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except maybe a nightclub where everybody is
high on endorphins alone and the DJ is also
a drill sergeant: you work harder than you
would solo, which makes the higher price
worth paying. "�e facilities, camaraderie
and Insta-status are all fundamental but
secondary benefits," says Dean. "It's the
results that count."
In group classes, you're effectively timesharing
a personal trainer, which might
otherwise be prohibitively expensive. �is
works well for cardio-based pursuits where
it's less about monitoring your technique
and more about sweating
buckets. But there's also a
growing trend for personal
training in smaller groups.
Personal training gym
Six3nine in Covent Garden
charges £99 a month for
its 'Ladies �at Lift' class,
created to help women
overcome resistance to
pumping iron. Barber's
Gym, a self-consciously
and conditioning facility
in a Hackney railway arch,
offers 'buddy' personal
training for you and a friend
at £60 an hour, as opposed to £50 for the
CLOSE AND PERSONAL
�e ultimate fitness luxury, though, is your
own personal trainer. While classes can be
incredibly effective, there is, obviously, a
limit to how much they can address your
unique requirements. "A personal trainer
should deliver an experience you wouldn't
have by just going to the gym," says James
Duigan, founder of Bodyism on Westbourne
Grove, where the air is extra-oxygenated and
members include models Rosie HuntingtonWhiteley
and David Gandy.
Don't think you'll be slavishly following
their set routines, however. "We're all
individuals and need to be treated that way,"
says Duigan. "�e 'one-programme-fits-all'
mentality is nonsense." A good
personal trainer will design
a programme that fits your
circumstances - and, crucially,
make sure you stick to it.
According to Duigan, choosing
a trainer is as much about
evaluating their caring side as their
professional fitness credentials. "A
great personal trainer is someone who really
values their client's wellbeing, in all areas
and aspects," he says. "We help our clients
with issues outside the gym: we help them
to eat healthily, sleep better and stress less."
While a trainer might still be a luxury, it
helps if you consider them a life coach rather
than a mere gym instructor. Just think of the
money you'll save on therapy.
LONDON'S 10 COOLEST SWEATBOXES
Choose from spinning,
boxing or treadmill and
weights in a setting that's
as achingly cool as you'll
training in deepest
Hackney; the 'luxury' bit
comes from the quality of
US import that promises
a relentless succession of
treadmill sprints, resistance
exercises and high �ves.
West London wellness
temple housing everything
from group classes and
PT to acupuncture and
Gleaming personal training
facility in the heart of
the City. You will learn
to dread the sled track.
A collective of highly
quali�ed PTs led by trainernutritionist
based in the Claridge's gym.
Boxing studio that's "more
nightclub than �ght
club": the �rst rule is no
touching of the hair or face.
Full-body spin class that's
fashionistas - it even
opened a pop-up at
The capital's foremost
upmarket gym chain, with
sites in Soho, Marylebone,
Tower Bridge and Canary
Stylishly designed personal
training studio in Covent
Garden that also provides
small group training.
LEFT: WEST LONDON'S BODYISM.
TOP: 1REBEL'S RESHAPE STUDIO.
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