6 of the best ways to keep fit in Euston


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1. Fujian White Crane Kung Fu

Since 1977, this school has been teaching Kung Fu & Tai Chi to both novices and seasoned pros. Chief instructor Dennis Ngo offers “Soft Style” (Suang Yang) classes designed to stretch the body, mind and to develop inner strength, alongside “Hard Style” (Kung Fu). The latter is for those who want to challenge themselves by experiencing the ‘joys of being stretched to the fullest.’ Dennis promises that his students will leave class feeling invigorated, ‘knowing that you have taken the first step towards freedom from fear.’ Friday 6:45 (Soft), 7:45 (Hard), The Place, 17 Dukes Road, fwckungfu.com

2. Ringtone Boxing Gym

Founded by professional boxer Ben Day, this underground fitness centre provides a range of boxing-based classes and personal sessions for all ages and abilities. Each class is intended to be challenging yet characterised by fast pace, fast humour and fast learning. Classes daily, 141-153 Drummond Street, ringtoneboxinggym.com

3. Table Tennis Fight Club

Are you very good at ping-pong? Bored of playing people nowhere near as lethal with a paddle as you? Then this club (pictured above) is the place to be. To join, players must beat at least two current members. Alternatively, anyone can attend an open session (Fri, Sat, Sun) where non-members train with each other until they are (hopefully) scouted by a member. The Fight Club’s current ranks include the Mauritian national champion (she’s held the post since 2006), the one-time no.1 junior player in China (yes a country of 1.3 billion people), and the man who represented GB in Rio’s Olympics – this isn’t a place for dilly-dalliers. Various locations, HQ, 20 Nassau Street, tabletennisfightclub.com

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4. Swing Patrol

A wise man once said ‘it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing’, and well, Swing Patrol (pictured, above right) and their fleet of classes – spanning London and Brighton – are taking these heralded words very seriously. From the basics of lindy hopping to mastering the Charleston, this fun and friendly dance class is the perfect place to learn moves that would make Duke Ellington proud. Oh, and make some new friends and have a good old laugh along the way. No partner required. Wednesdays 7pm (beginners), advanced classes afterwards, St Aloysius Hall, 20 Phoenix Road NW1, swingpatrol.co.uk

5. FlyKick

This unique kickboxing-inspired workout (read our full feature about it here) is 50 minutes of high-intensity fat burning fun. Divided into a series of timed interval bursts there’s fat-burning, sit-ups, stretching and, of course, long stints of kicking and jabbing sturdy boxing bags. The magic happens in a super plush gym in Regent’s Place. It is low-lit with strobe lights; the quality of the speakers alone could have you thinking you’re in a top nightclub. Classes run daily (except Sunday), various times, 350 Euston Rd, NW1, flykick.co.uk

6. Astanga Yoga London

Devotees of the authentic Mysore-style Astanga, one of the most physically demanding forms of yoga, traditionally rise super-early each day to practice. This unassuming studio has been the capital’s leading morning session for years, with guru-certified teacher Hamish Hendry providing the hands-on assistance. It’s popular, so you need to book your place in advance. Mon-Fri from 530am, 94 Drummond Street, astangayogalondon.com

Main image: Swing Patrol PR

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