East London Fitness Studios

East London Fitness Studios

By Sarah Malcolm

Sarah trained as an actress before finding a passion for healthy living which she now teams with acting and producing theatre.

In 2015, Sarah started her blog www.sarahmalcolm.co.uk to share her passion and recipes for healthy living and to help girls, like herself, overcome Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

She is also a freelance Food Stylist and Photographer and works with a wealth of exciting brands harmoniously to provide beautiful and engaging content for social media platforms and products.

Other interests include standing on her head and cycling very fast, whilst stationary, at Psycle London.


Having recently moved to East London, I am absolutely loving the freedom to go to so many incredible fitness studios within walking distance. It’s only been fairly recently that I’ve enjoyed going to exercise classes and actually I never really had the guts to go to them solo. I guess the thought of it can be slightly daunting; sweating profusely in a room with a bunch of super fit individuals. But really, everyone is there for the same thing and I’ve learnt to completely enjoy the notion of group exercise with complete strangers. When I first moved to Hackney, I was completely set on finding a gym that I could start a fitness routine in but being on a freelancer budget, I wasn’t having much luck with one that didn’t cost my right arm, so I jumped on Class Pass’s amazingly cheap deal and began my hunt for my favourite studios in East.

London Fields Fitness Studio:

Nestled in the railway arches of Hackney is London Fields Fitness Studio. Cheap, cheerful and expertly taught, it’s actually rather refreshing to go to a place that isn’t kitted out to the nines with fancy showers and equipment. A no-nonsense place where you can sweat (and you really do) without judgement. Run by Sapan Sepal, their signature class is “Booty Camp” and I’m hoping you can guess what it’s focus is.  They also do rebounding, yoga, pilates, outdoor boot camps and many, many more- in fact the classes change monthly. This one I didn’t actually find on Class Pass as they do their own monthly membership where you pay £30 and can go to unlimited classes, or you pay a wonderful price of £5 per class (if committing isn’t your thing) Well worth a visit and has a wonderful community feel to it!

BLOK London:

I had heard many wonderful things about BLOK and boy was I pleased when I found out it was in walking distance from my pad. Located in a refurbished Victorian tram depot in Clapton, BLOK have an incredible amount of innovative classes from boxing in their insanely swanky boxing gym, to dance classes and yoga- they’ve really got it all. The Blokfit class was one of my favourite I’ve done in a really long time. A circuit style full of boxing, kettle bells, strength training and cardio- it was challenging in the best way. Definitely worth a visit if you haven’t checked it out before! They also do a 7 day unlimited trial for £30 which is just fab.

The Refinery E9:

I little hidden gem in the heart of Hackney offering a wealth of yoga classes, pilates and more to suit all levels. I absolutely loved the Forrest Yoga class (which was an entirely new experience for me) in their beautiful yoga studio and their “Ballet Rebels: Box and Burn” class certainly leaves your butt feeling peachy! Definitely looking forward to trying more of their wonderful classes.


If you haven’t ventured to Ethos in Spitalfields market yet, what are you doing? A beautiful little haven right where you wouldn’t expect it, offering yoga, spin, barre and TRX and focusing on a unique mind/body workout. A lot of their classes are hot, which means you will definitely come out of the class looking like a new born baby (just me?) but the added heat makes it feel extra powerful. The yoga studio is one of my favourites in London and their TRX will definitely be worth the burn!


I remember hearing the hype around 1rebel about a year ago and not really believing it or thinking I would ever give it a go (the group exercise thing still scared me slightly) but I decided to take the plunge one day and man am I glad I did! If I could live in one studio in London, it would probably be 1Rebel. They have every single product you could ever dream of and their classes are seriously good. They offer three different workouts: Reshape-which is a blend of treadmill sprints and bench work with weights (super hard but really amazing), Rumble- one of the best boxing experiences I’ve encountered and Ride- 45 minutes of spin. They also have two locations (which are super close to one another if you’re easily confused), Broadgate circle and St Mary’s Axe. Definitely worth a visit! You’ll get addicted very quickly.

I am always on the hunt for new studios to try and am keen to grow my East London fitness knowledge, so if you know of any great places, I would love for you to drop me a note on my social channels @sarahmalcs

Also, if you give these classes a go, let me know! Have fun and make every sweat count!