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Fit goals: where to break a sweat in London this January

Matilda Egere-Cooper

 Get your fit on this month with our round-up of fun classes and workouts taking place around the capital.


The Rabble sessions are a flashback to the good ol' school days when exercise was disguised as British Bulldog, Capture the Flag and whatever games your PE teacher had up their sleeves to keep you fit (before uni disrespected your health and your waistline). Expect fun times aplenty and all of the nostalgia.

Date: Every week from January 4 (Monday–Sunday).

Length: One hour.

Cost: £5 for the first trial class, £10 afterwards.


Outdoor locations include Hyde Park, Shoreditch Park, Clapham Common, Finsbury Park, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park in Waterloo and King's Cross Basketball Courts.

Project Awesome

If cash is a bit tight after the Christmas splurge, you might want to try Project Awesome – a new free and friendly fitness movement for early risers who want to start off the day with a bang. They pull in an average 50-100 people per session too, so they're clearly doing something right.

Date: From January 4, Wednesdays (City Hall) and Fridays (Primose Hill) at 6.30am.

Length: 45 minutes. 

Cost: FREE.


Parkour Generations

Parkour Roots

Parkour isn’t just for extremely agile folk who jump over rooftops, play stunt doubles in Hollywood films and have an appetite for danger. The urban discipline is open to anyone willing to give it a go – but if you want to know how it all began, this new outdoor fitness class for all levels will cover its humble origins.

Date: January 5 (7-9pm).

Length: 2 hours.

Cost: £15.


Meetup point: Oval tube station, SE11 4PP.

German Gymnasium

Sunday workouts at German Gymnasium

This Grade II-listed former gymnasium-turned-restaurant is returning to its roots with weekly outdoor workouts just in time for your NY resolutions. It's staying loyal to its Victorian heritage too – along with boxing and bodyweight workouts, the high energy classes will include ‘Indian club swinging’ – a rhythmic, upper-body sport that was all the rage back in 1866.

Date: Every fortnight from January 10 (10am).

Length: One hour.

Cost: £15.


1 Pancras Square, London N1C 4BU.

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Cancer Research UK Winter Run

A charity run that includes snow zones and polar bear hugs can only be a good thing. Scratch that – a great thing. Get your New Year off to a strong start with this fun, no-pressure jaunt around Central London.

Date: January 31 (noon).

Cost: £41.


Have a look at our guide to health and fitness in London

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