Fed up of the gym already…? Just don’t go. Try these alternative urban sports instead.
1. Morning Raves
Morning Gloryville and Daybreaker are the aficionados of the London morning rave scene.
Not only can you effortlessly burn cals by having a pre-work dance sesh to uplifting DJs but you also get yoga, massages, tea, coffee, superfood smoothies, hot energising cacao and ‘good’ treats.
Morning Gloryville’s raves are on the last Saturday of each month with tickets starting from just £6 and this Saturday’s rave on 21st can be found just off Portobello Road in Notting Hill. Or get in quick for a chance for a pre-work sweat with Daybreaker this Wednesday 18th at Under the Bridge in Chelsea.
2. Hula Hooping
Trying to find those evasive pre-Christmas (bread sauce) abs? Core is key at a HulaFit session. From just £6 with hoops provided and various pop-up locations around London, might as well give it a go with a very, very good friend who will definitely not video you mid-class.
Can be found this Wednesday 18th at 7.45pm on Collier Street, King’s Cross.
With two trampoline parks in London, you can jump about in either Acton or Wandsworth, plus a new park in Croydon opening this year.
Flip Out in Wandsworth even claims to burn up to 1000 calories per class and offer After Dark classes which come with DJs, smoke machines and light shows. Plus there’s a special Blue Monday 30% off offer this week at Oxygen Free Jumping.
4. Axe Throwing
Kettle bell swings or slinging axes? Easy choice. Not just a bit of chucking about but a competitive tournament that will get your blood pumping in the 1.5 hour session at Whistle Punks.
You may have seen the spectacular sight of the weekly marshalled street skates from LFNS. Loud music, huge groups of padded up pedestrians-turned-skaters and satisfyingly pissed off cars as these groups take over the streets in Central London.
This Friday 20th meets near the Wellington Memorial at 8pm, or less experienced skaters can opt for the Sunday Stroll sessions, this Sunday 22nd, 2pm meeting at Hyde Park. Both rollerbladers and roller skaters welcome.
6. Treasure Hunts
Calories are not just burnt through physical exertion. Roast a few with the mental challenges of a London escape room such as the Crystal Maze Experience in London. With Aztec, Industrial, Futuristic and Medieval adventure time zones, you won’t even notice the sweat you get on as you try to earn Crystals with your team.
7. Pole Fit
A way to get the body of Gigi and a new talent to take to Proud, pole fitness is the most satisfying of sports. Try it out at Gymbox with eight studios around London from Westfield to Covent Garden.