Ten Islington gyms to help you beat the winter blues
If you’re looking to feel fitter and healthier in 2019, read on for ten of the best gyms around Islington, Angel and Highbury.
January, it’s that time of year when people everywhere are taking stock, setting goals and … joining gyms. While it’s true that for many, the enthusiasm will have slackened off well before spring, for others this is the start of an amazing new fitness journey.
Committing to lose weight is a popular New Year’s resolution, but there’s a lot more to joining a gym than slogging away on a treadmill to shed a few pounds.
Many of the Islington gyms featured below have spa facilities or specialise in holistic wellness classes, such as yoga or pilates. Personal trainers are on hand to help you set and achieve your fitness goals and some are physio-led to help you back in training after an injury. There’s a whole social side to many gyms too – with cool lounges and places to eat as well as family-friendly facilities.
So rather than thinking of the gym as somewhere to pay penance for December indulgence, see it as a bit of a treat to help you feel healthier and happier through the dark days of January.
Here are ten gyms in Islington, and the surrounding area, that are worth checking out.
Devised by a former pilates instructor, Orangetheory promises to combine science, technology and coaching to give you the ultimate workout. Join a range of 60-minute sessions split into intervals of cardiovascular and strength training. What’s different about Orangetheory is that you’ll be wearing a heart rate monitor to track the intensity of your workout – you’ll even get a post-class summary to prove it. If you’d like to find out more, you can take your first class for free.
This club promises a holistic approach to keeping you fit with expert tuition and rehabilitation after an injury. It also specialises in health and beauty treatments and you can tuck into nutritious organic cuisine from the great café, right by the Regent’s Canal.
Five-minutes from Angel tube station, Fitness First – London Angel promises cutting-edge facilities including a cardio theatre, sauna and spin and hot yoga studios. Weekly group classes include body pump, circuits, boxing, and high intensity interval training (HIIT). Personal trainers are on-hand and there’s a beauty salon and members’ lounge.
Islington’s Virgin Active is currently undergoing a transformation. New features include a reformer pilates studio – with reformer beds whose pulleys and strings help you tone and shape. The grid floor, for cardio training, has 20kg battle ropes and the Queenax (described as a climbing frame for adults) to give you the ultimate workout. There’s a 25m pool and a cycle studio too, as well as a lounge and café. In fact, Virgin Active claims that for members, this gym is as good as a night out.
The Gym has 24/7 access and promises to be one of London’s best value facilities, offering contract-free membership from £28.99 a month. There are 170 pieces of high-tech kit and more than 40 weekly classes to choose from.
If you’re serious about fighting the flab, then the MMA Clinic is the place to do it – literally. You’ll work out in the gym and learn the techniques of Thai boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and other martial arts. Members decide which form of combat to train in and join a team. There are different levels of membership, but you must provide your own kit for whatever sport you choose.
Situated on Islington’s Essex Road, this gym offers new members a complimentary 12-point Health MOT, before creating their bespoke fitness plan. There’s a 20m pool, sauna and full range of fitness classes and personal training support. Families note – this gym is for over-18s only.
If you’re on a budget, Fit4less Highbury might be the gym for you. With no membership fees or lengthy contracts, the gym aims to cut costs by doing the basics well. You won’t find a pool, sauna, or fluffy towels, but they do promise quality equipment, great personal trainers and a motivational atmosphere.
Another budget option, Puregym on the Holloway Road also offers contract-free membership as well as 220 pieces of high-quality kit and 50 free classes a week. Memberships start at £16.99 a month.
Join F45training and the claim is you’ll be training like the stars, with these challenging group classes, which originated in Australia. Choose from a range of interval training and circuits-inspired sessions, called things like Angry Birds, Hollywood and Panthers.
Whether or not you’re aiming to join a gym, the choice available is typical of the amazing range of facilities that Islington, and its surrounding area, has to offer. So, if you’re looking to move in the area in 2019, please do get in touch today to find out more.