I’ve been going to Sweaty Betty free in-store classes for years, way back in the day when fitness wasn’t as cool or popular as it is now, and you could nab a spot at the Chiswick bootcamp by calling the store on the day – or just showing up, usually with my Mum in tow.
Fast forward 6 years and you now need to be an eager beaver and log in to the site at midnight (or crazy early morning) to get a place in their popular Get Fit for Free workouts.
This Jan/Feb Sweaty Betty have partnered with 1Rebel (one of my favourite London studios) to bring their boxing class, Rumble, to stores around the country. Get ready to sweat…
A group of us were invited down to SB HQ in Fulham to test out the new workout before it hits stores next week. I arrive fashionably late due to the ever reliable London transport system during rush hour, and thought I would just have to watch from the sidelines. Luckily/sadly this wasn’t the case, and I was thrown into the workout part way through, really testing my co-ordination skills.
I tucked myself in the back with some other running blogger friends that I hoped would have similar boxing skills as I do- not the case. Sophie is a hardcore boxing machine and looked fierce with her french plait – at least I avoided kicking her.
Even without a bag to punch, you soon work up quite a sweat, not to mention sore arms and shoulders from the constant bouncing around and throwing punches. I liked that the workout was set to awesome upbeat music that made me feel very hardcore, and had a bell every few minutes to signal the end of the round.
As well as going through a number of punching and kicking routines – jab, jab, punch, jab etc we took our workout to the floor for the ab section…
Lastly we were given a minute to punch and kick ‘the shit out of it’ – do whatever you want, go wild. Our trainer pulled out some epic moves…
If you live or work close by to an SB shop, I highly recommend setting yourself an alarm and signing up for one of these classes. If you don’t live close by or can’t make it to a class, there’s also going to be a video of the workout so that you can follow along at home! The high intensity class works the entire body, plus it will show you a lot of moves that you can take with you to the gym or boxing class.
Let me know if you manage to make it along to a class or complete the workout at home – you can tag the workout #SBknockout. I’m also off to test out the new boxing class at KOBOX next week, so am hoping the skills I’ve picked up will be handy!