With a career in banking behind her, Sarah Drai launched the Yogi2Me app four years ago to enable Londoners to book one-on-one yoga and meditation with ease. App users can now choose between 12 yoga and wellbeing sessions – from vinyasa to handstand training to sound healing therapy – and receive a qualified instructor in the comfort of their own home, office or even a local park, at any time between 6am and 9pm. There’s no monthly fee, and classes can be booked singularly or as a group of five or 10 sessions – plus £2 from each class is donated to David de Rothschild’s Sculpt the Future Foundation, which supports environmental innovation. Single sessions, from £65; yogi2me.com.
Whether you are in Miami, Mumbai or Melbourne, ClassPass leaves no room for excuses to miss a workout. Listing more than 30,000 fitness studios and gyms in 2,500 cities across the world, the app offers plans suited to travelling executives as much as city livers interested in trying different things – from HIIT bootcamps to boxing to bouldering. Monthly plans, £15-£149; classpass.com.
Urban Sports Club
This German app offers another flexible take on digital membership across nine European countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Spain). There are four levels of monthly membership, ranging from S (€29 for four check-ins a month in a limited number of locations) to XL (€129 for unlimited check-ins across the full range of locations, plus two massages and eight electro-muscle-stimulation sessions). Urban Sports Club provides access to a range of gyms and fitness classes via a QR code on your phone – and the app also allows you to track your progress. urbansportsclub.com.
Deemed “the Uber of personal trainers”, TruBe links Londoners with a network of over 300 instructors – from a kickboxing champion to professional ballet dancers – for both training programmes and one-off sessions. Personal trainer Mert Eray Onen, for instance, has a PhD in sports and health science; can put you through your strength and endurance training paces; and offers professional sports massage. Single sessions, from £65; trubeapp.com.
Operating across Boston, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago, FitReserve offers access to the class schedules – without “blackout times” – of the cities’ best boutique studios. Book in for barre, gyrotonic, hoist or rowing via a monthly membership plan or a “flex pack” of five, 10 or 25 classes. From $55 per month or $99 for five classes; fitreserve.com.