Founded by James Balfour (son of Mike Balfour who founded Fitness First), 1Rebel has been dubbed “The King of Gyms” and has a legion of loyal fans. With no contracts (a self-confessed rebellion against his father’s business model), their string-free workouts really do get people (and a host of celebrities) coming back for more.
Class names all begin with R – Ride is their music blaring, disco-lit take on spinning, Reshape is 45 minutes of intense HIIT involving stints on a treadmill combined with matt work and Rumble is a mix of cardio boxing and mixed martial art moves.
Things we love? Their weekly themed Rides (like 90s pop or Beyonce vs. Jay-Z), ice-cold Aromatherapy Associates oil-infused towels (as amazing as they sound) and the Barber + Blow hair bars at the South Bank, Broadgate and St. Mary Axe locations. This is London boutique fitness at its finest (and coolest).