Six new fitness trends
Bored of yet another run or exercise class? Here are six of the hottest fitness trends in Surrey this spring. Bouldering, anyone?!
Forget New Year’s resolutions! At Muddy, we reckon the best time to get back on the fitness track is now. Perhaps it’s the fear of the swimsuit (meh… don’t worry, there’s always someone on the beach in worse shape!) but the longer days, lighter evenings and warmer weather make it so much easier to summon up the enthusiasm to exercise.
We’ve been having a nose around to see what’s out there to inspire you to get into your groove. Ready, steady, GO!
Whoop is brand of fitness that’s unique to fitness instructor Emily Watson – and one where you’ll leave feeling physically, mentally and emotionally stronger. These classes are quirky and upbeat, combining a range of dance moves, from swing to street, with a section involving hand weights and resistance bands. At the end there’s the cool down, stretch and a focus on positivity. Classes are in Godstone, Oxted and Caterham.
Red Hot Yoga in Guildford has been around for nearly 10 years and from personal experience I can tell you that the standard of teaching is excellent. It’s not a big studio but it’s friendly and welcoming so that even if you’ve never tried yoga before, you’ll feel comfortable. There’s the usual Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga on offer, as well as Hot yoga, bottle rocket yoga (!!) and pilates. But you can also go for super-stretchy Yin yoga – of which I’m a huge fan. It’s a deeply relaxing class which will help you release tension in the body through deep stretches and long holds – sometimes for five or six minutes! RHY also offers teacher training courses, and they hold a number of workshops and events throughout the year.
That’s climbing to you and me. Climbing centres are cropping up across the UK as an alternative to the routine of the gym, not least because it’s a mental as well as physical challenge. Try Craggy Island in Guildford which has over 300 frequently set routes, as well as space for beginners. Craggy Island is also in Sutton.
Fans say it’s addictive, fun and easier than you might think. And if you’re game, then I am too… when the weather improves. Yoga and SUP yoga teacher Dee Opp, who teaches at Sunbury-on-Thames, says the two main differences between yoga in a studio and yoga on a paddleboard are an increased ability to focus and the beautiful interchange with nature. Dee runs classes and workshops from her private riverside studio. She also runs a variety of workshops including a hiking and yoga experiences, mother and daughter classes and classes for men only.
It looks like a machine of torture – with all its pulleys and levers but the reformer has an incredible effect on the body. It’s offered at the boutique Core studio in Cobham, where there’s no denying you’ll feel the burn – and see the results. If you’re at the southern end of the county, Kirsten Harle, a former professional dancer offers Reformer Pilates classes at The Pilates Suite, her beautiful private studio in Farnham. The Pilates Suite also offers Springboard Pilates, a variation on the Reformer, which isis a little more dynamic and faster flowing, yet with the same gentle super-effective results. CoreFitPhysio in Westcott near Dorking is another boutique studio in Surrey offering Reformer Pilates classes as part of its physio treatment programmes.
Indoor cycling – it’s all the rage these days, having achieved almost cult status across the pond. Not surprising really – it’s a super intense fitness fix that will usually see you done in under an hour. It’s also low impact and a great cardio workout. That mix of aerobic cycling intensity, clubby atmosphere and motivational coaching is at CYC:D, a luxe boutique fitness studio in Haslemere, where there’s a choice of cycle burn and cycle beat (as well as barre, hiit, Pilates and yoga). You’ll also find a choice of five spin classes at Ride Studio in Cobham, that are guaranteed to put you through your paces. Ride also offers hiit training, boxing, trx and yoga.