Classpass: London’s Best Workouts (Part 2)
If you’re bored of your workout routine and fancy shaking it up a bit, London-dwellers can invest in Classpass – a pay-per-month subscription giving you access to a whole host of classes (some familiar, some that you may have never heard of). In Part 1, Laura Grant discussed how beneficial the pass had been in her life. Read below for her top studios on Classpass.
Project Fit (Bank, The City)
“You Vs. Your Body” is Project Fit’s slogan, and in my very first class, I genuinely thought both me and my body were going to lose. A gruelling 60 minute workout that alternates between treadmill incline/sprints and floor weighted/body weight circuits, this is not for the light hearted. Depending on the size of the class, usually half the class starts on the treadmill, the other half on the floor, and you switch intermittently depending on how nice the instructor is feeling that day. On the floor, the instructor gives clear instructions and demonstrations and moves around correcting your form. The only issue I found was, as the poor instructor alternates between shouting instructions for treadmills and floor, it can be quite an overwhelming experience for some. Personally? With the red lighting, the constant instruction and buzz got my adrenaline pumping and made me really ready to give my 100%
I aim to come here once a week and find every workout so varied and so difficult. I would say I’m relatively fit… but Project Fit always has me questioning myself during my workout, and feeling over the moon after!
Showers & Changing Room Facilities: clean, plenty of showers and free lockers with keys. Provide both shower and sweat towels. Also hairdryer and products. Their conditioner smells amazing, I am obsessed with it.
Also have a bar for your post class protein shake.
1Rebel, Aldgate, The City (Also Broadgate, Liverpool Street)
1Rebel’s Reshape class is similar to Project Fit in premise: you do some treadmill work, then switch to the benches. The classes can hold up to 40 people (20 on treadmills, and 20 on floor,) however I would abstain from a full/busy class as the room can get very hot and stuffy, and my more pleasant classes were the quieter ones where there was plenty of room. You each have your own bench (that you may have to share with your treadmill buddy,) which has weights attached as well as your medicine ball, saving time in the scramble for weights which I liked. Instructors were all energetic and the music was great in all my classes. It also feels like a club at times, with the crazy lights and pumping music.
1Rebel also offer Spin classes which I did not do, but did notice they also seemed very popular, with an even distribution of people leaving the changing rooms to go to Spin as well as Reshape.
1Rebel have also opened a Broadgate Location which offers Reshape, as well as a boxing class called ‘Rumble’ where you alternate between beating the living heck out of a 80kg punch bag and doing burpees and other body weight exercises. I work up a huge sweat in these, and emerge feeling strong and energetic, albeit with bloody knuckles.
Showers & Changing Room Facilities: clean, plenty of showers and free combination lockers. Provide both shower and sweat towels. Really swanky changing rooms with chairs, mirrors with lightbulbs and plenty of projects – including moisturisers, toners, hair products, as well as dryers and straighteners. If you need to go out after your class, have no worry!
Also have a “roots & bulbs” cafe where you can get a shake or a healthy snack.
Core Collective, High Street Kensington
Core Collective offer a range of classes: yoga, accelerate (spin), velocity (full body workout,) and resistance (TRX). Of course, I have only done Velocity and Resistance classes so can only comment on those!
I love, love, love the Velocity Studio. A large room with mats and space on one side for body weight/plate exercises such as weighted lunges etc, alternating with a big frame where circuit stations are set up. Whether it’s battle ropes one week, box jumps the next, you move along the circuit stations, completing all 6 high intensity exercises, before switching to the floor and working on your weighted squats. They also love burpees! I love how unique the studio is, and that circuit stations are different every week – you never know what you’re going to get until you walk into a class and see the set up!
Resistance was more of a standard TRX class, with a combination of high intensity moves (squat jumps, urgh!) and slower, strength building moves such as Upper body rows. Burpees still always manage to sneak in here.
Showers & Changing Room Facilities: I have never had to line up for a shower, and you are given a lovely fluffy towel! Sweat towels are also available, as are lockers both inside and outside the changing rooms. They have teamed up with C Press and offer snacks and juices in their studio as well.
Frame (Shoreditch, Queens’ Park, King’s Cross)
Frame offers one of the biggest ranges of classes I’ve seen. From Yoga, to Box Fit, to my beloved Ass & Abs, to Barre, there are so many classes here you will be struggling to pick just 3 with your Classpass limit!
The studios are big, clean and airy, and are all gorgeous! All my instructors have been amazing in the various classes, and although my classes have all been quite full, there has been enough room for all of us, and we were each given assistance and attention if we needed, leading to a great atmosphere.
Showers & Changing Room Facilities: Towels are available to rent for £1, and there aren’t many lockers. Most people seemed to bring their bags into the studio as they have cubby holes dotted along (I believe, most,) of the workout studios. They have products in their showers – if you’re in a full class and in a hurry I would nip out quickly to jump in the shower, although I have never had to wait.
If the classes sound up your alley, I would definitely recommend joining up to Classpass. You’re able to cancel at any time (although you could consider putting your membership on hold instead – you’ll be charged a reactivation fee if you choose to rejoin at a later date.) If you’re still unsure, Classpass often offers trials (as I did) so it’s worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page if you still need some convincing.