I spent my Saturday working every area of my body in one of the best HIIT classes I have had the pleasure to go to: PHIIT. A mixture of Pilates and HIIT the 45 minute class had me grinning from ear to ear and very sweaty. The class I did was PHIIT Hybrid and it’s a mixture of cardio, resistance training, and Pilates. It was dynamic and fast paced and I loved it.
I am not a morning person – I have complained about waking up early so many times on this blog that I sound like a broken record even to myself. But the fact still remains that I do not like waking up early even if what I am waking up for it worth it. Especially during the weekend. But yesterday I found myself waking up before dawn to head to Fulham for my first PHIIT class and I knew without a shadow of doubt that it would be worth it.
Of course the bus and the trains didn’t work and of course I had to run from the station to the location but thankfully I was only a couple of minutes late an was able to join in without making everyone stop the workout. Thanks to Twitter and having a friend there already I was able to let Lindsay the brilliant instructor know that I was on my way and would be there no matter what.
And before I move onto the content of the class I want to talk about Lindsay. She was amazing. Her enthusiasm and knowledge was so infectious and she made the endless burpees and endless jumping worth it. She is also running her first marathon this year and I wish her the best of luck.
We used a piece of equipment I’d never even seen before, the MOTR Pilates which you can see in the picture below. It looked like a really large foam roller with resistance bands attached to the side (and the resistance on the bands can be adjusted to suit the user). The MOTR was designed to focus on balance, core control, and alignment. We also used kettle bells of varying weights.
There was so much jumping onto the MOTR, balancing on the foam-esque part and jumping off. My legs got a proper work out using the resistance bands and my arms hugely benefited from the kettle bells. The burpess, planks, and circuits got my heart rate up and core working hard. In contrast the Pilates elements has my butt screaming in pain! It really was a fantastic all over body workout.
I also really recommend it. Currently they first PHIIT workout is free so if you are in London take advantage and enjoy a really brilliant all body workout.