Working out doesn't having the 'boring' reputation it once did. With the current fitness craze showing no signs of slowing down, exercise is no longer a chore in order to merely stay in shape, but more about having fun with your girlfriends, de-stressing and feeling energised. With that in mind, we're eschewing the gym and trying some of London's most sought after classes... 

Forget spending tedious hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead
(Above: houseofvoga.com)

If ever there was proof that working out in the new going out, then Psycle is it - with live DJ rides, strobe lights and instructors with more energy than a Duracell bunny (read our interview with Psycle instructor Kaya if you're not convinced). Check out their new pop-up studio in Selfridges, and then treat yourself to some Dune London heels in their shoe gallery afterwards... psyclelondon.com/selfridges

Forget endless hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead



If you feel like yoga is a bit too 'serious' for your tastes, have you tried Voga? It combines traditional yoga poses with moves from the famous 80s dance craze. Classes are held in swanky locations around the city. (Last year, we attended one that took place on a rooftop in St Paul's, with gorgeous views over the city skyline). houseofvoga.com  

Forget endless hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

Forget spending tedious hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

Who doesn't love indulging in a bit of disco fever now and again? Don your blue eyeshadow, backcomb your hair and head down to Disco Barre which fuses a traditional ballet barre workout with some underground disco beats and sleek choreography to leave you feeling like the coolest cat under the glitter ball. www.discobarre.com

Forget spending tedious hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

If you're an East Londoner, then we suggest you head over to sleek new Hackney hotspot The Refinery for a variety of yoga, pilates and cardio classes. We particularly love the 'Friday Night Chillfest' - a great way to wind down after a stressful week, with a series of deep stretches surrounded by candles, incense, bolsters and blankets. Heaven! www.therefinerye9.com

Forget spending tedious hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

Forget endless hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

Most of us have nostalgic memories of playing around with a hula hoop. Which probably inspired the new fitness fad Hula Fit, - where you can wind back the clock to your childhood days and tone your core muscles at the same time, using special weighted hoops. Classes take place in various locations around London. hulafit.com

Forget spending tedious hours on the treadmill - enjoy a spot of hula hooping or 'Voga' instead

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