Contrary to popular belief getting fit in London doesn’t have to cost you a (toned) arm and a leg. If you know where to go, there are some great fitness classes available for free. There are running clubs, yoga workouts and other exercise classes around London.The good news is these classes are run by trained professionals, which means you’re not compromising on quality.
So, shelf those excuses, pull out your gear and get active – our selection of free fitness ideas will be like having your own personal trainer!
Asics Bootcamp is aimed at runners that are a little more experienced. It takes place every Wednesday from 6:30pm-7:30pm and focuses on improving your run, and preventing injuries. The hour-long session is a combination of technical training and cardio drills, emphasizing correct movement and stride length.
Lululemon Run Club and Yoga
If you’re a sports enthusiast then there’s a very good chance you’ve visited a Lululemon shop. Guess what? On a Tuesday and Wednesday evening you can be a part of their weekly running club at the flagship stores in Spitalfields, King’s Road and Covent Gardens. All runners are welcome, regardless of experience and ability. For those who prefer some ying with their yang there is a yoga and chill session at the Spitalfields branch on Sunday mornings. Call in advance to confirm times and space.
Nike+ Running Club and Nike+ Training Club
Nike’s free run club is open to anyone who wants to get fit with coaches and pacers and improve their running. The meet-ups happen on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at various locations around London. Nike also has their Training Club which covers core workouts, cardio drills and interval training. But gents, these classes are for women only.
The London Friday Night Skate
The best way to get exercising is to forget that it’s exercise, which is why the London Friday Night Skate is such a success. Aimed at skilled skaters, it happens every Friday night from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner. If you’re new to the sport and a little unsteady on your feet then try the London Sunday Stroll. The route begins at Serpentine Road every Sunday from 2pm and is suited to skater who enjoy something a little more relaxed.
Our Parks is a great keep fit initiativethat works with local communities across London. The sessions are led by qualified instructors and you can take part in everything and anything, from BoxFit at the Olympic Park to a yoga class in Victoria Park. All you need to do to take advantage is to register online and remember to book ahead as placed fill up quite quickly.
GoodGym is such a great idea, encouraging people to get fit and give back to the community. The idea behind this is to combine running with good deeds with a focus on the elderly and those living alone. All you need to do is turn up at one of the organised runs and be prepared to get sent off on a mission of goodwill.
Reebok Fithub holds free workout sessions twice a week, on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Held in conjunction with Gymbox and 100% MMA there’s a fitness class headed up by the gym’s trained PTs or for something a little different to the norm, you can try out the combination of HIIT and body weight exercises.
Sweaty Betty’s classes
Even the yummy mummies can take advantage of free exercise sessions. Sweaty Betty offers daily in-store classes at different locations and times. While there are various classes available, the majority are Pilates or yoga. And it’s one of London’s most popular free workouts which means you should sign up and book in advances as the classes fill up quickly.
Sweat Shop running community
One of the main reasons people don’t enjoy running is because it can be quiet a lonely sport. Unless you’re meeting up with other runners at the Sweat Shop run clubs. These take place Sunday through to Thursdays at various times and venues. People enjoy the exercise as much as the social side and the majority are regulars. The entry level distance is 5K, which means it’s better suited to experienced runners, although it’s relaxed enough for everyone to participate. Every time you attend you get a redeemable stamp for in-store purchases.