Gyms can be great, but you need to be sure you have the time to regularly visit, otherwise you could be squandering anything up to £60 a month for a membership that does nothing but gather dust. Plus, gyms typically only offer a set type of class at set times, which can get a little tedious. This is where Viva la Vita for iPhone wants to help, offering a curated list of quirky fitness classes available at short notice.
The self-proclaimed ‘YPlan for fitness’ is available in London only for now, given that launching market-by-market (as YPlan did) makes it easier to curate things when resources are limited.
In terms of the activities on offer, there’s everything from chessboxing (this is a thing) and freestyle wrestling, to silent disco and Muay Thai.
Viva la Vita features between 10 and 20 classes at any given time, pulling on a handpicked shortlist of the best sessions happening today, tomorrow and the rest of the week across the UK capital. Prices and activity durations vary, but you can book directly in-app, and all you do is show a voucher from your screen to the instructor when you show up.
Viva la Vita is the handiwork of 28-year-old Londoners Styliana Vasili and Konstantinos Aristotelous, who experienced problems unearthing cool fitness activities that were available when they were free to attend. They found a host of “rich, vibrant, exciting and quirky fitness classes”, but they weren’t easy to locate all at once – so they created an app that does just that. The founders managed to raise £35,000 through equity-based crowdfunding platform Seedrs too.
Viva la Vita is available to download from the App Store now.