According to research, the average student gains TWO STONE in their first year of university.

Don’t want to gain serious freshers’ flab?  Luckily, there are lots of exciting and innovative new exercise classes out there to help keep the weight off.



Who doesn’t want toned, shapely abs? We sure do!

This new class is one of the most effective ways to get a tummy to rival Michelle Keegan’s or David Beckham’s.

Don’t expect it to be easy. This is a short, sharp, workout that will intensely work your abs, back and bum.

While this is technically a low-impact class, you can definitely expect to be tired!



You’ve probably already heard of the infamous home workout.

Did you know that it’s now in exercise class form? According to the Daily Mail, this fitness craze can help you burn 1,000 calories in 45 minutes.

This is a whole-body workout that will burn fat and build muscle fast… but at a price.

Prepare to be thoroughly put through your paces and make sure you eat plenty of healthy calories to get you through.


Take it back to your childhood days with this fun new trend. Hoola hooping is a great way to shape your waist and this popular class uses a weighted hoop to shrink away the inches.

According to research at Canada’s Waterloo University, participants lost weight over their whole body but this was most noticeable at the waist- meaning a coveted hourglass figure.  With this sort of research behind it, it’s definitely worth a try.



SAY hello to your new favourite dance class. Simple, sassy moves are paired to the top club tunes you love.

Even the most physically-challenged individuals can give this class a go.

Best of all, you and your friends can learn killer routines to really make an impression on a night out.


30 Day Shred

Jillian Michael’s renowned work-out plan promises to help you shift those extra pounds by doing 20 minutes of exercise a day but boy, prepare to work hard for those 20 minutes.



20 minutes still too much? Well the tabata system requires participants to exercise for just four minutes – and promises better results than would normally be achieved in an hour.


Basic Ab Workout for Dummies

Everyone has the potential to get a lean, toned tummy with this step-by-step guide to the most effective exercises that will help target even the deepest layers of ab muscle.


Find out what classes are on in your area, go to

Glasgow: www.glasgowlife.org.uk/sport/fitnessclasses

Edinburgh: www.edinburghleisure.co.uk




I’M not in very good shape. At all. I get out of breath ‑running up stairs, I have bigger breasts than my girlfriend and I’m almost certain my bloodtype is Fanta Fruit Twist.

I’ve got some ideas on how to shape up, though, and I’m sharing them with you…



ZUU is a workout class made for those who are bored of lifting dumbbells or plodding along on a treadmill, and it promises a fun team building experience as well as a killer of a workout.

The Austrailian craze, which has just reached these shores through Virgin Active gyms, focuses on primal movement patterns and high intensity muscle workouts, with moves such as the ‘frog’ and the ‘gorilla’ testing muscles that wouldn’t be tested in everyday life.

ZUU embraces its zany USP by encouraging a sense of fun and enthusiasm that other classes can’t offer. And the class boasts the chance to burn 600 calories in a 30 minute session.



Sleek Technique is perfect for those looking for a solid workout without the embarrassment of being an unfit mess in public, with its online dance class that claim to help obtain the perfect dancers body.

Classes are streamed online via webcam with an instructor, but can also be downloaded onto your computer, meaning you can exercise at a time that suits you.

Many subscribers are pulled in by the fun, one-to-one feel of the sessions that could tempt even those not interested in dance.