Looking for outdoor fitness classes in London? You’ve come to the right place…
The eternal summer dilemma: you want to look your best during the scantily-clad months, but don’t want to spend hours indoors at the gym and miss out on the good weather. We have a solution: get your tan on and exercise at the same time with these outdoor exercise classes, from rooftop yoga in the city to bootcamps on Clapham Common.
Kingston’s Riverside Retreat
Start the day on a positive note by taking part in a riverside pilates class. Local practitioners All Things Pilates run classes every Wednesday morning until the end of August at Eagle Brewery Wharf, open to all levels of experience. The best part? They’re completely free – but make sure you book ahead via the All Things Pilates app. inkingston.co.uk
Yoga at Ham Yard Hotel
Ham Yard Hotel’s Live Well Series is back for 2019, with a selection of health and wellness events taking place throughout July and August. As part of this, luxury London health club Third Space will be hosting a series of one-hour hatha yoga classes on the hotel’s leafy roof terrace, set among olive trees and wild flowers with views over Soho. This will be followed by a seasonal brunch in Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant, with dishes from plant-based chef Bettina Campolucci including avocado benedict and turmeric porridge. Tickets cost £39 for a 60-minute yoga class and brunch. Book via designmynight.com
Roof Fest London
Roof Fest, the rooftop garden perched atop the Oxford Street branch of John Lewis, is hosting a series of fitness classes this summer from Clapham-based experts HEX. Whether you’re sweating it out at a sunrise HIIT session or getting some zen at a morning yoga class, it’ll be made all the better against the city skyline backdrop. HIIT classes are every Tuesday 7.30-8.30am until 24 September. Yoga classes are every Friday 7.30-8.30am until 27 September. £10 per class.
Clapham Common’s Boxit Bootcamp takes place whatever the weather, but it’s bound to be more appealing when the sun is shining. The gruelling hour-long sessions involve explosive boxing combinations, led by head trainer Matt – and be warned, he takes no prisoners! Sessions run every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.15pm and Saturdays at 10.00am for an hour. £12 per class.
Enjoy open-air yoga by the river with Re:Centre – for free! Every Saturday throughout the summer a class will take place in the gated area outside the old Harrods Depositary building on the Barnes riverside.
Rooftop Yoga at Madison
If anything can tempt you to be bright and ready for an exercise class at 7am on a Wednesday morning, it has to be the unbeatable views of St Paul’s from Madison’s rooftop. For the duration of summer, top yoga teacher Sophie Dear will be hosting a weekly hour-long vinyasa flow class here – and it’s nothing short of spectacular. More than just a workout, the classes are a beautiful way to start the working day, leaving you feeling energised, zen and ready for anything that life may throw at you. Make this your new weekly class for a guaranteed good mood. Wednesdays 7-8am until September. £16.50 per class.
Get thee to one of London’s many, vast and green parks for a proper dose of that ‘outdoors’ feeling – that’s conveniently also totally free. A run in Hampstead Heath is particularly enjoyable as you swoop past the beautiful Kenwood House before treating yourself to one of the café’s legendary cakes – if it’s especially hot, you can cool off with a dip in one of the public ponds. If your local park isn’t quite cutting it anymore (and/or you dread the thought of running into your neighbours when you’re panting and sweaty), check out our the most scenic running routes in the country here.
British Military Fitness
Each week, British Military Fitness runs over 500 boot camp style classes around the country in the great outdoors. The name doesn’t just refer to the military-style exercises (including plenty of shouting), but also the fact that each class is delivered by ex or serving members of the Armed Forces who are fully qualified fitness professionals. Choose between classes focusing on cardio, strength training, teamwork and HIIT, or try WalkFit for a calmer pace. Be warned, this is not one for slackers – though it’s perfect for beginners who want to jump in the deep end. First class free, unlimited monthly membership £54. Find out more here
Yogarise, Bussey Building
Rooftop yoga is set to be all the rage this summer, because it’s truly a winning combination. The warmth makes you stretch better, your deep yogic breathing will be of fresh air rather than a sweaty yoga studio, light from the sun makes you happier and vitamin D is vitally important for us sun-starved Londoners. And, let’s be honest, the whole set up looks pretty darn great on Instagram. See you on the mat… Classes from £12, find out more here
You might not immediately think of the murky waters of the River Thames as your next workout spot – but that’s exactly where Active360 hold their regular paddleboarding classes, as well as pilates and yoga. Stand-up paddleboarding is the world’s fastest-growing watersport, and naturally adventure-hungry Londoners are diving in head first. Perhaps more surprising are the popular yoga and pilates workouts which are also held on paddleboards. If the thought of it brings a knot to your stomach, just remember that the sun reflecting off the water makes you even more tanned. That should be enough to distract you from the fact that your new yoga mat is in fact floating. Find out more here