Laura Williams

So the fun’s over and now it’s time to tackle January’s inevitable mincepie-top. Best place to start is often the studio, instead of the gym floor; trying to go it alone on the treadmill can be tough after weeks of gluttony and inactivity. These are my picks of the city’s finest fitness classes for 2012.

Sexy in the City Bootcamps: This is the bootcamp with a difference. It’s a women-only bootcamp that guarantees great results in 30-minute sessions through warrior-style routines – perfect if you’re looking to lose fat; research has found that women who resistance-train two or three times a week lose, on average, 3.5 pounds of fat over eight weeks. And best of all for a cold January? The classes are indoors.

Stars Gyms’ Conditioning Empower Class: Grrr, this is one for the boys. A tough, military-style class with a big emphasis on energetic intervals, this should be one for your resolution list. And, as a recent Canadian study found, short, high-intensity intervals make for superior workouts than slower, longer plods. This makes it the perfect class for a time-poor executive.

Drag Queen Dance Class: Fancy replacing the Lycra with backcombed hair and false eyelashes? Then join famous drag troupe, The Globe Girls, at Floridita in Wardour St for their Drag Queen Dance Class. With heels being the regulation footwear, you’ll get to try the sassy “strutting in heels” warm-up followed by a high-octane dance workout. A 90-minute class and a cocktail will cost you £25.

PowerHit: Described as “the ultimate quick fix” (we like this already) this is a popular traditional Power Plate class combined with spinning-style cardio intervals on Power Plate’s all-new Power BIKE - and it’s only 25 minutes. Try it at the Harrods Power Plate Studio from today.

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