From Hip Hop to electro beats, psychologists have found that the genre of music you choose to listen to when working out can have a serious impact on your performance.
While rap provides the best beats per minute for stretching and running, dance music is more suited to strength training. And Euro pop? Well that’s enough to hinder anybody’s progress.
So don’t let a dud soundtrack kill your vibe, check out our selection of the hottest classes and awesome workouts in London with the sassiest soundtracks…
1Rebel – Ride Live
Can’t decide between an evening of live music or a sweat-infused exercise class, then 1Rebel has the answer. Ride Live takes 1Rebel’s usual hardcore spin classes to the next level with music from a live band, who join the instructor on stage to bang out atmospheric rhythms for participants to pedal to. Think bongo drums and saxophones.
The added element of live music means that instead of concentrating on how much your thighs are hurting you’re more likely to find yourself getting lost in the moment. And for anyone who has had the pleasure of a Ride session will know, it’s not easy to get past the thigh burn.
If carnival vibes get you moving then you won’t want to miss out on this class.
Check out 1Rebel for upcoming live classes: www.1rebel.co.uk
Boom Cycle – Hip Hop Spin Class
There aren’t many exercise classes where you’ll find yourself working up a sweat to tracks like 50 Cent – In Da Club, Snoop Dog – Drop It Like It’s Hot and Salt-N-Pepa – Push It. But if you’re lucky enough to wind up in one of Bang’s Hip Hop sessions at Boom Cycle then you’re in for a treat.
Guaranteed to leave you feeling like you can take on anything, the high-energy spinning class is a must for those looking to sweat away their stresses while listening to some old-school classics. In fact, the dedicated workouts have garnered such a cult following they’re quick to sell out.
Just be careful you don’t use up all your energy rapping along to your favourite tracks.
Look out for the next class at Boom Cycle Holborn: www.boomcycle.co.uk
GymBox – Rave
If the only thing that gets you through a killer cardio session is a pumping bassline then this is the class for you. Rave at GymBox (a 45-minute high intensity, killer workout) promises to make sweating fun by providing a soundtrack that will leave you feeling like you’ve spent the evening in a nightclub rather than completing a pain-inducing series of exercises.
Expect to hear tracks like 2 Unlimited – No Limit and Reel 2 Real – I Like To Move It as you perform burpees, squats and other hard-hitting exercises on a mini trampoline. All while you wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care, with a set of neon glowsticks.
And yes, you do get to keep them.
Try Rave classes at selected GymBox locations: www.gymbox.com/classes/rave
House Of Voga – 80s Yoga
Strike a pose in more ways than one at House of Voga’s 80s infused yoga class. As it combines expressive dance moves with yoga and of course a 80s soundtrack, you’ll find yourself following a different flow with each tune.
From Madonna to Janet Jackson and Prince, the uplifting playlist will leave you feeling full of energy and for those who tend to find yoga a little passive the change of tempo might be just the thing to peak your interest.
It’s yoga, but definitely not as you know it and don’t panic – 80s leotards are completely optional.
House of Voga classes can be taken at different venues throughout London: www.vogalondon.co.uk
Seen On Screen – Pop
You may consider your pop playlist your guilty little secret, but over at Seen On Screen, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Beyonce are anything but embarrassing. Instead you’ll find a 60-minute class dedicated to all things pop, in which you’ll be taught how to dance to your favourite tracks.
With classes promising to burn up to 600 calories per session, they certainly won’t feel like your average cardio workout, but you’ll feel the burn as you tone your muscles and lengthen your limbs.
Put it this way – it’s not called a dancer’s body for nothing. And if you really want a challenge try and tackle one of the Beyonce classes. Hello dance cardio!
At selected venues across London: www.seenonscreenfitness.com