F45 is taking London by storm – there are at least 10 studios due to launch in London later this year.
The flagship studio in Tottenham Court Road may have only opened in March, but it has already built a close-knit community around it. The studio is bright and has a lovely lounge space, but the gym area is slightly awkward with pillars in the way of the workouts and trainers.
Farringdon, on the other hand, is also in a basement but the layout is more spacious. The studio can be quite tricky to find – it’s not actually on Cowcross street, you need to go around the building to the other side to get to it. The changing rooms can get a little stuffy as ventilation can be quite poor.
The Wandsworth studio might be its own cute hut on East Hill with plenty of sun and space but owner Dean will make sure you don’t come out of the studio looking all pretty with torturous rounds of cardio and strength. The changing rooms are quaint but functional, there’s much better ventilation than the TCR studio.
Kingston is tucked away in a quiet corner of Norbiton, owned by the lovely Jim. There’s plenty of space and sunlight in the studio as it’s above ground, but slight lack of facilities here – only two showers for males and females and only basic toiletries are provided.
Fulham, boasts a super friendly crew, an SF nutrition smoothie bar and an upcoming Duo personal training studio – what more could you ask for? Bright and airy with large windows, you’ll find yourself pushing yourself much harder because of bypassers on the street.
As you would expect from F45, the workouts come as standard and the trainers are very welcoming and can cater to all levels of fitness.
They also do a global F45 challenge – an 8-week challenge that aims to get you to the best shape possible. They provide meal plans, a 45-point system to keep you accountable and a great support group for when your colleagues tempt you with birthday cake at work. Personally I enjoyed the experience, the diet itself might not be entirely sustainable but I learnt a lot about nutrition and what my body reacts to in those 8 weeks.
Sweat index: 4 (strength like Romans and Panthers) – 10 (cardio like Athletica and Firestorm)
Classes: Cardio (Athletica, Loyals…) and strength (Romans, Panthers…) – the usual F45 culprits!
Price: £20 for one week trial for first timers at Farringdon and TCR, £39 for 2 weeks at Wandsworth, £49 for 2 weeks at the Fulham studio, and free week at Kingston. £25-29 per single class, memberships available.
Amenities: Towels and basic toiletries provided at the Farringdon branch. Towels are £2 at Tottenham Court Road. No lockers but they have shelves for your belongings.
Address: Tottenham Court Road: 114-115 Tottenham Court Rd, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5AH
Farringdon: Denmark House, Basement, 9-13 Cowcross St, London EC1M 6DR
Wandsworth: 131-133 East Hill, London SW18 2QB
Kingston: 198 Cambridge Rd, Kingston upon Thames KT1 3LF
Fulham: 2-8 Dawes Rd, Fulham Broadway SW6 7EW