Outdoor spinning and bootcamp in the park: the best al fresco fitness classes
s summer arrives and temperatures start to soar there’s no better time for some al fresco fitness fun.
And despite finally reopening their doors, a number of London’s top studios are continuing to offer outdoor group training in parks and green spaces around the capital.
From open-air spinning to bootcamp-style training and stand-up paddleboarding, we’ve picked the best outdoor classes to get those endorphins pumping.
Outdoor silent disco spinning
Let off steam at one of static’s 45-minute outdoor spin classes at Embassy Gardens in south London (pictured above). Classes will run six days a week throughout summer and are released on a weekly basis. Clip in and tune out.
Price: £20/class (includes use of bike, headphones, shoes and tunes).
Where: Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms.
SoulCycle Outside at Selfridges
Offering more open-air spin, SoulCycle disciples will be please to know the brand has opened its first outdoor studio in the UK at Selfridges, just off Oxford Street. SoulCycle instructors are hosting a daily schedule of 45-minute workouts, and riders receive silent disco-style headphones to listen to the beat for the duration of the class.
Where: Selfridges, Edward Mews (400 Oxford Street).
As well as relaunched in-studio classes, BXR is also still holding 45-minute PARKS classes in Marylebone. Choose from SweatBOX or Strength and Conditioning.
Price: £20/session or £100/6 sessions.
Where: Paddington Gardens.
Over in Victoria Park, Victus Soul is serving up 50-minute sessions of cardio (expect plenty of running intervals) or boxing drills combined with bodyweight strength training. Classes run Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Price: £10 /session, £40/5 sessions or £70/10 sessions.
Military Fit with BMF
Military Fit is a 60-minute military-style training workout that incorporates elements of cardio and strength to improve fitness, power and speed. Classes are open to all abilities – don’t be afraid to get sweaty, the results will be worth it.
Price: 7-day trial for £7, from £14.99/class or monthly £61.99/month.
Where: various locations, including Hyde Park, Battersea Park and Richmond Park.
Stand Up Paddleboarding with Active 360
Take to the waters with a spot of paddleboarding – it will test your balance and strength and help you build a rock-hard core. Classes begin with land-based training before you hit the Thames to perfect your technique . Choose from either private lessons or group classes.
Price: from £59/group sessions or £79/private classes (including all equipment hire).
Where: various locations, including Kew Bridge, Paddington, Brentford and Richmond.
LDN MUMS FITNESS
Sarah Campus, a PT and nutrition coach specialising in pregnancy and post-partum fitness, set up LDN MUMS FITNESS to offer new lockdown mums a safe space to get back into exercise. She offers group training and PT sessions outdoors as well as on-demand classes and Zoom PTs for new mums who prefer to train from home.
Price: from £12/45-minute class.
Where: Ravenscourt Park and Chiswick House & Gardens.
David Lloyd outdoor fitness
David Lloyd has expanded its class offering to include a number of outdoor sessions in its open-air spaces. There will be yoga, Pilates, group cycling and Battlebox, the outdoor bootcamp-style class set in a dedicated outdoor training zone. Tennis and personal training is also available, as is swimming in the outdoor pools.
Price: memberships vary between £50 and £150.
Where: various London clubs.
Burn up to 600 calories in a single bootcamp class with Swift Fitness which resume today. The feel-good workouts vary daily to keep you on your toes but a typical session includes fat-torching intervals, calorie-blasting circuits and team games that will leave you on a high.
Price: 7-day free trial, £12/session or £49/month.
Where: various locations including Highbury Fields, London Bridge, Clapham Common, Fulham and Parsons Green.
Regain your post-natal fitness with the expert team at BuggyFit, the UK’s largest buggy workout network for mums and babies. The hour-long sessions include a power walk to get your heart pumping, followed by low-impact muscle-focused exercises to gradually build back up your strength post-baby.
Price: £10/class or £85 for 10 sessions with a Buggyfit loyalty card.
Where: various locations across UK, including Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.
POD Fitness offers small group personal training sessions for up to five people at a time. Choose from a 35-minute HIIT sesh, 45 minutes of cardio and resistance circuits or an hour of kickboxing, strength training or stretching. Each session is suitable to all levels and PTs make adjustments for each individual.
Price: 7-day trial for £47 or £35/class.
Where: Ravenscourt Park and Furnivall Gardens (SW6).
Fearsome Running with Be Fearsome
Want to brush up on your running technique? Book into one of Be Fearsome’s 45-minute group classes which combine running drills, interval and endurance training, alongside strength and conditioning exercises designed to make you a more efficient and speedier runner. Be Fearsome bootcamp and circuits classes are also available.
Price: free trial, £12.50/session or £59/month.
Where: Hyde Park and Battersea Park.
Park HIIT Bootcamp with Train Dirty London
Train Dirty London combines high-intensity interval training with bootcamp-style exercises in 45-minute classes which will fire up your metabolism and burn fat fast. Classes typically have between 7-10 people per trainer and go ahead regardless of the weather. Expect to improve your cardio fitness while building lean muscle.
Price: from £12.50/class (drop-in)
Where: various London locations including Shoreditch Park, London Fields, Hackney Downs, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common.
Yoga with BayLeaf Yoga
Find your zen with a 60-minute outdoor hatha yoga flow with BayLeaf Yoga. Classes are suitable to all levels and are open to up to six yogis at a time. Sessions include meditation, pranayama (breathwork) and asana (postures) – you’ll leave energised and with improved balance and flexibility.
Price: £10/class or from £55/month.
HIIT with One Element
One Element’s high intensity sessions combine 40 minutes of cardio followed by core training and stretching to give you a thorough full-body workout. Expect to be pushed to your limits, leaving you feeling stronger, more empowered and ready for a shower.
Price: free trial session, £15/class or £39/month.
Where: Clapham Common, Twickenham Green, Wimbledon Park and Tooting Common.