LONDON LIFE • January 2020
London has elbowed itself to the forefront of the global fitness scene, and is now known for some of the best training spots around. From high-end sweats to a luxurious reset button, Women’s Health Digital Editor Amy Lane picks her top five destinations to prime that body on your travels in the capital
The city’s first high-end boxing gym is a passion project of former unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua – who you’ll see hitting pads here on a regular basis. However, it’s the studio classes that are a real knock-out. BXR’s Climb to the Beat is the only workout class of its kind in the country – it’ll take your fat-burning and mental buzz to new heights. Then cool off in the on-site Joe and the Juice with an energising mix of raspberry, apple and banana. It’s punchy.
The definitive spin experience has finally arrived in London. Beyond the bright lights and banging dance music of most studios, this US import has a unique atmosphere. Here they describe themselves as “more than a workout, it’s a sanctuary”. The exercise rooms are candlelit and there is a focus on providing spiritual as well as physical exercise. Riders are encouraged to spur each other on and ride through whatever they’re facing because, in their words “moving your body changes your soul”.
This is the epitome of a luxurious active layover. The Lanserhof medical gym will provide you with a complete wellness MOT. You can be assessed by its Pegasus machine (pictured above) – used by astronauts, no less – to work out muscle imbalances and help you to build a tailored training plan. There is an in-house MRI scan for the most detailed body composition analysis available. You can even infuse your blood with ozone for a quick energy hit that’ll help tired frequent fliers overcome jet lag in an instant.
This is not your average end-of-day loosener. Fat Buddha’s Flex in the Sky monthly flow takes place at Landing 42 at the top of the Leadenhall Building, in the heart of the city. Starting a 18:45, it’s 75 minutes of dynamic open-level vinyasa flow with a view of London’s skyline. Whether you need to unfurl after a long-haul flight or decompress after a stressful meeting, a session here is just the tonic. Leader Jessica Skye is a DJ as well as a yogi – and bespoke mixes and playlists are created to suit every session, which you can then listen to on Soundcloud and Spotify.
When yoga just isn’t enough to bring your cortisol levels back down to Earth, it’s time to sink your stress in the spa below the Corinthia London hotel. Spread over four floors, it features 17 treatment rooms, a private spa suite, a nail studio and a thermal floor with an indoor swimming pool, vitality pool, amphitheatre sauna, ice fountain, marble-heated loungers and private sleep pods. Speaking of the private suite: it can be booked for three hours of exclusive use, where you can unwind with a partner, sampling the Rasul healing mud ritual, a healthy one-course lunch and a glass of Champagne.