London's Top New Studios Launching in 2018...
With what seemed to be like a new London studio opening every week in 2017, you'd think we'd be all studio-d out, right? WRONG! With plenty more in the pipeline for 2018, here's just a few of the top ones you're gonna wanna check out.... Don't say I didn't warn you!
Another Space, Bank
|A_S post yoga bridging|
Set to open this January on 40 Coleman St, just 2 mins walk from Bank station, this will be the second boutique concept studio from Another Space. Similar to the 'first' space in Covent Garden, the specialist studio will bring you the best Cycling, HIIT and Yoga classes in the city. Having already heard yoga GURU Chris Magee will be taking a few classes, I've got my fingers crossed that boxing HIIT fav Jamie Ray will also be making an appearance. Yet I needn't worry if not, another absolute FAV has just completed her AS Boxing HIIT training and will be featuring on the timetable VERY VERY soon. All will be revealed in due course! :-)
Define, Oxford Circus
|With the insane machine that is Ashley Yeater|
Having spent the last year building her Define empire around London, ex Broadway star Ashley Yeater is definitely NOT a newbie to the fitness scene, but with her brand new studio opening this year just behind Oxford Street in Central London, she’s about to take her barre based class concept to a whole new level! Expect a total body workout using light weights but with lots of reps, pulses, and the occasional opportunity to write “I LOVE ASHLEY’ on the wall using your toe. You can’t make this stuff up!
Set to open in February, with a range of barre, mat and stretch based classes on offer, in addition to a weekly run club from one of my favourite Courteney Fearon, this place may be about to become my new second home!
Read about my first ever Define class here
Read about my first visit to Blok here...
Third Space, City
Anyone who follows me on Insta will know Third Space is more like my first space and now, with four sites (Soho, Marylebone, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf), London's premier gym group is about to make a fifth addition to the portfolio.
One of the few fitness venues to offer both a fully equipped gym AND incredible classes, keep a look out for my favorites Sweat X, Afterburner, Speed Fiends and the brand new class concept WOD (Workout of The Day) - specially designed by Lead Trainer Luke Baden. With the company having invested more than £50m in two new sites for 2018 (the second to open in Islington later in the year), needless to say no corners have been cut, and the City venue is set to feature a full length swimming pool, members lounge and even a cryotherapy chamber...
DigMe, Rathbone Square
From what began with a single studio in Richmond, it's no surprise the boutique fitness studio has no quadrupled in size, now with studios in Oxford, Moorgate and Blackfriars. And now, a little heads up - a FIFTH new studio, situated in Rathbone Sq, due to open April/May. A five minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Station, whilst the build has still to begin (meaning exact details are still sketchy), they've confirmed it will indeed offer both their signature class concepts : Ride and Matrix.
Ride, an indoor cycling class performed on top notch Keiser M3i bikes, focuses on wattage and allowing you to track and measure your data. Meanwhile, Matrix provides an intense full body workout featuring Technogym SkillMill treadmills, kettlebells, TRX's and bodyweight movements. One things for sure, after working up THAT sort of a sweat your gonna need to take a visit to THOSE luxury changing room and shower facilities afterwards!!
|That time we did 3 Barry's classes in one morning, finishing with food and drink and the soon to launch Victoria studio|
I mean, does this place even need an introduction? One of the originals, and still one of the best! Expect red lights, loud music heavy weights, lots of reps, oh, and did I mention interval sprints and hill climbs on the treadmills? It could only be Barry's! Adding to the Barry's existing Euston, Queensway and Shoreditch portfolio, now catering for the Southerners is the brand new studio set to open later this month just off Sloane St, SW1. Admittedly, when I was given the grand tour a few months back the 'new studio' was still a lot of rubble, but even from that I could tell it's gonna be pretty popular. Get those booking reminders in your phone, pronto!
Read about my first experience at Barry's (wayyyyy back in 2015!) here...
Outrivals, Old St
OK, so this isn't a NEW studio as such, just a rebranding as of Monday 8th Jan. And when you set about improving what was already a pretty amazing studio, that can only lead to even more fitness fun!! Sorry (not sorry).
Genuinely though, situated just off Old St roundabout as what used to be 'FitMiBody', this small group personal training studio focuses on a specialist, personal approach. With classes being kept to a maximum of 10 people, they allow for an affordable way to be exposed to all the benefits of your own personal trainer, without breaking the bank. Not only do you also benefit from the enjoyment of working out with others, but with the classes being designed to a four week program, starting with stamina, then build, into power and finally challenge, the progressive and focused nature of the workouts keep you going back for more!
If you're heading along, I'd highly recommend checking out any of Lewis's classes - just be prepared, he won't let you off lightly！
BXR x Selfridges, Oxford St
When one of London's most premium studios joins forces with one of London's most premium department stores, you know pretty epic things are going to happen! Launching on 1st February as part of their Lamyland campaign, Selfridges and BXR have collaborated with renowned artist, creative director and producer - Michele Lamy - to create a fully functioning boxing gym in the lower ground floor of the store. With 45 minute group classes splitting high intensity rounds of boxing on the bags, alongside strength and conditioning work on the boxes, you'll be sure to get a head to toe workout that will leave you gasping for more! So you better get there quick, the pop up is only around till 28th of Feb! Booking is already open at https://www.bxrlondon.com/selfridges/
Read more about my boxing experience at BXR here
1 Rebel, MULTIPLE!
Finally, leading the pack of them all, it's 1 Rebel, who are set to open not just one, but FOUR new studios in the first half of 2018 - with even more on the agenda for the latter part of the year! To add to their current St Mary's Axe and Broadgate portfolio, first up on the agenda will be Southbank to open this month - and rumors have it another two at Victoria and Bayswater (hmmmm, sound familiar targets?!).
With the company having raised £6.6m in funding, you can be sure as the hell the top notch "industrial-luxe" studio design will be maintained throughout. A selection of London's top instructors will be on board taking their three signature class concepts - Ride, Rumble and Reshape - meaning there's something for everyone. And of course, no blurb on 1 Rebel would be complete without mentioning the incredible Kim Ngo - if you haven't yet tried a Savage Sunday with this girl, where have you been?!
Read about Ride at 1Rebel here...
What dya think - enough to keep you busy?!