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Happy New Year everyone – if you’re reading this, it’s time to put down the Ferrero Rocher. You’re not the first, and you certainly won’t be the last person avoiding hitting the dreaded treadmill. So, we decided to do a little research that may just entice you to get back in to the swing of things. Here at USPAAH, we’re ready to start 2018 a little differently to last… Keep reading for best alternative fitness classes in London!

Aerial Hoop with Flying Fantastic

Flying Fantastic

When we first saw Aerial, we imagined a Disney princess themed class and what a class that could have been… Reality check: The aerial hoop is a circular steel apparatus rigged from the ceiling, designed to enable you to perform dynamic tricks, swings, spins and more. Great for building strength, and increasing flexibility (thank us later;)), this full body workout will strengthen your core muscles and upper body strength like no other classes out there. We dare you to try it.

House of Voga

House of Voga

Described as “The haute couture of fitness”, and we couldn’t agree more. House of Voga is the brainchild of set designer Juliet Murrell, who qualified as a yoga instructor to restore her energy levels after a bout of bad health. Merging Yoga and the revolutionary Voguing dance style, Voga is the one for you if you enjoy yoga but want a cardio workout too. Did someone say Paris Is Burning? Fitness has never felt so fabulous!

Float Fit


As you’ve probably heard, HIIT classes and workouts can be the most beneficial as not only are they quick but they work wonders for the waistline. FloatFit classes take the concept of HIIT and add all the fun and slippery stuff to the mix – (we’re talking water boards and a pool guys!). There are over 1,500 FloatFit instructors worldwide, and plenty of places to try out classes in London. Go for HIIT for a full body workout, or Float Fit Yoga if you’re wanting a more chilled entrance to exercise this January.

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Okay so this one… you’re going to FEEL it. If you want to feel the burn then go for this class and break your barriers, we did… we almost cried BUT the accomplishment we felt afterwards was through the roof! Prepare for 45 minutes of mental and physical intensity, with back to back sets of weighted squats, lunges and more, alongside running sessions on the latest Woodway 4Front treadmills. Prepare to push your body to limits you didn’t know existed, and then treat yourself to their Roots & Bulbs’ cold-pressed juice bar.

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Are you getting a bit fed up with the same old gym routine and juice diet, and wondering how to take your wellness to the next level. We know we are… So we did some research and it turns out that the one thing that makes a big difference in achieving your weight loss goals, is actually one-on-one counselling from a professional nutritionist, or a personal trainer.

Thankfully, London has no shortage of private fitness instructors –  world-class experts, and we’ve chosen the best ones in Chelsea, City, Notting Hill, North and East London and beyond.

1. UP – Ultimate Performance 

Source: Ultimate Performance official website

Ultimate Performance was founded in 2009 by world-leading personal trainer Nick Mitchell. They forged a reputation with their mantra “maximum results, minimum time” and now have seven elite PT gyms in London. U.P. are often hailed as London’s best personal trainers and Men’s Fitness Magazine described them as “The Goldman Sachs, Real Madrid and Apple of Personal Training”

2. Duo, Chelsea

duo chelsea personal trainers

Source: Duo Chelsea official website

With a number of personal trainers and nutritionists, your goals are sure to be met in this Chelsea personal training studio. The concept of ‘body mapping’ has been developed here to help you understand and track your progress. The ‘Lean Machine’ recipe book app can be downloaded to your phone for free to help the weight loss process. Mention USPAAH for a special introductory discount.

3. Roar Fitness

Source: official website

Founded by 3 x Olympian Sarah Lindsay and UK’s leading body transformation specialist Rich Phillipps, Roar Fitness is the only London personal training company able to offer its clients an Olympic training experience like no other in its field. They offer a range of personal training, nutrition and therapy services, as well as online and in-person classes.

After a good workout session try deep tissue massage – Perfect if you suffer from sore muscles, neck, leg, lower back pain. It gives your body a deep muscle recovery.

4. PGPT – Peter Gaffney Personal Training

Source: Peter Gaffney official website

For the last 15 years the team at PGPT have been amongst London’s best personal trainers. Helping Royals, Politicians, and Chief Execs get into peak physical condition and feel fitter without wasting their time, energy, or resources. One of the unique benefits of PGPT is that they are a mobile personal training company that comes to you. The team has over 60,000 hours of in-person and online personal training sessions, and is delivering incredible body transformations all across North-West London and beyond.

5. Power Vibe, Notting Hill


This fitness studio, placed in the heart of Notting Hill offers a wide range of fitness classes as well as an impressive personal trainer programme. Sessions start from £55 and can be booked in blocks of up to 20 to keep track your progress and development. Having now been open for over a decade, Power Vibe have developed an impressive reputation for achieving results and having a family like atmosphere.

6. Matt Roberts, City

Source: Matt Roberts Official website

It’s never been easier to focus on your results and with a trainer that can produce a plan bespoke to you, there are no excuses. Just 5 minutes from Liverpool Street Station, this studio is central perfect for those working in central London. The city team are especially equipped to deal with the stresses and strains of high intensity working life. They also have studios in Mayfair and Kensington.

7. StrongHer, East London

Source: StrongHer official website

StrongHer is London’s first female-only strength training where they offer Olympic lifting, strength and conditioning and personal training for all ages, levels and abilities. They also offer group classes from their studio space in East London.

Private Yoga or Pilates Instructor

Bring the zen to your home. Save yourself the commute to the yoga studio – book a personal and private yoga or pilates experience at home.

Private home yoga instructors are deemed to have a better understanding of your unique needs – as not all of us are blessed with flexibility. The main goal is to improve your overall physical condition and also boost your mental health, too. A private yoga teacher will help you do that, in the comfort of your home.

Private pilates instructors will work more on toning your body, and helping you gradually work towards strengthening your core and major muscles. This is more about stability, balance and endurance.

Book your private yoga or pilates session online or via the USPAAH app. For £15 off your first session use the code YOGA15 at checkout.

Massage and sport go hand in hand to boost overall well-being. By incorporating both into your fitness routine, you’ll boost circulation, recover faster and be able to reach your goals easier. To book a Deep Muscle Recovery massage in the comfort of your home, simply download the app or book online.