London's 6 best free fitness classes
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London is expensive, everyone knows that. But living here gets especially pricey if you want to get on top of your fitness regime. And let’s face it, as students, most of us don’t have £30 or more to spare every month. So do yourself (and your bank account) a solid and go check these free classes out. Not only will you get fit at no costs, but we guarantee that calorie-burning won’t get any better than this.
Sweaty Betty's in store classes
Sweaty Betty is on a mission: empowering women through sport (and Instagram worthy sport gear). They also have a “Get fit 4 free” initiative where, every week, they give people the opportunity to pick one of their in-store classes. You can join them for sports ranging from boxing to yoga in one of their London locations : Battersea, Kings Road, Soho, Shoreditch, Muswell Hill, Islington, Fulham, Richmond, Marylebone, Hampstead, Kensington, Kingston, Chiswick or Canary Warf/Cabot Place.
They let you book up to a week in advance, but you should probably do it earlier rather than later as it usually books up fast. You just need to sign-up and become a card-carrying member (also free) to be able to participate. Be sure to check out the class timetables on their site, here.
LuluLemon's Yoga and Run Club
Like Sweaty Betty, Lululemon gives people the opportunity to participate in their yoga course every Sunday from 10:30am with a qualified instructor. However, you should probably get there earlier as there is often a long queue for mat space. Promise, the class is well worth sacrificing your Sunday lie-in ! If yoga is not your thing (or if you want to sleep-in) LuluLemon also organizes a Run Club every Wednesday from 6:15pm. All levels are welcome as you choose your own pace during the run. Oh and they even let you leave your belongings in the store. Be sure to check out their website for more information.
Run Dem Crew
For all the cool kids out there, RDC is much more than just a running club. It is a very close-knit and supportive community where you will roam the different parts of London. It was formed in 2007 by the poet, writer and DJ Charlie Dark. They cater to different paces and abilities with their five groups from the complete beginners (or Tortoises as they named them) to the more expert runners. Run Dem Crew also celebrates the urban diversity around the 1948 space with post-run workshops, films, and talks for the fitness crazies out there. Check out their website for more information on how to join RDC season 16.
Those who are willing to sacrifice their Sunday lie-in for a workout of death will definitely love this one. It is particularly suited for the more dedicated sportsmen/women, but anyone can, and should, head to one of the FitHubs in London to get the best of training, advice and equipment. From Zumba in Kings Cross to MMA training in Covent Garden, be sure to check out the events and times on their website. There are also FitHubs in Bromley, Richmond and Bluewater.
Nike+ Running club
While the Nike+ Training Club app is free, you can also go to their running club to meet new people and have a real trainer with you. They are one of the biggest running clubs in London and are really great to help you progress as the pack-mentality helps keep you motivated. The Nike+ Running Clubs leave from five different locations in London including London Niketown, Bluewater, Covent Garden, Westfield Stratford, and Westfield London. All of the different locations offer different distances and paces that will suit the complete beginner to the most experienced runner. Be sure to check out the times on their Facebook page.
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Sometimes, running can get lonely. Luckily for us, retailer Sweatshop organizes a 5K run every week that is open to anyone and everyone. They even have a back marker pacer on their runs so no one gets left behind, which is great for those just dipping their feet in the fitness world. The Sweatshop Running Club is a great and supportive community for those who find it hard to run alone and stay motivated. You are even rewarded for your loyalty to the group and can earn anything from one of their sweatshirts to a pair of running shoes (worth £100) after your 50th week ! How amazing is that ? They have locations pretty much anywhere in London so go find and join your run on their website.