beauty spa, personal training and an aerobics studio that offers a broad array of fitness classes. Please note that the Jumeirah Carlton Tower will be closed for re- furbishment this year with a scheduled reopening date of summer 2020. Te Peak Health Club will also be revamped, including the addition of a brand new health and beauty spa, so it should be better than ever upon its grand opening. Barrecore,, was founded in London in 2011 by celebrity trainer Niki Rein and offers its brand of barre fitness classes in their trademark boutique setting. As explained on their website, “Barrecore is intelligent exercise, integrat- ing the fat-burning format of interval training, to exhaust each major muscle group, with static stretches which lengthen your muscles and offer relief. Tis combination of exercises effectively, efficiently and safely reshapes the entire body, creating the highly-coveted barre body.” Barrecore now has studios across London including in Chelsea, Mayfair, Notting Hill, Kensington and Hampstead. From the outset, you will really feel the burn in these classes and with consistency the results delivered will be as written on the tin!


For those of you looking to get in shape and are looking to avoid the expense involved with joining a gym, hiring a per- sonal trainer or attending pay as you go classes, there are sev- eral free options available in the capital.

National Health Service (NHS), The NHS provides a virtual goldmine of information about fitness on their web- site. They offer fitness guides, videos and podcasts that provide instruction in fitness studio exercise, aerobic exercise, strength and resistance training, pilates and yoga. My favourite offering is the Couch to 5K podcast. This nine-week programme is de- signed to train beginners to gradually build up their running ability so they can eventually run 5km without stopping. One podcast is made available each week so that you can listen as you run, with it telling you specifically when to run, walk and rest – it’s like having your own personal trainer without the cost.

Lululemon, Lululemon stores across the UK host free yoga classes and other fun fitness and social events on a weekly basis. Lululemon’s free yoga classes are made all the more enticing by offering specific classes in different types

of yoga for differing abilities. These options include classes for families, men only and even for couples. The classes range from beginner to advanced, as well as for different types of yoga, including those that emphasise certain postures. In addi- tion to yoga, there are other free fitness classes including run clubs, spinning classes, retreats and various social events, some for families and women only, in their respective communities.

Sweaty Betty Free in-store classes in and around London and the UK are offered at Sweaty Betty, with everything from yoga to high-intensity interval training to barre. Check the website for specific details at a store near you.

The Royal Parks, Royal Parks is or- ganised as a charity that makes London parks accessible to all and is led by a board of trustees. Visit the website to learn more about the 5,000 acres of historic parkland right in the heart of the capital and explore the many running and walk- ing trails and other no-cost exercise opportunities they have to offer.

You will really feel the burn in these classes and with consistency, the results delivered will be as written on the tin! FOCUS The Magazine 11

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