Remember when ‘working out’ meant throwing on your trainers and going for a jog around the local park? Well, it’s no longer that simple. Modern day developments in technology and entertainment have meant that distractions are many, so instructors have to find increasingly innovative ways to impress and stimulate fitness fiends who claim to have seen it all. And what’s more, travellers now expect to be able to keep up their new fitness routines while on holiday. From tough military-style training to trampolining and back to basics primal workouts, here are the latest wellness and fitness trends for 2016 to try on your next trip to London.
One of the key fitness trends for 2016, primal workouts go back to basics with exercises inspired by animal instincts. One such workout is Animal Flow at Local Motion, a class that focuses on increasing flexibility and core strength through animal movements. If crawling like a leopard or holding a perfect bird stance sounds like fun, then this could be for you. If you’re looking for something a little more testosterone-fuelled, try the Caveman workouts at Gymbox, open to non-members for a small fee. Far from being a walk in the park, this class sees participants unleash their ‘inner beast’ through activities such as lifting rocks, rolling tires and climbing ropes.
Have you ever watched a child bouncing on a trampoline and secretly been a little jealous? Well, thanks to trampoline venues like Oxygen, you can get involved without having to kick any little ones out of the way. Adult trampolining is one of the hottest trends to sweep the city, not only a barrel of fun but also great for the core. The spring of the matts also means it has a low impact on joints, so it’s great for all ages. Flips optional.
Indoor rock climbing has been gaining popularity in recent years, but it’s tipped to be the ultimate status sport of 2016. There are three types – top-rope climbing, lead climbing and bouldering. The latter is the most up-and-coming and involves rope-free rock climbing over crash pads. The sport, which is excellent for building body, back and arm strength, challenges participants to complete complex ‘problems’, which can often see them climbing at ambitious angles. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, there are plenty of climbing centres to try out across London, such as The Climbing Hangar – a huge dedicated bouldering space with 100 different problems, three stamina circuits, a cave and a barrel.