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London’s best alternative fitness classes

From wrestling and circus skills to litter-picking and disco yoga, shake up your exercise regime at one of London’s best alternative fitness classes

By Isabelle Aron, Kate Lloyd and Ellie Walker-Arnott

Pounding the treadmill in the gym isn't for everyone and it’s definitely not the only way to keep active. In fact, raising your heartrate and getting a sweat on doesn't have to be boring or repetitive, especially when there are so many unique ways of working out in London. Whether you fancy wrestling, hula-hooping, trampolining, kayaking, pole-dancing or disco-yoga, we’ve rounded up some of the best alternative fitness in London.

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Alternative fitness in London

21. Party on a bike

Low lights, powerful sound system, lots of sweat. Sounds like a club, right? Well you'd be wrong because it’s actually what you can expect at a Boom Cycle ride. With high energy music and instructors encouraging you as you cycle, you’re in for a fun, full body workout.

Various locations. £18 per ride.

22. Follow the sunshine

Sport and fitness Cycling Shepherd’s Bush

Looking for a way to exercise that keeps you attuned to the earth? FirstLight classes let you cycle while following the journey of the sun – from morning, noon to sunset. A virtual simulation is displayed on a 30ft mirror at the front of the studio, which tracks the sun as it crosses locations from Dubai to Rio. The studios sun light simulation technology is designed to boost your physical and mental health, and naturally optimise your performance.

Westfield London, W12. £20 per class, pay monthly contracts also available.


23. Really perfect your downward dog

As other animal friendly classes like goat or cat yoga become popular, it only makes sense for man's best friend to be the star of the latest yoga trend. Dog yoga, or Doga, relies on the natural connection between you and your dog. Sessions can help you both de-stress, releasing any tension or anxiety, allowing your dog to socialise more with other dogs.

The Stratford Hotel, E20. From £25.

24. Stimulate your senses

Sport and fitness City of London

FLY LDN stands out from other yoga and Pilates studios thanks to a giant screen across one wall, beaming out cinematic visuals to transport you from central London to an Alpine forest or vast ocean as you move between poses. The immersive wellness class creates a multi-sensory experience taking users far away from their busy city-dwelling lives.

FLY LDN, EC3A. From £17.

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