This spring there are more reasons than ever to book into an al fresco fitness class - it’s a great way to soak up some of this glorious sunshine and the perfect way to ease yourself back into group training, ahead of indoor classes resuming on May 17.
Keen to get back in the mix? From stand up paddleboarding to open-air spinning and bootcamp-style training in the park, we’ve picked the best outdoor classes to get those endorphins pumping again.
Outdoor silent disco spinning
Missed your weekly spin sesh? Let off some steam at one of static’s 45-minute outdoor spin classes (pictured above) at Embassy Gardens in south London. Classes will run six days a week throughout summer and are released on a weekly basis. Clip in and tune out.
Price: £20/class (includes use of bike, headphones, shoes and tunes).
Where: Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.
SoulCycle Outside at Selfridges
Offering more open-air spin, SoulCycle disciples will be please to know the brand has opened its first outdoor studio in the UK at Selfridges, just off Oxford Street. SoulCycle instructors are hosting a daily schedule of 45-minute workouts, and riders receive silent disco-style headphones to listen to the beat for the duration of the class.
Price: from £16/class.
Where: Selfridges, Edward Mews (400 Oxford Street).
Missed taking out your frustrations on the bag? BXR is back this spring with its socially-distanced outdoor group classes in Marylebone, kicking off on March 29 until May 16. Choose from Box Skills, SweatBOX, Cardio Conditioning and Core, Strength and Conditioning and Pilates. Classes last 45 minutes.
Price: £20/session or £100/6 sessions.
Where: Paddington Gardens.
David Lloyd outdoor fitness
David Lloyd has reopened a number of its clubs to offer outdoor fitness sessions in its open-air spaces. There will be yoga, Pilates, group cycling and bootcamp-style workouts, as well as some of its signature classes such as Battlebox and Blaze. Tennis and personal training will also be available, as will swimming at clubs with outdoor pools.
Price: memberships vary between £50 and £150.
Where: various London clubs.
Ahead of studios reopening later in May, Cult Aussie fitness method F45 is bringing back F45 Track, its popular 45-minute outdoor workouts which combine HIIT with functional and resistance training. Launching on March 29, the socially-distanced group classes will take place in parks across the UK, including a number of London locations.
Price: from £17 (drop-in).
Where: Fulham, Blackhorse Lane, Holloway, Streatham Hill, Blackwall, Vauxhall, Peckham Rye, Shepherds Bush, Tooting, Kingston and Brixton.
Military Fit with BMF
Military Fit is a 60-minute military-style training workout that incorporates elements of cardio and strength to improve fitness, power and speed. Classes are open to all abilities - don’t be afraid to get muddy, the results will be worth it.
Price: 7-day trial for £7, from £14.99/class or monthly £61.99/month.
Where: various locations, including Hyde Park, Battersea Park and Richmond Park.
Stand Up Paddleboarding with Active 360
Take to the waters with a spot of paddleboarding - it will test both your balance and strength and help you build a rock-hard core. Classes begin with land-based training before you hit the Thames to perfect your technique . Choose from either private lessons or group classes.
Price: from £59/group sessions or £79/private classes (including all equipment hire).
Where: various locations, including Kew Bridge, Paddington, Brentford and Richmond.
LDN MUMS FITNESS
Sarah Campus, a PT and nutrition coach specialising in pregnancy and post-partum fitness, set up LDN MUMS FITNESS to offer new lockdown mums a safe space to get back into exercise. She offers group training and PT sessions outdoors as well as on-demand classes and Zoom PTs for new mums who prefer to train from home.
Price: from £12/45-minute class.
Where: Ravenscourt Park and Chiswick House & Gardens.
Burn up to 600 calories in a single bootcamp class with Swift Fitness which resume today. The feel-good workouts vary daily to keep you on your toes but a typical session includes fat-torching intervals, calorie-blasting circuits and team games that will leave you on a high.
Price: 7-day free trial, £12/session or £49/month.
Where: various locations including Highbury Fields, London Bridge, Clapham Common, Fulham and Parsons Green.
Regain your post-natal fitness with the expert team at BuggyFit, the UK’s largest buggy workout network for mums and babies. The hour-long sessions include a power walk to get your heart pumping, followed by low-impact muscle-focused exercises to gradually build back up your strength post-baby.
Price: £10/class or £85 for 10 sessions with a Buggyfit loyalty card.
Where: various locations across UK, including Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.
Personal Training with POD Fitness London
POD Fitness offers small group personal training sessions for up to five people at a time. Choose from a 35-minute HIIT sesh, 45 minutes of cardio and resistance circuits or an hour of kickboxing, strength training or stretching. Each session is suitable to all levels and PTs make adjustments for each individual.
Price: 7-day trial for £47 or £35/class.
Where: Ravenscourt Park and Furnivall Gardens (SW6).
Fearsome Running with Be Fearsome
Want to brush up on your running technique? Book into one of Be Fearsome’s 45-minute group classes which combine running drills, interval and endurance training, alongside strength and conditioning exercises designed to make you a more efficient and speedier runner. Be Fearsome bootcamp and circuits classes are also available.
Price: free trial, £12.50/session or £59/month.
Where: Hyde Park and Battersea Park.
Park HIIT Bootcamp with Train Dirty London
Train Dirty London combines high-intensity interval training with bootcamp-style exercises in 45-minute classes which will fire up your metabolism and burn fat fast. Classes typically have between 7-10 people per trainer and go ahead regardless of the weather. Expect to improve your cardio fitness while building lean muscle.
Price: from £12.50/class (drop-in)
Where: various London locations including Shoreditch Park, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common.
Yoga with BayLeaf Yoga
Find your zen with a 60-minute outdoor hatha yoga flow with BayLeaf Yoga. Classes are suitable to all levels and are open to up to six yogis at a time. Sessions include meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and asana (postures) - you’ll leave energised and with improved balance and flexibility.
Price: £10/class or from £55/month.
Where: Abbey Wood.
HIIT with One Element
One Element’s high intensity sessions combine 40 minutes of cardio followed by core training and stretching to give you a thorough full-body workout. Expect to be pushed to your limits, leaving you feeling stronger, more empowered and ready for a shower.
Price: free trial session, £15/class or £39/month.
Where: Clapham Common, Twickenham Green, Wimbledon Park and Tooting Common.