Before I begin, let me assure you, this is not an article about losing weight fast before your wedding day. Instead, this is more about shaking up your regular routine (even if it’s not exercising at all) and treating yourself to something that’s unique and fun (yes, it’s possible!) that will help you to look and, more importantly, feel your best on your big day. Here are the classes that will do just that.
Chances are, if you haven’t tried a barrecore class, a friend of yours has. The fitness class with a cult-following revolves around exercises with small movements, working with isometric and eccentric contractions to burn body fat and sculpt muscles. Following an instructor, you’ll work on small movements using equipment such as bands, balls, small weights and the barre. While lifting your leg or squatting by the barre doesn’t feel like you’re doing much to begin with, your muscles will be shaking by the end of it!
Great for: People who hate cardio but still want to lose weight and tone. To see results, Barrecore recommends taking between two to four classes a week
What to wear: tights and a singlet hair in a bun (for that ballerina vibe) and socks – the class is done on carpet
Our Verdict: These classes are surprisingly effective in that I didn’t get very sweaty or out of breath, but my body shook during the workout and I could feel my muscles working.
A single class starts at £18 (depending on location). For more details visit barrecore.co.uk
Aerial yoga at Flying Fantastic
If you know your downward dogs from your chaturangas, then maybe it’s time to take your classic yoga routine to the sky. Or, at least, a few inches off the ground. Aerial Yoga classes involve using a low hanging wide Aerial Sling to aid and assist traditional yoga poses, such as stretching your downward dog or backward bend even further. After beginning on the ground, you’ll then climb up the silks, use them to flip upside down, and even create a relaxing cocoon with them for your corpse pose wind down.
Great for: Yoga lovers, gymnasts and wannabe acrobats who want to work on their core and increase their flexibility
What to wear: a tight t-shirt, leggings, hair up and no shoes
Verdict: At first I was a little scared to put all of my weight into the silk sling, but once I did, and with the help of the instructor managed to flip upside down, I really enjoyed myself and the time went very quickly. I also could have stayed lying in the sling like a cocoon forever!
A single drop in class costs £25, visit https://www.flyingfantastic.co.uk/ for more details
FloatFit Classes from Aquaphysical
Take a mixture of Pilates and HIIT moves and add them to a floating board in a pool and you’ve got the very fun FloatFit Classes from Aquaphysical. With an instructor on land, the class features classic moves such as sit ups, squats, push ups and even burpees, all while on a floating board. While the exercises are one thing, the main focus of the class is on your balance and core as you try and avoid falling in the pool – even though it’s inevitable that you will, and all part of the fun.
Great for: People who are bored with typical cardio gym classes or people who love surfing
What to wear: a swimsuit, or gym clothes that you don’t mind getting wet
Verdict: I laughed a lot in this class! At first I was nervous about falling in the water but once it happened (and it does to everyone), I became more bold with the moves and had a lot of fun with it, all the while feeling like I was having a decent work out.
A FloatFit Class plus brunch at the Haymarket Hotel in London costs £35. Check out aquaphysical.com to find a FloatFit class near you.
Power Class at Seen on Screen
If dancing around your flat is your cardio, then Seen on Screen is the fitness class for you. Taking the famed dance routines of Beyonce, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and more, Seen on Screen shows you how to recreate the moves and build up a sweat while doing so. While their weekend workshops and private hire options make for a fun hen party idea, their weekday classes are a great way substitute for the gym. For a bit more cardio, I tried the Power class which was like a much cooler version of your mum’s Zumba class complete with constant movement and Nicki Minaj beats.
Great for: People wanting to just have fun dancing at any type of fitness level
What to wear: Gym clothes and trainers
Verdict: The energy in this class is fantastic as it is such a very welcoming environment where everyone is keen to just jump around and have a great time. The moves the instructor, Wolfgang, showed us also looked so cool and were surprisingly easy to do.
A single drop in class costs £15. Visit seenonscreen.dance for more details.