The Ultimate Fat-burner
HOLLYWOOD AT F45, NATIONWIDE f45training.co.uk
F45 Training is a global fitness chain with a simple, specific selling point: it offers functional (that would explain the “F”) workouts that last for 45 minutes. Well, all except for one: Hollywood, the only class that runs for a full hour. It’s the highlight of F45’s weekly calendar, with 27 different exercises for brave attendees to blast through, burning as many as 800kcal. But it’s the inclusion of so many full-body strength exercises that earns it our vote: by building muscle as well as raising your heart rate, it keeps your metabolism high long after you’ve stopped sweating. It’s truly movie-montage worthy.
RUNNERS-UP Versaclimber at Sweat by BXR, London bxrlondon.com
One for cardio purists. By incorporating handles and pedals, the Versa machine offers a more complete workout than the average spin bike. The music is loud, the lights are low – and your fitness will reach a new level.
Heat at Virgin Active, nationwide virginactive.co.uk
In the class’s promotional shots, sweaty gym-goers run on Skillmills in a burning, abandoned building. In reality? Well, it feels largely the same – minus the health and safety violations. Running drills are mixed with rounds of tough resistance training. Godspeed.
FUNCTIONAL TRAINING MAY BE TRENDING, BUT ITS RESULTS ARE NO JOKE