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The Best and Most Unusual Fitness Classes in Leeds

· Emma Cooke · Style

There are loads of unusual ways to blitz away the calories in Leeds.


With 40 degree heat yoga classes and Spartan-inspired workouts on offer, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to unusual fitness classes.

From an intense club-style spin class to yoga practice in mid air, working out doesn’t have to be dull. You can burn calories, tone up and get bikini ready with these cool and unusual fitness classes in Leeds. You can train on a trampoline, sweat it out in hot yoga and plié like a ballet dancer – the only question is, which will you try first?

Do yoga in mid air

Leeds Aerial Arts

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Ever tried aerial yoga? You’ll work your way through a series of traditional yoga poses, while suspended in the air on a specialist hammock. It may sound unusual, but there’s method in the madness. The hammock supports your weight, so you can improve balance, strength and flexibility without putting too much stress on your body. This is a great way to find your inner calm as you slow your breathing and move gently from one pose to the next.

Leeds Aerial Arts Studio, Studio 2, Cross York Studios, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7EE. Classes are available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Each class is £13 or you can get six classes for £72.

Try out the ultimate spinning experience

RYDE L1 Peformance

RYDE is a spin class like no other. Step into their unique studio where the lights are turned down low and the music’s turned up high for a hardcore bike workout. They integrate light weights into their routine, so it’s not just your legs that will feel the burn, and you have complete control because you choose the level of resistance that works for you.

L1 Performance, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP. Classes are available from Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. Each class is £10 or you can get 11 classes for the price of 10.

Train like a firefighter

If you reckon you can tackle a fitness class created by ex-firefighters, check out Firehouse Fitness. Their signature Drill class takes HIIT to the next level – it’s a functional training drill that uses tractor tyres, fire hoses and even casualty dummies to push you to the limit, so expect to work out just like a real firefighter. They keep things interesting by making every class different and you can burn up to 1,200 calories at each session.

Firehouse Fitness, Centaur House, 91 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3LA. Classes are available every day of the week apart from Wednesday. Classes are free with a membership, which starts from £32.49.

Try out Hollywood’s latest fitness craze

Love Lagree

The Lagree Method has taken Hollywood by storm and you can try it out for yourself, right here in Leeds. This is a high-intensity, low-impact full body workout that’s incredibly effective. You’ll be using one of their Megaformer machines at Love Lagree, so expect 50 minutes of slow, controlled movements that engage different parts of the body and stimulate fat burning muscle fibres.

Love Lagree, Unit 3, Gateway West, East Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8DZ. Classes are available every day of the week. Each class is £23 or you can get 10 classes for £120.

Work out your core while pole dancing

Aerial Empire Pole Fitness

If you want a strong core, head to Aerial Empire and get stuck into one of their pole dancing classes. In the beginner class, you’ll start with simple spins around a static pole before you progress to more complex moves that take you off the floor. It’s a full body workout that engages your muscles and gets your heart pumping, so the inches will soon slide off.

Aerial Empire, Mabgate Mills, Mill 3, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7DZ. Beginners Pole classes are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Each class is £10 or you can get four classes for £34.

Work out like an ancient Greek fighter

You can release your inner warrior at the Leeds Cage martial arts gym. They offer Spartan Training classes, filled with exercises inspired by the gruelling regimes from thousands of years ago. In 30 minutes, you’ll build your strength as you get to grips with sledgehammers, kegs and tyres, but it’s more than just weight-training. Your cardio will come from climbing across overhead bars and up ropes, so you can test all areas of your fitness.

Leeds Cage, Washington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS3 1JL. Classes are available five nights a week. You can access the classes for £18 each month.

Train in a club-like setting


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Want to burn up to 1,000 calories in just one session? TRIB3 is a high-intensity, results-driven bootcamp in a cool, club-like setting. It merges treadmill, resistance and high-intensity functional training to get maximum impact. And you’ll see the results, because you can check your effort level, heart rate and calories burned thanks to your MyZone belt. It’s tough, it’s gruelling, but somehow, it doesn’t feel like hard work.

TRIB3, 68a Wellington Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EE. Classes are available every day of the week. Each class is £15 or you can get 10 classes for £100.

Tone up like a ballet dancer

Ballet Fitness at The Dance Studio Leeds

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With exercises drawn from classical ballet, you can burn calories and improve your posture at The Dance Studio Leeds. You’ll follow the structure of a standard ballet class, so you’ll begin with stretches and bar work before you move onto pliés, pirouettes and tendu in the centre of the room. You don’t need pointe shoes and tutus, you can do the class in comfortable clothes and bare feet.

The Dance Studio Leeds, Mill 6, Mabgate Mills, Macaulay Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 7SW. Classes take place on a Tuesday. Each class is £7 or you can get six classes for £36.

Experience yoga in 40 degree heat

Bikram Yoga Leeds

Hot yoga is undoubtedly one of the most unusual fitness classes in Leeds. You can try it at Bikram Yoga, where their state-of-the-art studio is heated to 40 degrees. In this sweltering environment, you’ll work through 26 unique postures and two different breathing exercises. Why? Because the heat helps relax your muscles and ligaments, so you can benefit from a deeper stretch.

Bikram Yoga, Level 2, The Core, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JD. Classes run every day of the week. Each class is £20 or you can get a 30-day intro with unlimited classes for £30.

Cover image credit: Credit: Amy Heycock