Fitness / 18.11.2016

Try before Christmas: 6 fitness classes with a difference

By Camilla Allen
The most fun you'll ever have working out

Worried about getting out of shape over Christmas? In the latest December/January healthy, we’ve put together a Christmas insurance plan – goodness-packed meals to help you eat right over the festive period. To extend on that, we’ve explored in this post how to complement your healthy eating with fun-packed, unique classes that get you in the mood for festivity.

READ MORE: The yoga workout to keep you motivated this winter

As we know, exercise is a great way to boost energy and relieve stress (handy, with all that seasonal angst borne from present buying and pleasing your relatives!). Keeping fit is also proven to improve sleep quality and help you to keep off those unwanted pounds without having to wave goodbye to your favourite festive treats – don’t fret, mince pies are still on the menu!

These classes are guaranteed to help you stay on track, leaving you feeling fit and fabulous for all those seasonal parties up until Christmas day. Below, we’ve rounded up six of the funnest fitness classes to make time for:

1) Hydro with Virgin Active


Finding the treadmill tedious? Want to dump the dumbbells? It’s time to take to the water for Virgin Active’s new swimming-based fitness class: Hydro.

This one-hour class is guaranteed to shake-up your swim workout while ensuring that your time in the pool is just as enjoyable as it is challenging. It is perfect if you wish to tone up, build strength and improve endurance.

Click here to find out which Hydro class is nearest you.

2) Disco Yoga

Yes, you read that right. Somebody has, indeed, had the ingenious idea to combine two of life’s most pleasing pastimes: yoga and…boogying.

This brand new yoga class is perfect for those of you who love to train – and party – hard. Uniting disco lovers, and yoga aficionados, this class is guaranteed to get you moving, laughing, and connecting with like-minded, fun-loving people.

And there’s more… the ticket price includes 1 free post-class, disco-themed cocktail or mocktail – hurrah!

If this sounds like your kind of fitness class, get hunting for your glitter and check out the details – click here to book.

3) barreASANA with Barrecore


barreASANA is designed to push you physically and mentally while you flow through each strengthening pose. This class incorporates high intensity, low-impact fat-burning moves with a range of static stretches.

It may be a fast-paced class – tightening your core, arms and legs – but you’ll be able to workout to an uplifting blend of hip hop, rock, reggae, and chilled out tunes. Before long, you’ll be feeling stretched, lengthened, and mentally balanced enough to take on the rest of your day.

Book your first class here.


FLEX15 is a 15 minute high-intensity work out that will encourage you to up your game in those few precious minutes. Beginning with a 2 minute warm up, followed by 12 minutes of intense interval training, this class is ideal for those of you who are constantly on-the-go but are looking for a short, intense workout to keep you energised.

Find out more about the brand new FLEX15 workout, available to book from November 23, here.

5) Aerial Hoop with Flying Fantastic


Take to the sky with Flying Fantastic’s Aerial Hoop class. Suspended by a circular steel hoop rigged up to the ceiling, you will have the freedom to perform dynamic spins, swing and tricks while building strength and improving flexibility. This small class (a maximum of 7 people) ensures that you get all the attention you need.

You can attend drop-in classes in Farringdon and Battersea – click here to book.

6) Hula Class with Hulafit

The ethos of this class is great: keep fit by having fun. With classes booking up quickly, you had better claim your hoop fast to get spinning. It may seem like a simple piece of equipment, but the humble hoop is in fact ideal for developing core strength, coordination and burning calories.

So, at just £6 per class, why not head to Kennington, Camberwell, Hackney or Kings Cross to get your hula on? Click here to book.

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Try before Christmas: 6 fitness classes with a difference
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