I will purely be giving shoutouts to classes because, as much as I’ve tried, I’m not a ‘gym person’. By that I mean, I do not enjoy hitting the treadmill and picking up the weights. I often get bored (and ironically restless0, and find myself quickly becoming unmotivated.
Classes are ideal for me because of the group setting and the instructor, and I find the group energy motivating and exciting.
Before I start discussing my favourite classes, I would like to recommend ClassPass for all of you who enjoy trying out different classes across different locations in London (and no, this is not a sponsored post).
ClassPass allows members to try a variety of classes across different studios, without having to commit yourself to that one studios membership. The membership options for ClassPass are 3, 5, or 10 classes per month. I always choose 10, and you can choose to purchase more as add-ons whenever you like. Now, ClassPass isn’t cheap (10 classes per month is £110) and you are limited to visiting the same studio 3x in a month. That being said, the classes offered on ClassPass are high-end quality classes that can sometimes cost between £15 to £30 per lesson if you book directly with the studio. ClassPass is also great because you get to try exercises you normally wouldn’t in your local gym (e.g. aerial dance, which is incredibly difficult if you have no upper arm strength like me but it is a lot of fun). You also may find that if you like one class a lot (like I have found), you can get a better deal by buying bulk classes from the studio directly, and then using your membership with ClassPass to keep trying new classes or the more expensive ones you might not be able to afford through booking directly with the studio (for me that’s all the reformer pilates classes).
Having been on ClassPass for a few months now, here are my favourite ones:
- DIVA- Seen On Screen Fitness
DIVA is a dance class designed for beginners. So if you have a passion for dance like I do but no real coordination, this is the class for you.
And don’t be fooled, just because it’s a beginners class doesn’t mean you won’t break a sweat and feel challenged. The classes are tailored to bring out your inner sass and feature music from the biggest popstar Divas such as Beyonce.
I love dance exercise classes because I truly enjoy it and do not feel like I am ‘working out’- by that I mean I do not find myself looking at the clock desperately wanting the class to be over. The class is empowering and a great de-stressor if you have a 9-5 office job like I do where you are hunched over a computer all day.
2. Zumba- The London Dance Company
Zumba is an aerobic latin dance experience that I have participated in semi-frequently throughout the years. I love Zumba because of the Latin music, which fills the nostalgia in my heart as a Latina myself who grew up in South America.
There are plenty of Zumba classes in London, but it is difficult to find a good class with a great instructor. It is all personal preference, of course, but I do not enjoy Zumba classes that heavily rely on aerobic moves with little dancing. I want a Zumba instructor that provides high-energy movements through dance, and I want at least one proper Salsa routine per lesson.
Kamila’s Zumba classes, provided through the London Dance Company at Zoo Bar and Loop Bar on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s respectively, provide just that.
My only reservation with these classes, and I can only speak for my experience with Zoo Bar as I have not taken the classes at Loop Bar, is that there are a lot of people in attendance and therefore there isn’t always much space. You can move freely but depending on where you’re standing, it can be tricky to get a good view of the teacher. I recommend getting there early to secure a good spot. That being said, despite the issue, the class quality is good enough to have turned me into a regular customer.
3. Beginner’s Dynamic Reformer Pilates- Ten Health & Fitness
I had always wanted to try reformer pilates, but I was apprehensive to do so. The machines were intimidating and as someone who is currently not in great shape, the thought of conquering an exercise that involved machine work was rather overwhelming.
So when I found out there were reformer pilates classes specifically designated for beginners, I knew that it was the best time to give it a go. After all, the studio states that a basic level of fitness is helpful but not essential for this class, so I felt secure that this was the best way to introduce myself into this buzzed about class.
I am so glad I tried it, as I found it very challenging but not intimidating. The teachers are incredibly supportive and correct you but not in a way that makes you feel like you are being put on the spot. I get quite anxious if I’m called out in a front of a group of people, but I have never once felt like that during these classes. It actually felt like a personal training session, and I’m aiming to give these classes a go at least once a week.