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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

rough-and-ready strength

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

one-to-one sessions.

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

1REBEL

Choose from spinning,

boxing or treadmill and

weights in a setting that's

as achingly cool as you'll

feel. 1rebel.co.uk

BARBER'S GYM

No-nonsense strength

training in deepest

Hackney; the 'luxury' bit

comes from the quality of

instruction. barbersgym.com

BARRY'S BOOTCAMP

US import that promises

a relentless succession of

treadmill sprints, resistance

exercises and high �ves.

barrysbootcamp.com

BODYISM

West London wellness

temple housing everything

from group classes and

PT to acupuncture and

naturopathy. bodyism.com

EMBODY FITNESS

Gleaming personal training

facility in the heart of

the City. You will learn

to dread the sled track.

embody�tness.co.uk

FREEDOM2TRAIN

A collective of highly

quali�ed PTs led by trainernutritionist

Steve Mellor

based in the Claridge's gym.

freedom2train.com

KOBOX

Boxing studio that's "more

nightclub than �ght

club": the �rst rule is no

touching of the hair or face.

koboxlondon.com

PSYCLE

Full-body spin class that's

crazy-popular among

fashionistas - it even

opened a pop-up at

Selfridges. psyclelondon.com

THIRD SPACE

The capital's foremost

upmarket gym chain, with

sites in Soho, Marylebone,

Tower Bridge and Canary

Wharf. thirdspace.london

SIX3NINE

Stylishly designed personal

training studio in Covent

Garden that also provides

small group training.

six3nine.com

LEFT: WEST LONDON'S BODYISM.

TOP: 1REBEL'S RESHAPE STUDIO.

OPPOSITE PAGE: THIRD SPACE IN SOHO.

FASHION + LIFE STYLE

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