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Finding the right Class Pass class is like striking gold but the truth of the matter is that there’s so many options to choose from that trial and error can often be a lengthy process. This hitlist of the best sessions in London should put the ease into making the most out of your membership.
Ten Health & Fitness has a fantastic reputation in the fitness industry, especially in the world of Pilates classes and for that reason, it’s our favourite for a Dynamic Reformer workout. With never more than 10 people in each class, each session is intimate, which allows for instructors to spend dedicated time with each student. In short, you’ll come away with tailored tips and tricks that will help you to come back stronger to the following session. Expect a challenging 55-minute series that’s designed for the more experienced among us and promises longer, leaner limbs plus a more confident posture.
If there’s one class we’ve tried that delivers visible results after just a matter of weeks, it’s Rumble at 1Rebel. Yes, it’s one that we’ve featured before but for very good reason. Fusing a hardcore cardio workout with skills-based technique and bodyweight intervals, this isn’t a workout to be taken lightly; you’ll work hard but we guarantee you’ll leave feeling full of energy and ready to book your next session. The beauty of it being on Class Pass is that it suddenly becomes an absolute bargain. Usually priced at £20 a session, it’s one of the more premium studios on the list, so it’s well worth working into your monthly schedule.
Fierce Grace Hot Yoga, Primrose Hill | Courtesy of Fierce Grace
Hot yoga fans rejoice, for London’s most coveted studio group, the Fierce Grace family, are on Class Pass. Having tried and tested each location, it’s the small but wonderfully welcoming Finchley Central space that we favour the most, namely Lauren Doherty’s Fix class on a Sunday morning… because what could be a better start to a day off work? 50 minutes of fast-paced postures and breathing exercises will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the day. What we love most about this particular practice? It gets a little easier with each week and at times you might just surprise yourself with your own progress.
When a spin studio gets it right there’s little more sweaty-a workout to be found and Boom Cycle is a case in point. Rigged up with calorie counters, speedometers and a functionality that measures your incline levels, each bike’s digital screen means there’s no chance of kidding yourself into thinking that you’re working harder than you really are. As with the likes of Psycle, 1Rebel and One10, the room is dark, the music is loud and the instructors boast an infectious enthusiasm. What’s more? They’re in it for as much of a workout as you are which only adds extra motivation. Get ready to feel your bum burn, your adrenaline rise and your endorphins soar after 45 minutes of riding with no destination.
One for the morning people among us, Cardio Circuits at 7am on a Friday in Shoreditch is the optimum feel-good start to the weekend. It will take only until the end of the warm-up for regular Frame instructor Andrew to become one of your new favourite trainers; he works the class hard but in a way that’s motivating and tailored to each person’s fitness levels. Each week’s routine is slightly different so you’ll never feel bored but book as early as you can – only a few spots are available for Class Pass users.
Based in Shoreditch and named one of the best gyms in the world by Men’s Health magazine, The Foundry is one of the hardest establishments to secure a spot at via Class Pass, which is testament to the quality of its sessions. If you feel like taking on a challenge, book in to their very own unique version of HIIT training; a class (not so surprisingly) called Sweat which incorporates calisthenic moves with unexpected challenges such as battle ropes, a Ski Erg and AirDynes exercise bikes that you won’t find elsewhere. Despite its results-driven attitude, there’s nothing intimidating about this gym so don’t be afraid to give it a go if you’re up for a challenge.
The beauty of a central London studio is that it’s the perfect location for a spot of post-workout dinner, shopping or a cheeky cocktail, so Barrecore’s branch in Mayfair makes a particularly appealing Class Pass option. That said, there are of course additional perks to the studio, like the timetable, which offers something for every level of ability. Each session focuses on increasing strength and flexibility through the combination of ballet barre, bodyweight exercises and small, lightweight props, used over and over again to exhaust the muscles. Signature and Signature Express are the most popular choices; they’re both riffs on the original class that are proven to work.