The clocks are going back. The evenings are getting dark. Exercise is getting harder. But if you can spare as little as 15 minutes of your lunch hour, you can still forego the guilt and fit in the burn. Team ELLE has worked up a sweat to find the best exercise classes to do in your break.
CX Worx at Virgin ActiveThe promise: Burn 230 calories in 30 minutes.The class: Armed with a resistance tube, mat and circular weight, I face my opponent: Marcus, the class leader. His weapons? Taio Cruz tracks, a headset and his Les Mills-devised choreography (if you liked Body Pump, you’ll love this). We power through a barrage of tummy-blasting matwork plus squats and lunges with the resistance band that work muscles that had long gone into hiding.The results: Forget aching the next day – after CX Worx, I’m aching as I walk out of the gym. It’s satisfying to work really hard, and as it’s only half an hour, the end is never far from sight. This rivals the workout you get with a personal trainer and leaves time to buy a sandwich, too.The details: Free to members of Virgin Active. Enq virginactive.co.uk