By Francesca Londoño-Richards
With the ongoing pandemic the rise of popularity in online workouts is firmly here to stay. There’s never been an easier or more effective way to exercise without leaving the comfort of your home; perfect for the busy bride or groom! We have tried and tested ten of the best online workouts to get you started.
Leaders in the Pilates world, APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) offer physio-led Pilates classes focused on mindful movement. Designed and taught by qualified physios, APPI ensures you’re in the safest hands even when you’re recovering from injury. Founded in the UK by Glenn and Elisa, this amazing husband and wife team have recently launched their APPI Pilates TV. Whether you need rehabilitation from injury or pain or simply looking to improve your fitness and strength, there is something for everyone. Yoga and barre available too (www.appi.tv).
Devised from elements of ballet, Pilates and yoga with a focus on those tiny and often neglected muscles, you’ll be sure to feel the shake within minutes of a Barrecore class. You’ll sculpt those legs with lots of pulses in every position you can physically get into! Certainly one of the ten best online workouts, notice how toned you feel within weeks (www.barrecore.com).
It’s hard to know where to begin with Frame because there are so many fantastic and genuinely fun classes. Frame’s aim is to ensure you have a class for your every mood and every kind of day. And they most certainly succeed! There’s low impact like Pilates, barre and yoga but also high impact party dance classes. If a ‘regular’ class doesn’t take your fancy but you want something to make you sweat, try an ‘Old Skool Bangers’ cardio dance or an ‘80’s Aerobics’ class; so upbeat you’ll forget you’re exercising (moveyourframe.com).
Founder Jess brought boutique fitness over from LA where she trained, opening her first London studio way back in 2007 and now her Pilates classes are available on your screen. Her aim is to bring the joy and beauty into movement but that doesn’t mean these dynamic Pilates classes aren’t tough, we can testify they are! But you’ll feel stronger and leaner and more aligned. Choose from flow, strength or energy classes for something more up-tempo through to stretch or wake up/wind down (weareheartcore.com).
Louisa Drake Method
Having trained celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham (and even royalty!), we can assure you Louisa Drake knows everything there is to know about exercise. She’s devised her own unique method from her professional dance and personal training background combined with Pilates and barre to create a brilliant fusion that will lengthen those limbs and strengthen those muscles. And it’s seriously popular! No class is ever the same and you can choose from the high intensity LDM shape to the low impact LDM sculpt and barre. Mixing it up is the key (www.louisadrake.com).
One of the most renowned in the barre world, Paola hones and tones some of London’s finest bodies (none other than the likes of Vogue Williams and Millie Mackintosh). Paola’s method is a fusion of Pilates, barre and functional training; ensuring the correct muscles are used to get those bodies lengthened and strengthened and most importantly, that bottom perkier! You’ll certainly experience the famous PBB burn (or tremble/shake!) and there are plenty of videos to choose from. A worthy member of ten of the best online workouts (www.paolasbodybarre.com).
A one woman band, Posie is a pure Pilates specialist. She’ll take you through the basics with her beginners/slow flow classes moving onto the more advanced dynamic flow and stretch and tone. Posie’s explanation behind the movement is second to none and you’ll really understand how your body should move (www.posiepilates.com).
Whether you have a spin bike or not, everyone can get fit with Psycle. Not just for spin lovers, there’s barre, strength and yoga classes too. Known for their fun vibe, Psycle have some of the most uplifting and energising classes around. We recommend taking one of Rod’s barre classes for his infectious enthusiasm, he’ll make you laugh whilst your muscles are ‘burny, burny’ – be warned, they will feel on fire (psyclelondon.com).
Ten Health & Fitness
The go-to place to work on your posture and core with expert and friendly trainers. This boutique offers it all with trainers and therapists working together to create Ten’s unique ‘Circle of Care’ bridging the gap between fitness and medicine. Choose from their trademark Pilates classes, strength and conditioning classes through to yoga or personal training. You’ll focus on the quality of your movement and build a lot of heat in the process! Definitely one of the ten best online workouts around (www.ten.co.uk).
Find your sanctuary at home with a Triyoga class. A firm institution in the yoga world with London’s best teachers, you can choose your preferred yoga style; whether it be Ashtanga or Dharma, sports and everything in-between. It doesn’t matter what your body shape is, whether you’re a bona fide yogi or complete beginner, the focus and aim of Triyoga is true well-being. We can guarantee you’ll feel much better even after one class. Pilates and barre classes are available too (triyoga.co.uk)
Aimee Victoria Long
Aimee Victoria Long is is one of London’s leading personal trainers, you can find her in top studios across London delivering her method along with her team, whilst also working with A-list celebrities and members of the Royal Family. She is renowned for her expertise in the fitness industry, with her unique mix of disciplines from pilates to strength and conditioning. Aimee reshapes her clients’ bodies, nourishes their mind and works with each of her students to help them gain a better understanding of the four pillars of health. Her method gives clients a training and nutritional programme that works with their lifestyle and truly gets the results they are after. Fusioning her love of pilates, barre and HIIT. Aimee’s beliefs are all about bringing the best you forward; she wants to nourish your mind and body to help develop your true self in that one hour of your time. Each session she leads will leave you feeling energised, happier and stronger. Her sessions are not easy, but they are fun, dynamic and accessible to all who want to push themselves and feel empowered by the end. www.aimeevictorialong.co.uk/
You can fit P.volve fitness into your routine whenever, wherever with hundreds of workouts on demand via P.volve’s app. P.volve is the function-first training method that uses resistance-based, low-impact movements to improve body balance, open the hips, strengthen the pelvic floor and build total body strength with no post-pain & strain. By combining functional fitness practices with ‘mind-to-muscle’ resistance training, P.volve exists to help those who have been repeatedly let down by vanity-driven fitness. Traditional fitness isn’t always exciting, so P.volve is on a mission to revolutionize the way women think about working out – and equipping them for every transition the female body goes through (PMS, pre-post-partum, menopause, etc). The best part is – you’ll feel your best and look amazing. With an extensive clinical advisory board, P.volve is a healthcare-meets-fitness brand working alongside doctors and physical therapists to ensure the method offers their community a 100% sustainable and longevity-driven life. They have game-changing proprietary fitness equipment, state-of-the-art studios (NYC, LA, Chicago), all-day virtual classes and a long list of celebrity fans, including Molly Sims, Iskra Lawrence, Padma Lakshmi, Olivia Culpo, Shay Mitchell and many more. P.volve’s Digital Membership includes unlimited access to live virtual studio classes via zoom. www.pvolve.com/
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