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Sweat it out in time for summer! New fitness classes to get you holiday ready

Sharnaz Shahid

Summer starts now! Virgin Active is giving members the chance to get in tip-top shape ahead of the holiday season, both physically and holistically. With a selection of energy-fuelled classes, everyone will get the chance to sweat it out and rediscover fun ways to make sure you reach your desired goal. These classes will help motivate you and will also give you the time to de-stress by calming both body and mind - all throughout May! Here's some of the exciting classes you can try out:

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For those wanting to feel the burn:

1. HEAT
One hour of high energy athletic training, a combination of scorching intensity and pure power. Looking to get fit fast? This is for you. Expect to train like an athlete, discover drills and get to grips with residence training.

2. The Pack
Race against the time with this energetic, fast past and exhilarating class. Three teams competing to win, high-intensity challenges and the latest in connected bike tech; this is no ordinary cycle class. Jump into the saddle and experience the ride of your life.

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Something a little more calming:

3. Calm Restorative
Be mindful this summer and look after your body as well as your mind. This practice relaxes and rebalances body and mind. It combines deep breathing with long, easy holds, often supported by props. The perfect complement to a workout or a hectic schedule, it's a great way to switch off and let go.

4. Anti-Gravity Yoga
Hammocks are not just for holidays. Escape the world safely suspended in a super strong, silky ribbon that envelops your body like a protective cocoon. Feel a sense of calm as you gently sway a few feet above the ground doing graceful yoga poses. Work your core like never before, strengthen arms and tone legs. You will have so much fun hanging upside down, you will forget you are working out.

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And for those wanting to focus on their build:

4. BootyBarre
Channel your inner ballet dancer and teach your body to be supple, strong and de-stress. This class mixes ballet, Pilates and Yoga to increase flexibility, strength and tone. Lengthen limbs, improve posture, firm glutes and pirouette away the day’s frustrations without a dying swan in sight.

For this month only, Virgin Active are making sweating that bit easier with an exclusive membership for those who join online, as well as dropping the usual joining fee, meaning your summer fun is just one click away. You can pick classes from one of the 44 Virgin Active clubs, ranging from Collection to Life, and from Mayfair to Manchester.