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Top 4: 'Turn That Jell-O into Hell-O' Fitness Classes

Written by: Violet Myers

Fitness has always been a big part of the average Londoner’s life.  We are by far the most active region in the UK, with many of us exercising on a daily basis. Better yet the fitness class has made a sweeping comeback in recent years, casting aside the lycra-clad Jane Fonda stereotypes with many of us getting off the treadmill and embracing the benefits of group fitness.

With so much diversity it seems there is now a class for everyone, and with all these new fitness trends popping up on a weekly basis it gets a little hard to keep up. One day it’s ballet barre for a tight core, the next it’s hardcore cardio blasts inspired by the Vikings, what’s next we dread to imagine; hoover-size? A heart pounding routine inspired by the humble housewife? Perhaps a Fifty Shades of Grey bondage muscle meltdown, in which subjects sweat it out while…

What? That’s already a thing?! Well shut me up, the apocalypse is upon us!

The choice can be overwhelming, it’s hard to know whether you’re more of a peaceful yogi, a crossfit nutter or a HIITster hardo. You might be on a new fitness quest, be looking for your next challenge or just fancy being in a room full of sweaty underdressed people. Well you are in luck, we’ve sourced the best fitness classes in and around the N4 postcode. These sweat-fests won’t just get you looking hot, but are in walking distance too, well, you don’t want to overdo it now…

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Crossfit, Crossfit North London

What’s the deal? – An intense high intensity workout incorporating weightlifting, gymnastics and plyometrics. Founded in California during the early 00’s (where else would this level of self inflicted torment become so popular?)
Feel the burn? – Positively molten. We imagine Lucifer uses these WOD’s (workouts of the day, cross fit lingo) to punish people who cheat at pub quizzes.
Sweat-o-metre – Now we don’t want to get too visual, but you could fill a bath tub with the sweat pouring out of us, you’ll leak from places you never knew existed. Bad news for the bus ride home, great news for the old ticker.
Calories Burnt – An hour class can burn up to 500 calories, improve strength, agility and sheds fat. Who needs to sit when you look so good standing up?
The Morning after – Forget using the stairs, sitting down or er, using the toilet. The morning after a cross fit session is a day of painful rest.
Memberships and packages available £4 per class to £20 per class.
44 Tottenham Lane, Hornsey, Crouch End, N8 7DY

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Freefit, Morefit

What’s the deal? – The good people of Morefit are running a weekly circuit based fitness class in our very own Finsbury Park and wait until you hear the best bit…it’s completely and utterly free!
Feel the burn? – Hot just like an oven. This group based class uses a mix of high energy, lower body and upper body exercises. Exhausting, we would have done a runner if we only had any energy left!
Sweat-o-metre – The cool winter air definitely helps, but there’s still plenty of moisture to get around.
Calories Burnt – One hour session can burn up to 750, blimey! That’s half a pint of cream!
The Morning after- About as stiff as Ed Miliband during a Good Morning interview.

Every Saturday at 2:30pm
Meet in Finsbury Park, Stroud Green Road entrance by the community centre in the park.
Look out for the MoreFit Crew

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Pure Cycle, PureGym

What’s the deal? – A cardio blast in which participants are strapped into stationary bikes and pedal in order to generate electricity for the gym’s vending machines.
Feel the burn? – Heatwave with a 90% chance of lava. This energetic class is all about the thighs and those hams are going be cookin’.
Sweat-o-metre- Dripping, you’ll need to bring a towel to dry that soggy bike down, ours was buried at sea.
Calories burnt – One hour session can burn up to 600 calories, that’s half a trifle!

The Morning After – This sort of leg focused cardio means a joyful return of the use of our arms, the legs were another story.

Free with a pure gym membership of £24.99
2 – 3 times daily, morning, afternoon and evening sessions
189-219 Isledon Road Islington, N7 7JR

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Pilates, Liv Pilates

What’s the deal? – A workout for the mind and the body, slower in pace but deceptively painful.
Feel the burn? – Hot pokers to the mid section. May have been delirium but pretty sure I heard my abs wailing ‘whhhyy?’
Sweat-o-metre – A lady-like glow.
Calories burnt – One hour session can burn up to 350 calories, that’s 7 Babybels!
The Morning After – While getting around didn’t cause a problem, sitting up, bending, eating and exhaling were a bit of an issue. But with abs like these who needs that crap!

£12 per one hour class
Monday, Tuesday and Saturday, morning and evening sessions
Atom Gallery, N4 3EG


The Best of the rest:

  • The N4 Workout @n4workout
  • Yoga Centric @yogacentric
  • Pole Fitness @factorylondon
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