London’s Best Boutique Gyms

I feel like I’ve hit such a slump. Usually I’m pretty good at motivating myself to lace up my trainers and go to a run, or hit the weights. I’m stuck in a rut and really want to refresh my fitness game – I’m in dire need of a break away from my overcrowded gym.

So, if you’re like me and looking for something to boost you up this month, here are a few of my top boutique gyms that you need to train in…

1Rebel

The changing rooms at 1Rebel are sure to have graced many an Instagram feed – they’re spacious, with large bronze lockers and heated white tiled benches. They’re got two studios both close to Liverpool street which focus on three classes: Cycle (spinning); Reshape (HIIT using treadmills and benches); and Rumble (boxing). Be prepared – their classes are challenging and are the perfect thing to reignite your fitness mojo.

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Blok

You’ll find Blok in a converted warehouse in Clapton. It’s seriously swish with exposed brickwork and steal beams. The type of place you’d expect a hip restaurant to open up in, but instead it’s equipt with kettlebells and boxing bags. There are two studios, one which is dedicated to boxing and dance-fit, and the second is for yoga, barre and pilates. Be sure to try out their grueling signature class, BlokFit.

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F45

F45 stands for Functional 45 – basically training for 45 minutes. Each class focuses on a combination of bodyweight and weight exercises in different circuit. The classes are designed in a way in which everyone encourages and supports each other, which is seriously motivating. Right now you can sign up for 7 classes for just £7! Money well spent.

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Another Space

The black and white sleek decor is what got me through the door here, but what makes me want to go back to Another Space is their HIIT class, a mix of boxing and floor work. Plus the changing rooms are packed with everything you could possible need, including hair ties and grips!

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Ethos

If you tired of the divide between yoga and sports and no longer want to think of them as separate activities, then Ethos is the place for you. They’ve recently expanded into London, smack bang in the centre of Spitalfields Market. If you’ve never used TRX before, then this is definitely the place to try it. It’s a type of bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

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Things to do if you’re new to London

Moving to a new city can be extremely daunting, especially to London as it’s a big old baffling place. When I moved back from home from Leicester everything I knew had  completely changed. There are a thousand and one things to do here and here’s my list of fun ideas and some advice on how to fit in and feel at home in the capital.

Tweet me at @anna_boast or @activeinldn if you try any of them out!

 

Walk Everywhere 

It’s seriously the best way to orientate yourself in London. The tube map is incredibility misleading and most station are only a stones throw away from each other. Use Transport for London’s walking tube map to discover how near or far stations really are. Since I got my FitBit I walk everywhere and I can’t wait to move out of the suburbs so I can run to work.

Catch London’s Cheapest Bus Tour 

So, walking isn’t your thing. That’s fine, how about a tour of London’s major sites for just £1.50? Hop on the number 11 bus and you’ll get to see some of our most-loved landmarks. It travels from Liverpool Street to Fulham Town Hall, taking you past the Bank of England, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace.

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Don’t go up The Shard 

Seriously – don’t. It’s a complete rip off at £30. Instead head to the Walkie-Talkie building and visit the Sky Garden which is completely free! Avoid the queues and book into one of their early morning yoga sessions. Nothing beats watching the sunrise over London.

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Go for a £10 Steak

There are few places where you can get a cheap steak dinner, but Flat Iron serves up the best. Their menu is incredibility simple and some of their branches are attract queues of up to two hours. Luckily, they work the queue with an app so you can have a few pints at a pub nearby whilst you’re waiting.

Wander along the South Bank 

It’s home to dozens of street performers, the National Theatre, outdoor food markets and second-hand book stalls. Borough Market is a must see, it’s got every type of food and drink you could ever possibly dream of.

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Attend a Supper Club 

Turning up solo in a restaurant can make a lot of people anxious, so why not book a supper club instead? The goals is to bring strangers together over food. London Pop-ups have a great list here of the regular and best supper clubs in town.

Try a new Exercise Class 

It’s the perfect way to find a new gang of workout buddies, plus London has heaps of unique and insanely fun workout options. I’ve recently tried 1Rebel and Another Space and I can’t wait to go back.

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Reshaping at 1Rebel

1Rebel has been on my radar for a while now – they’re a no contract, ‘pay-as-you-train’ boutique gym. They have two gyms, both located in the city, each offering three types of classes. Reshape, Ride and Rumble. They’re all high intensity fitness classes which will put your usual routine to shame.

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I’ve been following Kayla Itsiness guide for about two years now and I’m looking to shake things up a little bit. I booked myself into a Full Body Reshape class one day after work – You’re given you own workout station complete with dumbbells, resistance bands and a medicine ball plus a treadmill. Our instructor, Kelly, brought all the newbies over and explained how to class worked. If you ever find yourself running aimlessly on a treadmill or staring at the weights section in complete confusion this class is definitely for you.

You spend you time doing interval sprints – each time upping the gradient and speed, and then hoping onto the workout station doing a range of weighted exercises from squats, chest presses, push ups and v-sits.

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They use Woodway treadmills which help you give you a more intense workout whilst being super comfortable on your joints to help you go that little bit faster. All the weights you need are under the bench station so there’s no back and forth to gather weights and your instructor will tell you how heavy you need to lift.

It’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as its best – there’s hardly any time to think about how much pain you’re in as you switch between the treadmills and weights. I go to the gym about 5 times a week and consider myself to be pretty fit, but this class completely took it out of me. It’s not for the faint-hearted.

You can refuel at the Roots & Bulbs for cold pressed juices and smoothies. On Friday evenings you can ever get prosecco – talk about balance. If you decide to squeeze a class in at lunch you’ll also get a free smoothie.

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The changing rooms at 1Rebel are incredible – they have the trendiest changing area that I have ever seen. All lockers are a glittering copper tone with heated benches and GHD hair straighteners and skin care products galore.

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It is £20 a session and that’s a lot to spend on a class and something I can’t justify on a regular basis. I’d definitely recommend checking it out but it’s the perfect special occasion gym.

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1Rebel, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS