When the coronavirus chaos first struck and enforced the closure of our favourite gyms and fitness studios, the exercise industry had to get creative. Now, London’s top studios are seasoned pros at translating their in-person workouts into online classes or virtual training sessions that can be accessed anywhere. We’ve rounded up the best online fitness classes led by our favourite teachers to lift your spirits and keep those endorphins pumping.
One of London’s most popular yoga studios, with locations in Chelsea, Soho and Shoreditch, has launched a range of online fitness classes, with yoga and Pilates sessions running over Zoom every day of the week. Led by some of their best-love and most-experienced teachers, there’s a diverse selection of classes on offer, from vinyasa to ashtanga, as well as specialist pre-natal sessions and yoga for those recovering from cancer. Triyoga is also offering one-on-one treatments online, covering everything from energy healing to mind therapies and alternative medicine.
Online classes start from £9 each.
The award-winning fitness studio has taken its classes online with the launch of BlokTV, a comprehensive digital workout space combining live classes with on demand videos. With HIIT, yoga, dance and boxing all on offer, as well as different targeted workouts for mobility, strengthening and more, there really is something for everyone. In fact, with 25 different class types at hand, there truly is no excuse to not find something to get you off the sofa.
Unlimited access for £10 per month
One of the smartest boutique gym offerings in the city, Third Space has taken its expert training online, with virtual live classes and at-home workouts available. The live sessions run several times a day, whether you’re looking to kick-start your day with a cardio session at 8am or wind down with some yin yoga at 6pm, while programmed home workouts with their elite team of personal trainers can be accessed via their app. They’re also offering guided meditation sessions and online consultations with their team of experienced physiotherapists, osteopaths and nutritionists.
Classes are only available to members and membership starts from £160 per month.
As London’s first carbon-neutral boutique fitness and wellness studio, Rumble prides itself on giving back to the community, planting a tree every time someone joins them for a workout. Now they’ve taken their mission online, with a full library of on-demand filmed classes as well as live instructor-led workouts on their website;s R2TV channel , featuring everything from HIIT circuits to boxing sessions. A number of the videos are free, but you’ll need to buy a pass if you want to unlock Rumble’s full offering.
A number of Rumble classes are free; session passes start from £18
With 13 studios across London in some of the city’s smartest neighbourhoods, including Chelsea, Notting Hill and Mayfair, Barrecore has become one of the best-loved boutique barre brands since launching in 2011 – and their online fitness classes are just as tough as their studio classes. Led by expert teachers who have undergone over 200 hours of intensive barre and anatomy training, the sessions, which range from 10 to 45 minutes, promise to sculpt and tone every inch of your body by delivering a combination of isometric exercises designed to give that signature Barrecore shake. With both live classes and on demand workouts available, if your legs, abs and arms aren’t quivering uncontrollably by the end, you’re not doing it right.
On demand classes are free for the first two weeks and the first live class is also free; passes start at £6 per live class and £25 per month for on demand classes thereafter.
Spearheaded by fitness expert Louisa Drake, who trained Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham as part of celeb trainer Tracy Anderson’s elite team before opening her own studio in Fitzrovia in 2017, the Louisa Drake Method is a unique blend of resistance, conditioning, cardio and stretch designed to create a stronger and leaner physique. Her total body conditioning classes can be accessed online, where a trainer will guide you through 20 or 30-minute low impact, high intensity workouts to tone and elongate from your sitting room. The webbite offers both live classes and two versions of her class as on demand videos. It’s worth noting that they recommend investing in a pair of light hand weights and a resistance band to make the most of the workouts.
Live online classes start from £7 each and the on demand videos cost £12 for 30 days of use.
These classes have long been popular across South West London, where the inimitable Australian trainer Paola Di Lanzo has been delivering her tried and tested fusion of dynamic Pilates, ballet barre conditioning, functional training and HIIT sessions since 2015, but in response to the COVID-19 pandemic she has just announced that she will also be running live and on-demand online fitness classes. Featuring her low impact PBB Signature workout, which draws on various elements from Pilates, yoga and ballet barre conditioning, her high-energy Burn classes, interlacing elements of HIIT throughout the session, and pre-natal classes, the workouts are designed to leave you with a strong core and improved posture. If you’re after a more personal approach, the team also offers virtual PT sessions.
