Exercising the NHS’ recommended 150 minutes minimum a week doesn’t sound that bad, does it? Just half an hour of brisk walking five days a week can help reduce your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and even stress. Regular exercise can also prevent you falling into the dreaded ‘physically inactive’ category – something most of us hope to avoid, or at the very least delay, for as long as possible. Except this is February. It’s cold outside, the mornings are dark and dreary and getting out of bed can feel like enough of a challenge without the added pressure of pulling on some lycra and hitting the cross trainer. Still, you don’t need us to tell you that exercise is generally considered to be A Good Idea. If you hate the gym or can’t bear the thought of taking up jogging, then check out these best fitness classes in Bath for 2019….
1. For the outdoor enthusiast:
Zest Bootcamp has been going for 10 years and prides itself on being Bath’s original outdoor bootcamp. But don’t let the word bootcamp put you off: there’s no shouting and press ups here, just a friendly and supportive network centred around regular outdoor group exercise in the beautiful surrounds of Alexandra Park. Classes cover all ages and all levels of fitness and consist of three 45-minute outdoor sessions a week. Stick to the schedule and Zest promises you will feel more alive, healthier and fitter than you’ve ever been. Where do we sign? At the moment, you can try a taster week at £10 for 3 sessions…but be quick, places are guaranteed to get booked up fast.
2. For the raver:
If you’re already a gym goer but want to pep up your routine, TONIQ at Green Park House might just put the pizzazz back into your work out. TONIQ has recently redefined group exercise classes in the city and it’s high-energy cardio, resistance and circuit training classes, all set to the latest club tunes, has made it one of the best fitness classes in Bath. Here, it’s as much about joining a community of like-minded people as it is about working out: cue the in-house workshops on nutrition and a monthly social event which sees the final class of the day set to the tunes of a live in-house DJ, followed by G&Ts all round (who says you don’t deserve a treat every so often?). With both pay as you go and membership options available, it’s fresh, exciting and different and definitely worth checking out. Speaking of fresh and exciting, TONIQ has also teamed up with the fabulous Walcot House to offer RIDE, a brand new indoor cycling spin class. With state-of-the-art bikes, great music, personalised performance tracking, easy online booking and the promise of a decent coffee or healthy snack afterwards in Cafe Walcot, it’s certainly made our lunchtimes a whole lot better.
3. For the disco diva:
Love the 80s? Fancy working out to your favourite Chaka Khan or Duran Duran track? Mum-Dance is a UK-wide dance class which combines pilates, aerobic work out and simple ballet in classic 80s-style dance routines like this. It’s a balanced, low-impact workout suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, and perfect if you’ve had kids and are looking to get back into exercise. Classes take place in local schools and current routines include sequences from Fame and Flashdance…dig out those leg warmers, invest in some fluorescent wrist bands, find your nearest class and get mum-dancing!
4. For the spiritualist
Set just off bustling Walcot Street and overlooking the river, The Hive is a little oasis of calm right in the centre of Bath. Complete beginner or advanced yogi, there should be something to suit here; even mini yogis are catered for (yoga is hugely beneficial for kiddies, and thought to be especially good for your little one’s concentration and confidence building), with afternoon classes for children and teenagers most week days after school. The yoga teachers are some of the best in the city, each one carefully chosen so they fit readily into The Hive’s nurturing and restorative ethos. Need time out? A calming place to regroup and recenter your mind? Then this is the place to come…and breathe.
5. For the individualist
Team Bath offers a huge variety of classes, with more than 30 studio fitness workouts taking place every a week up at the University of Bath’s impressive sports training village in Claverton Down (just a 10-minute drive from the city centre). From spinning to pilates, Zumba to circuit training, ab attack to Hatton boxing (a fun and exciting way of mastering some of the basics of professional boxing), practically every base is covered. Most of the activities are available on a pay-as-you-go basis, although if you find yourself using the facilities more regularly, then monthly membership also gives you access to the Team Bath gym, athletics track, tennis club and superb 50-metre swimming pool. The University boasts former and current Olympic athletes, so expect to rub shoulders (or at the very least, share kettle balls) with some of the country’s greatest sporting legends. But don’t let that put you off – the sports village has a warm and welcoming vibe with plenty of room for everyone, making it the perfect place for those who are up for trying something different.
So that’s our pick of the best fitness classes in Bath for 2019! Which one catches your eye? Or maybe you’ve got a favourite class that you’d like to share with us? Follow us on Facebook or Twitter and let us know your top recommendations for hunting out the best fitness classes in the city!