As more state-of-the-art gyms are opening up in London hotels, with celebrity personal trainers, infinity pools and high-tech equipment, there is no better time to break a sweat.
For many, being on holiday doesn’t mean that it’s time to slow down. A lot of London’s top hotels have noticed this and have enhanced their gyms; they are no longer an afterthought, but one of the main attractions for visitors who are happy to pay more to work out with top trainers using state-of-the-art technology.
Claridge’s hotel is famous for its old-school glamour, so when you step into the new sixth-floor gym, with its mirrored walls and view across London, it feels as if you’re in a different world. Its Health Club & Spa has personal trainer Steve Mellor, founder of Freedom2Train, on hand to help. His workout regime combines different elements, from yoga to CrossFit, which help build stamina levels. Packages start at £110.
At the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, the new fitness centre includes state-of-the-art equipment, from cross trainers to bikes, along with a twin-lane, 17 metre-long indoor swimming pool. Train like an athlete with Ruben Tabares, who offers bespoke personal training packages starting at £1,400. Tabares’ clients include boxer David Haye, the former World Heavyweight Champion, rapper Tinie Tempah and actor Mickey Rourke.
It’s not just celebrities, however – he is also working with dancers from the Royal Ballet School. Make sure you turn off your phone; Tabares isn’t a fan of distractions, wanting the very best for his clients.
Experience the high life at the Shangri-La Hotel in The Shard, which perhaps has the most impressive gym, situated on the 52nd floor. Looking out of the floor-to-ceiling windows that face west across the city, you are rewarded for working out with spectacular views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster Abbey. The infinity pool is just as exciting: Stretching 11 metres long, it gives the impression that you are floating over London.
London Hilton on Park Lane’s Heartcore includes workouts such as CycleCore, a 55-minute workout that combines spinning with stretching, and KettleCore, which uses Pilates with cardio. Classes can be done privately or with friends.
So, there’s no excuse to leave out the work out on your visit to London. Work that body!
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