Gym culture gets a gritty overhaul in this non-stop session at ministry Does fitness
Gym culture gets a gritty overhaul in this non-stop session at Ministry Does Fitness
WHAT IS IT?
The day Ministry of Sound decided to venture into the wellness world was a good day for everyone. Setting up camp in the arches of a disused railway in Elephant & Castle, the gym brought with it one of London’s loudest sound systems (naturally), its own fully-licensed bar (we expected no less), and a refreshing no BS approach to getting fit – Ministry Does Fitness: The Arches, is a gym we can get on board with. We found ourselves in Tuesday’s Strength class – a 45-minute circuit-based HIIT session that will leave you with sweat dripping into your eyes and feeling a little bit sick. The circuit involves seven stations – sprints, bicep curl and press, TRX squats and press-ups, heavy prowler push and ab roller, tricep dips and box jumps, slam tuck jumps and throws, and heavy kettlebell swings. Killer.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Strength is all about smashing personal goals, whether that’s reaching for the heavier weight you’ve always been scared of or pushing for that last rep even though you’ve only got two seconds left on the clock. Not only will you leave this class with a full-body workout firmly under your belt, you’ll feel thoroughly satisfied that you’ve really pushed yourself. This isn’t any old HIIT circuit either. Ministry of Fitness’ eclectic soundtrack of house, electronic and club anthems, combined with UV lights and constant encouragement from pocket rocket trainer Laura (@bicepsandbronzer) mean this class oozes motivation.
HOW HARD IS IT?
It’s hard. But HIIT sessions are meant to be. If you don’t finish the class wondering whether you can stand or not, you probably haven’t done it right. Luckily, everyone’s in the same boat – there’s a real camaraderie to the class – and you’re spurred on by the killer tunes played at club volume throughout. Beats were, in fact, so infectious I accidentally let out a little dance during one (short) water break, so it’s not all hard work. Top tip: try not to start on the treadmill station – it will destroy you. WHERE IS IT? Ministry Does Fitness: The Arches, London. Classes start from £10. To book, visit
Not only will you leave this class with a full-body workout firmly under your belt, you’ll have really pushed yourself