private and group sessions.
Clientele: A mix of athletes, marathon runners, new mums and people who are completely new to exercise.
Where: Zoom and in-person.
Cost: enquire via her website for PT sessions, online group classes start from £5/session.
Maiken Brustad @ptmaiken
USP: Over in East London, Maiken’s good vibes and inspiring training technique will have you nailing one-handed burpees in no time. She specialises in training women to lift heavy and look badass while they’re at it. As a former athlete from Norway, she’s also heavily into cardio — expect plenty of track and field-inspired exercises in a session.
Clientele: Mostly female young creatives.
Jermaine Johnson @jermainejohnsonpt
USP: Hackney-based Jermaine Johnson is a now Peloton instructor, as well as boxing and strength and conditioning coach. His PT sessions involve weight lifting, TRX and bodyweight work. Check out his hypnotic synchronised kettlebell workouts with clients on the ‘gram.
Clientele: Laura Mvula has trained with him, as have a number of bloggers.
Where: Online and in Millfields Park in Clapton (weather permitting).
Cost: price on request.
Matt Roberts @mattroberts_lifestyle
USP: Matt Roberts is who celebs call to prep for major shoots and filming. Based at his swanky Mayfair gym, he and his team of experts combine science, technology and high-intensity training to ensure clients achieve their goals in a sustainable way.
Where: Matt Roberts Evolution on Grosvenor Square.
Clients: High flying business tycoons and a roster of celebrities, including Naomi Campbell and John Galliano.