… in the best way possible with fitness classes on the roof! With the sky above, a gentle breeze all around and St Paul’s watching over us, the two classes I went to were brilliant. The first was WERK Hiit, led by reshape trainer at 1Rebel, Sweaty Betty ambassador, and co-founder of FoodAndLycra, Kim Ngo. The second was TotalBody, a workout created by Sweaty Betty ambassador, PT, founder of 4fitnesssake, Chiara Pellegrino. Both were different, both were high intensity, and both were brilliant.
This was the first Swetty Betty One New Change class I went to and my first experience of waking up at 5am in order to make it for the 7am start. Of course I dragged myself out of my lovely bed and outside the door because as lovely as sleep is, I didn’t want to miss this.
I’d never had the pleasure of training with Kim before so didn’t know what to expect. Her class was a mix of cardio and body weight exercises. I am falling more and more in love with body weight exercises especially since the results are fairly quick to see and it costs nothing extra.
We were all partnered up and while Person A did one move, Person B did the other after which we swapped as soon as someone got tired. This was such a fun way of keeping everyone sweating and working and apart from me and my partner The City Fittie, I know I heard a lot of giggling.
Lunges, squats, burpees, mountain climbers, tuck jumps – it seemed as if we did everything! This was followed by a Tabata workout. I’d never heard of this before and have to admit I thought it was some sort of musical instrument! Tabata lasts for four minutes which effort put in for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest. Like with all Hiit this really helps aerobic and anaerobic performance. It was also really hard work and we the whole Tabata series twice over! I was exhausted by the time it was over.
When the class finished the Sweaty Betty team handed out breakfasts and vouchers – both of which were very welcome. By the time I reached work I was on cloud nine. I loved Kim’s style of training and her sense of humour and drive – I definitely want to sweat with her again!
I thought it would be easy to wake up at 5am again know that I had already done it once before. WRONG. If anything it was harder and I can’t tell you how tempted I was to just turn the alarm off and go straight back to bed. But I had heard so many good things about Chiara’s TotalBody workout that I didn’t want to miss this chance.
So once again I found myself one the roof of One New Change looking at St Paul’s Cathedral and getting ready to sweat with Sweaty Betty. TotalBody is Chaira’s signature workout, one she created herself after noticing how beneficial both cardio and barre were proving to be. She combined the two and as a result TotalBody is a mix of cardio, with aerobics-esque dance moves, Pilates, barre, and weight training. Everything is set to music and split into different sections which focus on different parts of the body.
TotalBody is usually an hour long but as this session was only 45 minutes sadly it was the abs section which had to go. I would have much preferred the legs to be skipped because as I write this sitting down they are hurting! However apart from this I can’t tell you how much I loved this workout. Aerobics and aerobics inspired classes will always have a soft spot in my heart because they just remind me of dancing with The Mothership and Sister in the sitting room when I was a child. I felt my whole body working hard and the sweat was dripping down my face.
Both these Sweaty Betty workouts were amazing and I can’t recommend them enough. As of yet booking hasn’t opened for future classes but I suspect it will happen soon. If you can then I urge you to try and get to Kim AND Chiara’s classes (why pick?!) and as with all of Sweaty Betty’s other classes these are free. What also made both these classes really special were the wonderful people I met and reconnected with. Sometimes the fitness scene in London is scary but for these two classes it really wasn’t.