Bored of lifting weights alone? Step into a Body Pump class and have fun while burning off loads of calories. Body Pump is a one-hour long fitness class based on muscle group work, choreography and weight training. Created in 1991 in New Zealand, it is now one of the most popular fitness classes in the world, found in over 10,000 health clubs and gyms worldwide.
Step into action. Bodystep is an energetic step workout set to great motivational music that’s guaranteed to get you moving. The workout combines fat-burning cardio with muscle conditioning to tone your body and it’s all set to popular tunes - making it a fun and effective way to get in to shape.
If you want to be super-fit, you can't pull your punches. Boxercise is a high-intensity exercise class that combines resistance training with aerobic exercise. Boxercise is non-contact; the emphasis is on knocking your body into shape, not knocking anyone out.
Dance your cares away. A fusion of high and low impact exercise, Carnival Slam is a Caribbean-themed fitness class inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival. Combining exercise and dance, the class encourages you to get your groove on and fight the flab at the same time.
Get fit army-style. Circuit training is an intense, full-body workout that combines resistance training with aerobic exercise. When it comes to getting lean and mean in a hurry, it's one of the most effective types of exercise programme.
Get hooked on hooping. It seems we knew the secret to a flat tummy all along -the humble hula hoop. That’s right, the long forgotten childhood pastime has made a comeback with celebrity hoopers Beyonce, Kelly Brook and even Michelle Obama taking nostalgic trips to fitness past. A great tone-up trick that’s spot on trend, you can even customise your hoop with sparkly, glitter tape.
Step it up. The Jacob’s Ladder is a cardio machine designed to give you a thorough workout without placing any strain on vulnerable joints. It can be used to work out both the upper and the lower body, increasing fitness and developing core strength – and it’s lots of fun too.
Get fighting fit. Kickboxing classes are a combination of martial arts techniques and circuit training that will strengthen and tone every muscle in your body. It’s a great way to learn self-defence, burn fat and kick your body into shape.
Get ready to mix it up. The Nalini Method combines elements of Pilates, yoga, ballet, aerobics and resistance training to create a new and dynamic workout that is all about getting results. The Method aims to help people achieve physical well-being and mental focus within a positive and energised setting.
Train with a little more brain. There was a time when only the rich and famous benefited from the knowledge and expertise of a personal trainer. These days, not only are trainers finding new and more effective techniques to make the most of your work out, but also they are becoming more flexible and affordable too. So now everyone can get in the fast lane to buff and body-beautiful.
Flex those muscles. Power Yoga was designed to make traditional Ashtanga yoga more accessible to western students. It is a vigorous, fitness-based approach that places emphasis on strength, balance and flexibility. Power Yoga is a great way to achieve core physical fitness as well as better mental focus – both of which sound good to us.
Pound the pavements and lose the pounds. Running is one of the most effective and time-efficient forms of exercise for weight loss, muscle tone and keeping your heart and lungs (not to mention your mind) in tip-top condition. Best of all, it's one of the easiest and cheapest sports to take up - all you need is a good-quality pair of running shoes and the world is at your feet.
Get caught up in the cycling cyclone. Spinning is an intense static-cycle exercise class that has swept the nation in recent years and taken up a firm position in the timetable of every self-respecting gym. It’s a sweaty, high-octane class that’ll push you to the limit in pursuit of those steely thighs and sculpted bum.
Maximise those muscles. Strength training, (also known as resistance training), isn’t just useful for those who want to build a fearsome physique – it’s also a great way to stay fit, toned and healthy. Time to pump some iron...
Mamma Mia, here we go again. Exercise can often be a daunting task, leaving you crawling home from the gym with sore legs, feeling sorry for yourself. It doesn’t have to be that way though, you can definitely have fun whilst keeping fit and the latest craze just happens to involve cheesy pop music (and neon legwarmers if you really want to).
Dive in head first. Going for a swim is a great way to tone your body and improve your general fitness, without placing too much strain on your joints. An enjoyable way to work out, swimming will help you to burn fat and get the streamlined body you’ve been dreaming of. Sounds like it’s time to start making a splash...
These boots were made for walking. Fun, free and incredibly easy to take up, walking regularly provides your body with a steady and low impact aerobic workout. More interesting than the non-changing scenery of the gym, walking in groups adds a social element and makes it feel even less like you are taking part in calorie-burning exercise.
Row like a pro. We’re all familiar with the awkward-looking rowing machines neglected in the corner of the gym, but the humble heart-friendly rower has been adapted for group exercise sessions which use natural rowing simulators. If you think that only those with the most vivid imagination could feel inspired pulling back and forth on a metal cord, picturing wind in their hair and water lapping against their oars, then think again – and try WaterCrew rowing classes.
Join the party. Zumba is the new dance craze sweeping the UK that promises to be so much fun that you won’t even realise you’re working out. Fusing hypnotic Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow moves, Zumba is a one of a kind dance class designed to burn calories and get the energy pumping round your body.