HEALTH – I believe I can fly

Boutique gyms are two-a-penny in London nowadays, with new ventures opening up every few months, so it takes something special to really standout. Fly Ldn, based in Liverpool Street, offers a stunning interior and tailor-made calm. As soon as you walk into the reception area, greeted by friendly receptionists, it feels like a shelter from the bustling city.

Embracing the current trend of fitness classes Fly eschews a normal gym and dedicates it’s schedule entirely to them.The roster is kept simple with yoga, barre and low impact (it sounds nondescript but is totally revolutionary).

There are two stunning studios one for barre and low impact and the other one is for yoga. The yoga and meditation room is the show pony with a huge screen wall playing inspirational scenes of different landscapes to help you get your zen on.There are several different classes on offer to satisfy all prospective yogis, including 45 minute and 75 minute options. The teachers are expert in their fields and offer advice and tips and steady leadership.

I was sceptical about barre, having never gelled with it previously, but energetic and enthusiastic instructor Ellya revolutionised the method for me. I found that the simple movements to dance music both improved my posture and toned my figure.

The changing rooms are small, but perfectly formed with copper showers, organic shampoo and conditioner, free towels and a blow dry station with hair dryers and straighteners (which miraculous turn off on their own, which is perfect when you’re in a rush.)

The space is so warm and welcoming that many FLYers choose to stay and soak up the atmosphere before heading out. The reception also offers a large seating area where you can enjoy a protein shake or one of the health drinks on offer. It also showcases a range of luxe British-made Every Second Counts gymwear. I couldn’t resist the trendy designs and invested in some seamless leggings and matching sports bra (in hope of eventually toning/finding my abs.)

Fly was founded by former city lawyer Charlotte Cox who turned to exercise during her stressful job, but enjoyed it so much she decided to concentrate on it full time. She encourages mental well-being and (quite rightly) thinks de-stressing workouts are as important as meetings.

After a month of inspirational classes my feet were firmly on the ground, but I felt ready to fly. First two weeks of classes are just £50.

Hannah, Heart London Magazine