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HIIT it up in London: the capital's best fitness scenes

HIIT it up in London: the capital's best fitness scenes

HIIT training 101

Despite unprecedented popularity, HIIT training is not new. Having been the traditional training approach of many athletes before the hype began; it’s a cardiovascular exercise strategy that promises fast results.

You may become hooked on the rush of endorphins you experience after a session, but be aware not to take part in back-to-back HIIT training. It is important not to interrupt the body’s rebuilding process. In between HIIT training you can participate in low intensity training. It is advise to spend 24 to 48 hours resting before retraining the same muscle group.

With that in consideration, which location will you choose to sweat it all out? The London scene pumps out ever-growing experiences, it can be hard to know what to choose. So here’s a quick 101 to the most popular and most importantly, effective HIIT experiences in the London fitness scene.

 

Barry’s Bootcamp

Who are they?

Barry’s Bootcamp didn’t leak into the global market, it marched in. Boasting 39 world-wide studios beyond its roots within West Hollywood, a hefty private capital and a celebrity clientele, it’s a clear cult status go-to. Clearly detaching themselves from being another trend among the ever-expanding fitness fashions; Barry’s Bootcamp catalogue themselves as a ‘revolutionary’ scientific option. Each day incorporates a new muscle group, interchanging between these opposing groups to strike a balance between recovery and training time.

Why do it?

A quick click of the mouse and a basic video search takes you to dimmed out rooms, sweat-heavy participants and explosive soundtracks that mimic the intimidatingly high-intensity workouts. Intimidating, yes, undeniably so, but it’s this level of intimidation that provides a one-stop sweatshop burning out a staggering 1,000 calories in an hour and catapulting your fitness and physique to the next level.

Who is it for?

Regardless of the boutique fitness revolution Barry’s initially pioneered, the boot camp has gone on to extend beyond any niche market to create a lifestyle brand. It’s for this reason that the brains behind the company work to create a brand equity that welcomes people of any fitness level. With a quick social media search, this diversity is very clear and with supporting encouragement from the official site, the only reason not to try this is for fear of being pushed to your physical peak – which is something they don’t deny.  

Frame Fitness

Who are they?

‘A place to move, sweat and fuel your frame daily’,is the motto voiced by Frame Fitness. It’s this positive mantra that rings out across the lifestyle brand that seeks to inject an optimistic approach to health and fitness dividing themselves from the dull expectations of regular gym sessions. From the clean web layout with vibrant pops of colour and animated lifestyle photos to the sense of community the brand encompasses, Frame is immediately charming.

Why do it?

Their classes vary from Zen yoga to upbeat dance and weight lifting classes. However, if you’re thinking these sound all too familiar and ordinary, then you’re right. So perhaps it’s the Beyoncé and Britney workshops, drag Ru-Paul and ‘bend it like Barbie’ lessons that deviate Frame a little more from your average gym. They also boast their own academy – an opportunity for quality teacher training opportunities and an on-site fuel café where you can pick up a smoothie and browse their pick of the best fitness clothing.

Who is it for?

If you want effective HIIT training cloaked in fun, this is for you. When we are continuously reminded of the importance of fitness within our lives, Frame speaks to a majority that find the idea of fitness tedious and thus, difficult. While their drop in and pay as you go Frame Card model echoes the fast-paced lifestyle of the average Londoner offering varied classes anytime across any of their five London studios.

Psycle London

Who are they?

Psycle London is the boutique cult cycle studio with East London roots. The power of the mind, the power of the body and the power of community, this is what Psycle stands for. ‘We inspire people to lead vibrant, energetic and happy lives’. However, don’t be fooled by the almost spiritual approach that lulls you into a false sense of security. Once the lights go out, club music comes on and cyclists saddle up, prepare for an all-out HIIT experience.

Why do it?

Psycle doesn’t just offer spin classes but barre, hiit and yoga – a combination meshing flexibility and meditation with high intensity training. Their HIIT training delivers a high volume of plyometric training and maximum exertion utilising circuits with metabolic and resistance training. Expect kettle bells, TRX, body weight and calisthenics.  However, it’s the spin classes that dominate this boutique studio a club-like cycle experience that reaps results and fun.

Who is it for?

Psycle’s traditional cycle classes are for those who want all-out intensity. Injury risk is low, the pedals aren’t too technical and you can challenge your overall stamina. It’s also great fun and with music that propels you on, it’s a winning alternative to traditional HIIT.

Project Fit

Who are they?

It’s you vs. your body at Project Fit, something they like to remind you of as you’re pushed to your physical limits. Atmosphere and an optimum environment are at the centre of Project Fit’s approach. Live DJ classes and high-intensity training beneath red Soho-esque lights is a quick description of their classes.  While the gruelling workouts and painful sounding reviews speak for themselves.

Why do it?

Based on the signature concept of HIIT training, Project Fit provides a revolving door of gruelling workouts, blistering bursts on running machines and hefty body-weight sessions. From floor, to bench, to machine and back again, this innovative interval training means no class is ever the same, so leave your expectations at the door.

Who is it for?

Their ‘walker – jogger – runner’ system allows all abilities to take part but also provides a systematic framework in which you can see yourself evolve. The classes promise not to be easy and the intense visuals confirm this as your flushed skin blends beneath the red neon lights. However, if you’re a London local looking for a challenge but quick results, this is for you.

1 Rebel

Who are they?

1 Rebel are a dynamic studio that push your physical and mental capacity and take you further than you’ve ever been in your fitness journey. From cardio boxing that punches your stance and posture into shape, to kick-ass full body workouts with live music from their in-house musicians, 1 Rebel ensures you experience HIIT training at another level.

Why do it?

HIIT in different forms allows your body to not become stagnant, e.g. you have spent months getting half way to your goal and you feel as though your body just won’t budge anymore. Your body has become adjusted to your same routines and exercises, therefore switching it up with HIIT training ensures stagnation doesn’t occur. So, don’t be expecting your typical boxing class with a few jabs or a few box-jumps here and there you are in for high energy, go-go-go atmosphere from start to finish.

Who is it for?

High energy go-getters who want that extra push and added effort to their routine. This is a studio for runners, cyclists and people wanting to improve their overall stamina and health. Push yourself to the limit and take a class to build your confidence in your journey to a healthy life or to boost your endurance even more. So, take yourself to 1 Rebel to enjoy it first-hand.