As COVID-19 forces the closure of some most of your favourite London studios, how can you get your fitness fix in the interim? First up, don’t forget to pause your ClassPass subscription - it is allowing current members to ‘pause’ their membership for three months, until 1st June 2020. Then whilst you wait for them to reopen in a few weeks or months, why not visit your fav studios virtually. Here are some of our top picks for London studios with burgeoning online offerings:
Barrecore’s Online Workouts are the perfect way to stay on top of your fitness during these uncertain times. Easy to stream on any device - anytime, anywhere. Their expert teachers lead you every step of the way to help you reach your fitness goals.
Offering customised workout programmes that include a beginners’ level option, a “high energy sculpt” and a focus on arms and abs, these are workouts that can really change the body!”
Online classes range from 5 to 60 minutes, and you can also filter by level, body area, teacher and eight different types of Barrecore class, with different ones incorporating elements of HIIT, yoga, Pilates, barre, and of course the signature Barrecore Method exercises.
Barrecore’s online workout platform has been listed as a top workout destination by Vogue, The Telegraph and The Independent. They offer full access to their entire library for only £25/month fee, compared to their £260 membership in the studio.
The Barrecore exercise videos require very little in the way of kit at home, though ideally you need a resistance band, inflatable ball and some grip socks.
With this link you can gain complimentary access to their full library of classes for their first two weeks: Barrecore Online Classes.
Barrecore have teamed up with TSE for a special introductory offer: 3 weeks of live classes for the price of 1 when you email firstname.lastname@example.org with the code "sportsEdit".
Core Collective - CCTV
Boutique gym Core Collective has created a series of on-demand workout videos to stream anytime, anywhere, as part of its new ‘CCTV’ offering. Encompassing the entire C/C offering and falling under 6 categories (Sweat, Train, Strength, Pilates, Yoga, Extras), clients will be able to take part in the incredibly effective and fun workouts C/C have come to be known for, with a range of durations from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.
Whether you're looking for a 20 minute Sweat, a longer 45 minute Strength class, a Power Yoga flow to start your day or to get your classic Pilates burn fix, there's something for everyone.
Core Collective has two participants in every video to show beginners through to advanced modifications so that their videos are accessible to as many people as possible.
They have filmed all the content in their studios, allowing clients to experience the inspiring aesthetic that is part of the C/C DNA.
It cost £12.99 a month, or £9.99 a month if you buy an annual subscription. Core Collective has offered customers of The Sports Edit £5 off their first month with the code THESPORTSEDIT. To redeem, follow the steps below;
- Sign up and create an account via 'GET STARTED' on the Core Collective TV website (from Monday 23rd March)
- Select to sign up to the £12.99 p/m monthly subscription
- You will need to enter your card details to do this (no payment is taken for the first 7 days)
- Once signed up, navigate to 'MY ACCOUNT'
- You will now have the option to apply a promo code to your subscription. Please enter your promo code THESPORTSEDIT to ensure your discount is applied.
- Please note, promo codes apply to your first month's payment only, you will need to cancel your Subscription to avoid further payments being taken automatically each month.
The innovative team at Hotpod Yoga have brought their signature Hotpod Flow classes online with a fully daily schedule accessible to yogis of all abilities. Their team of teachers will lead a series of online flows to help open the body, and focus intentionally on calming your heart and mind as you navigate these changing times.
Practicing yoga on a regular will help you breathe deeper, stretch further, and manage stress through mindfulness techniques. Now is the perfect time to work this in as a staple of your routine.
The flow is meticulously designed to balance active and passive postures so that you get the most out your practice. Book an a Live Online class via the HPY website or app, the same way you would book a normal class.
These classes are free. However, when booking, you have an option to make a donation of £2, £5, £10 with proceeds supporting your favourite sweaty studios and team of freelance yoga teachers.
The fine folks at FRAME are firm believers in the studio experience. Their workouts are designed you get you lost in the music and movement of exercise, allowing you to clear your mind and sweat out any stresses of the day. However, given the circumstances of self-isolation, they're offering the next best thing, FRAME ONLINE.
Termed as their "8th studio" FRAME ONLINE aims to transport you from your home to fitness studio through their variety of classes.
They've produced three genres of activity: SWEAT, SCULPT, and PARTY which are comprised of a whopping 20 classic FRAME sessions with your favourite instructors.
East London legends, BLOK, recognise fitness is an important part of one's physical and mental wellbeing. So they're taking things digital during difficult this time when community members are not able to go to studios.
To start things with a bang, BLOK have launched live stream classes in partnership with Dr. Dre, will soon launch a full digital platform they've coined as BLOKtv.
BLOKtv subscribers will have full access to on-demand and live streamed workouts from over 25 unique classes that encourage cross training. The sessions will be mostly functional fitness workouts, and will require very little equipment.
To amp up the workout even further, BLOK will be recording audio sessions with guest DJ's and musicians, and publishing a series of articles to support and engage with subscribers.
Between now and the launch of BLOKtv, they will be giving away a free BLOKtv workout everyday on their IGTV.
BARRY'S AT HOME
Until studios can safely reopen, Barry's are bringing their Red Room workouts to your living room with their schedule of "Barry's At-Home" classes. Get your hustle on in 50 minutes of high-octane workouts. The At-Home schedule offers classes suited for any home setup: whether you have weights at the ready, resistance bands, or looking for something body-weight-only.
Barry's trainers are even up for improving your running game. If you've taken up running during lockdown, or are looking for a programme to keep you on your training, try a Barry's At-Home RUN+Bodyweight class for the ultimate balance of cardio and strength.
And to keep you fuelled with nutritious and tasty meals, take some inspo from their cook-along videos on IGTV.
Love online workouts? Try our free IGTV fitness classes! You will find over 150 classes from yoga and Pilates to HIIT and strength, led by the industry's best instructors.