Class on trial: City Strong­man

If you’re look­ing to up your strength game then City Strong­man will be right up your street

Women's Fitness (UK) - - Contents -

WHAT IS IT?

Whether or not you al­ready do strength train­ing, chances are you won’t get a work­out like this on your own. The buzzing at­mos­phere is key to your suc­cess here – flip­ping tyres barely short of 150kg or press­ing steel logs above your head will re­quire a lit­tle en­cour­age­ment, af­ter all. Lucky for us, then, that our class was led by the in­cred­i­bly mo­ti­vat­ing Laura Hog­gins (@bi­cep­sand­bronzer), who knows a thing or two about lift­ing heavy. Us­ing kit like yokes and weighted sleds also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to re­ally test your all-round func­tional strength in a way that you can’t in a reg­u­lar gym. Mov­ing around as much weight as you will be in this class will also give you a men­tal edge that’s truly unique.

WHAT ARE THE BEN­E­FITS?

You’ll get strong – that’s a given. The op­por­tu­nity to try strong­man dis­ci­plines in a safe, con­trolled and ed­u­ca­tional en­vi­ron­ment will se­ri­ously have you work­ing so hard. The in­ten­sity is fairly high, so you’ll be burn­ing calo­ries and work­ing the mus­cles in your en­tire body. But the sense of em­pow­er­ment and the men­tal train­ing you’ll get from push­ing your­self this hard is un­ri­valled.

HOW HARD IS IT?

Well let’s just say you prob­a­bly couldn’t chal­lenge your mus­cles in the same way with­out ac­cess to this kind of kit, the knowl­edge­able in­struc­tors and mo­ti­va­tion from the oth­ers in the class. You will feel se­ri­ously pushed and out of breath, es­pe­cially af­ter the sled pulls and pushes. Oh, and ex­pect to ache for days after­wards.

WHERE IS IT?

The Foundry studios in Vaux­hall and Old Street, both in Lon­don. £20 for a sin­gle class, with in­tro­duc­tory deals also avail­able.

The sense of em­pow­er­ment and the men­tal train­ing you’ll get from push­ing your­self this hard is un­ri­valled

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