Keeping fit needn’t cost a fortune in the form a year-long expensive gym membership. Thanks to free classes and trial sessions popping up across the country, your wallet can take a sigh of relief while your body get lean!
Yogis in-the-know have long been a fixture at Lululemon’s 11am Sunday morning classes, which pop up each week in their stores and showrooms across the city. With guest teachers changing each week expect to try everything from relaxing yin to invigorating disco yoga. Not into downward dogs? The Kings Road and Covent Garden stores offer a complimentary run club every Saturday.
Sweaty Betty Get Fit 4 Free
Sign up for a complimentary Sweaty Betty membership card and get unlimited access to an array of classes hosted by your areas top fitness experts. Available in all forty stores nationwide, try everything from circuit training to HIIT, yoga and pilates – simply book your mat online.
Tennis For Free
Inspired by the recent Australian Open or keen to get ready for Wimbledon? Tennis For Free has a list of public courts across the country, providing ‘walk on and play access’for aspiring Andy Murray’s everywhere. The site also works with local tennis coaches to provide free weekly family-orientated sessions for anyone keen to learn.
Nike+ Training Club
Popping up in flagship stores and across parks nationwide is Nike’s Training Club offering an array of free classes and run clubs exclusively for women.Held on a weekly basis, there’s run clubs, interval and strength training, plus yoga to choose from. Unable to make it to one of these locations? Then download the smart phone app instead.
Asics Running Club
If you long to take up running but are scared to go alone, then look to Asic’s hour-long clubs which meet at their Oxford Street store at 6.30pm. Classes are on offer for all levels, so expect everything from a beginner session each Monday to interval training on Tuesday.
Always wanted to try reformer pilates but unsure if it’s for you? Well you’re in luck, a favourite amongst the fitness set, Heartcore offers the most dynamic sessions in town and first-timers can try a complimentary session at one of their seven London studios.
Reebok Functional Fitness
Head to Reebok in Covent Garden every Sunday for a free session that is guaranteed to make you sweat. Offering only seven places per class, expect plenty of squats, burpees and free weights under the constant watch of a Personal Trainer.
London’s coolest new gym offers all first-timers a free taster of their carefully curated workouts. Try Reshape for an intense class which mixes treadmills with strength training, or Ride for spinning with a difference. With the most luxe changing rooms we’ve ever seen, plus a Roots & Bulbs filled with healthy treats, we can’t guarantee you’ll ever want to leave.
London Friday Night Skate
Don’t laugh. Staying upright on skates is great for toning the legs and core. Skip post-work drinks, grab a group of friends and a pair of skates, before heading to Hyde Park at 8pm, where a huge group of bladers can be found every week before taking the streets.
Prefer running in a group but can’t track down a friend? ParkRun organises mass, timed 5k runs in London’s leafiest parks. Take in beautiful scenery whilst gaining plenty of encouragement from other runners for a truly motivating workout. Do remember your printed registration though!
words by Harriet Tisdall