Fusion workouts (those that mix two disciplines) are hot news over the pond in LA and New York and now theyre breaking into the UK too. By combining two exercises you work harder but will see results much faster - a fitness 2-for-1 if you like. Here is ELLEs pick of the six bestMore
We told you about Kranking a while back. Masterminded by the same man, Johnny G, who invented Spin bikes, Kranking works your arms in exactly the same way. Krank Fusion is a high intensity interval class combining the use of Krank cycles and spin bikes, it’s just 30 minutes and you alternate between the two. You tone your legs and arms while burning calories, plus interval training is proven to supercharge your fitness levels, burning more calories and fat faster than performing one exercise solidly for 30 minutes (clever). Ideal for lunch breaks, or if you can’t bear to spend any more time in the gym than necessary!
Krank Fusion at Virgin Active, Membership from £55 per month virginactive.co.uk
Cardiolates is another form of interval training, but carried out on Pilates reformers. The hour-long class includes the usual toning and strength exercises, working a range of muscles in the arms and legs, while constantly working the core; however there are intermittent bursts of cardio too. These come from jump boards attached at the foot end of the reformers. The base moves up and down the bed, and by placing your feet against the board, you can 'jump' away from it – which really raises the heart rate. For fans of reformer Pilates this still works fast to build lean muscle, but the added element of the cardio strips fat faster leading to quicker, more visible results.
Cardiolates, £25 per class or £200 for ten; pilateshq.co.uk