Classon trial: Athletica
Get ready to sweat your socks off at the Athletica class at F45
Get ready to sweat your socks off at the Athletic a class atf 45
WHAT IS IT?
F45 is a fitness studio originally hailing from the land down under. Its recently opened a new studio in Tottenham Court Road, with another 31 sites set to open in the UK. We were lucky enough to go along to try out its famously gruelling Athletica class, and boy were we drenched in sweat by the end of it. The class is made up of three sections, with each consisting of a series of three different exercises. Each exercise is broken down into 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest, which we did four times. Once we completed the first section, we’d run through all three exercises again before moving onto the next section of the class and repeating the process. We did a total of 18 exercises throughout the class, taking on burpees, squat jumps with sledgehammers, squat upright rows with kettlebells, Russian twists with medicine balls, hurdles, battle ropes and sled pushes, to name just a few.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The Athletica class at F45 is cardio-based, which means that you can expect your fitness to improve from it. The high-intensity nature of this class will also promote fat burn, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to shed a few pounds. On top of that, F45 also incorporates a number of different weight exercises into its Athletica class, so you can be sure that you’re going to put your whole body to the test. Areas of your body that you may normally get away with neglecting will no longer be forgotten about. There’s no hiding at F45!
HOW HARD IS IT?
They definitely push you hard at F45, but the rush of adrenaline pumping through your veins will keep you going and the upbeat music resonating around the room is a great motivator. The variety in the Athletica class means that you work your entire body and the short durations of each exercise help to keep your mind focused. You’ll be surprised at how a break as short as 10 seconds in between each exercise can help you restore enough energy for the next round of burpees. Expect to be doused in well-earned sweat by the end of the class and to be rewarded with a surge of endorphins for a job well done.
WHERE IS IT?
F45 Tottenham Court Road, London. Memberships start from £190 a month or single classes from £25. Visit f45training.co.uk
The high-intensity nature of this class will also promote fat burn, so it’s ideal if you’re looking to shed a few pounds