Brave the elements and see results. Because everything is better when it’s sunny…
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 that make the most of the sun, while it lasts…
High above the suit-clad city workers of Finsbury Square, you could be getting your sweat on with Aviary’s summer fitness pop-up. One of London’s most in-demand roof terraces, RooFIT at Aviary sees top instructors lead early-morning yoga, boxing and barre classes to get you fit and help you rethink your approach to exercise. We’re particularly excited for ‘s residency which promises an uplifting and mindful start to the day with 45-minute Vinyasa classes running on 21, 22, 28 and 29 June. for further classes from BXR and En Avant Ballet, and soak up the good vibes (and sun) against the stunning skyline. £25 per class,
Fitzrovia’s latest luxury fitness studio DEFINE.London celebrates its arrival by collaborating with one of the most picturesque rooftops in the city, at The Trafalgar St James. Head to the top floor for impressive views and the new wellness programme led by DEFINE’s very own Ashley Verma (ex-Broadway star and all-round wonder woman) and start your Sunday morning with a signature class followed by and a healthy brunch. The best possible way to end a long week (and get a healthy dose of Vit D at the same time). 10 June, 17 June, 24 June. £45 each,
What to do when you have a spacious rooftop in the centre of London’s buzziest neighbourhood? Turn it into a spot for al fresco exercise come summer, of course. Try something a little different with a lesson in Urban Krav Maga, a mix of martial art and fighting system tactics which teach real-life self-defence, while getting you fit at the same time. Ensure you’re ready for anything and everything – including the beach. 22 May and 26 June, Free.
If anything can tempt you to be bright and ready for an exercise class at 6.50 every 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 (and tan). Until end of August, .
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.
Frame’s coolest class is back with a bang this summer – and with an added dose of Britney and Beyoncé. What more could you possibly ask for? Make the most of warm summer mornings by joining this low impact Barre class which is held on the banks of Regents Canal in King’s Cross. Barefoot and under the rays of the sun, and all before breakfast! Three classic Breakfast Barre classes are planned for the season, while the Beyoncé, Britney and Disco specials are just the boost you need to kick-start your day the right way. Various dates from 30 May- 29 August. £15 each, buy tickets
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 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
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 £14, find out more
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. Yes, really. 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. Classes from £30, find out more
Bugs, leaves, twigs, rain, dogs and children are just a few of the scary things one might encounter when actually exercising outdoors. Nature-phobes will feel much more comfortable behind the floor-to-ceiling windows of Shangri-La’s state-of-the-art gym which boasts the views without the possibility of rude interruptions (and you can still tan through the glass). Follow your workout with a few laps in the infinity ‘Sky Pool’ which is a far cry from the scary squelching, fish and murky waters of public ponds. All perfect, so long as you’re not scared of heights – they’re both on the 52nd floor of the Shard. Find out more
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