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

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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

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