Live online classes start from £12 each and unlimited access to the on demand library is set at £20 per month
With over 40 studios worldwide, including one located on Marylebone High Street, Xtend Barre’s power-packed workouts combine a potent mix of cardio, Pilates and ballet fundamentals to get your heart pumping. Created by former professional dancer Andrea Rogers, the sessions feature higher intensity cardio sections than you’d expect in the average barre class and are designed to help you lose weight, sculpt lean muscle, build strength and, ultimately, stretch and point your way to a dancer’s toned physique.
Online classes are free for two weeks, plans start at £7 per month thereafter.
This Fitzrovia-based studio has been running online fitness classes ever since they first opened in 2018, to cater to their busy client base. Their barre-focused sessions take you through non-stop strengthening, toning and cardio-infused sequences, done with or without hand weights, and simply swap out the ballet barre for a sturdy piece of furniture. As well as their regular barre classes there are plans to add targeted mat-based and dance cardio sessions to their ever-growing roster of workouts.
Live classes start from £9.99 each and on demand classes start from £3.99 each
Boutique fitness brand Core Collective, which has studios in Kensington, Knightsbridge and St John’s Wood, has launched a new on-demand video streaming service, CCTV, to make sure you don’t miss out on your workouts while their studios are out of action. Offering classes across six different categories – Sweat, Train, Strength, Pilates, Yoga and Extras – each one will range from five to 45 minutes in length and be led by one of their expert fitness trainers.
Available as a pay-as-you-go monthly subscription of £10or at a discounted rate of £90 a year.
While taking a studio that predominantly focuses on spin classes online may seem a tricky task, the clever folk at Psycle have found a way around it. Making the most of the other workouts they offer, they’ve launched Psycle at Home,, with their expert trainers hosting on demand classes ranging from 45-minute Deep Burn power yoga sessions to metabolism-boosting HIIT workouts. If you’re craving the burn of a spin class, you can get an exclusive Psycle discount on Stages Cycling bikes and tune into the Ride classes from home.
Class passes start from £12 for single passes
While Digme Fitness has been forced to close all of their studios, they’ve moved their workouts online with their ‘Digme at Home,’a mix of live and on demand fitness classes hosted on their website. Led by their head of yoga, Sarah Grogan, and their lead trainer of HIIT Matrix Proposition, Ben Davie,xepect power yoga sessions, intense core workouts and HIIT blasts, all with no equipment needed.
Online classes are free for the first 21 days for new customers and subscriptions start at £9,99 per month thereafter
The fun-focused fitness brand has launched Frame Online in response to having to close their London studios, bringing their brand of joy-inducing workouts straight into your living room. Expect dance cardio classes set to feel-good playlists, yoga and mat Pilates sessions and sculpting barre workouts. While they’ll offer bodyweight options for each of their workouts, they also sell equipment in their online shop so you can create your own at-home studio.
On demand classes start at £10 per month and live classes are available in packs of 6 for £25
Famous for their gruelling workouts beloved by the Beckhams and the Kardashians, Barry’s have now taken their high intensity sessions online, with a full daily schedule of live classes being held on their website. Tune in for their sweat-inducing 30-50 minute classes, which include full body toning sessions featuring targeted sections to focus on specific body areas.
Individual passes start at £13 while at-home class membership starts at £108
Squat, lunge and plank your way into shape with 1Rebel’s at-home workouts that are sure to get your blood pumping. With 1RebelTV, the London studio has built a library of over 300 workouts taught by over 50 of their instructors, with classes ranging from 40-minute boxing sessions to 30-minute cardio bursts.
Access to classes requires a monthly subscription of £15.99 per month
The acclaimed boutique fitness studio has taken its expertly taught pilates classes online, with a particular focus on keeping members toned and energised through the lockdown. Live streamed classes, an on demand library and one-on-one sessions are all available, with the selection including a number of prenatal classes. While some require reformer machines, there are plenty of mat-only classes, too.
Classes start at £15