One of my favourite boutique gyms in London is Ethos. Okay, it’s not a gym it’s more like a sanctuary. The Ethos team live a life dedicated to yoga, spinning, TRX and (extremely) sweaty barre sessions. Have you ever heard of a TRX yoga core class? Yea neither had I. And I also never knew I could sweat so much in an unheated yoga class!! 😹
Situated in bustling Spitalfields market, you will definitely find serenity (and sore abs) here. It’s located on the upper level, sitting slightly above the market’s beautiful chaos. A zone where a sweet golden retriever, Obree, greets you upon arrival and no shoes are allowed past the entry hallway. A few steps further you will walk through a dimly lit corridor with walls imprinted with Ethos’ house rules. My personal favourite? “Class begins when you are about to quit.” So true. (Took me a while to learn that!)
They clearly had a sense of humour when they designed Ethos. And that comes through even during the classes. There is no arrogance here. Beginners are welcomed and you will be given all the tools to become a yoga-ing, TRX-ing, plié-ing warrior. So long as you respect the instructors, pay attention and try to push yourself. (Goes without saying, right?)
There is a wide variety of classes here – so many that I haven’t even tried yet. But I like to stick to my favourites. And honestly, that’s any class that Jennifer Hersch, one of the co-founders, is teaching. She’s an incredibly inspiring person! When the studio first opened and I tried out the TRX yoga core classes, I often saw her young daughter (I mean, she must’ve been only 6 months when I saw her) hanging around the studio with (I believe) a babysitter/ nanny. And guess what? Jennifer was in STUNNING shape. I wouldn’t even have guessed she’d just had a baby 6 months ago. Talk about #goals 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
But along with the body envy, she encourages everyone to push themselves harder and that you can actually do it. She expects everyone to bring their ‘A game’ but she also knows how to make you smile and have fun during class. (And getting a compliment from her in class is the best feeling!) She is one of the best fitness instructors I have ever had – hands down!
The best (and toughest!) yoga class
If you’re new to working out, new to Ethos, or new to barre/ yoga. I would suggest trying out Jennifer’s classes. Personally my favourite is TRX yoga core. The burn is unreal. But Ballet Body Blast and Yoga Elemantala Flow are also great mind + body workouts.
The facilities at Ethos are really lovely. I believe the towels are complimentary (win! it’s annoying when places charge), lots of showers stocked with Cowshed products, hair dryers, Ghd straighteners, deodorant, and hair spray. The yoga room even had a trickling waterfall for goodness’ sake!! Can you find anything more peaceful than that? 🙏🏼🕯💕*ommmmmmm*
Become an Ethos warrior
You’re probably wondering if I have anything negative at all to say about Ethos? No. Not really is the answer. If I must find a fault, then I guess I’d say the automatic shut off on the showers. But can I really complain about something that’s probably less wasteful. Plié-ing warriors should probably be green anyway. 😊💚
Let me know if you have taken a class at Ethos and what you think in the comments below. Another one of my favourite workouts is Lagree…read about my experience in this post….