I enjoyed Bunny Bootcamp so much that this week I tried another of instructor Esmee’s classes, this time at new gym 1Rebel. 1Rebel is a brand new gym concept created by two guys, one of whom is the son of Fitness First creator Mike Balfour. Rest assured that the gym could not be more different from Fitness First. Based a stone’s throw from the Gherkin in the city, 1Rebel describes itself as ‘the new face of fitness’. And what a face it is. The gym is super stylish, with rose gold aplenty and exposed piping and bright lights and general coolness everywhere you turn. There is a Roots & Bulbs bar in the building so you can treat yourself to a cold pressed juice as a post-workout reward (though surely a Maccy D’s would be more rewarding?). Offering two classes – Ride (spinning) and Reshape (conditioning) – 1Rebel is in keeping with the London trend of doing a few things well (think Burger & Lobster). I decided to join Esmee at Rebel Reshape – here’s my verdict.
1. Barely broke a sweat
2. Too out of breath to sing along
3. In the zone!
4. Couldn’t move the next day
The class scores a 4 – the class name Reshape should have been a clue. This was no walk in the park. Switching from treadmill to bench to treadmill to bench over an over again was pretty darn tough. The exercises were creative and fun but deceptively hard. Esmee runs classes that are upper body, lower body or full body and I took the full body. Meaning that the only part of me that is not in pain today is my hair. With a bootcamp feel to it, the class is tough but easily adaptable to your abilities. That doesn’t mean you can sail through it, it just means that if you usually sprint at a speed of 12 on the treadmill, Esmee might let you get away with a 13 instead of the requested 15.
1. I would rather be in bed
2. Glad I tried it once
3. Such fun!
4. Sign me up now
This rebel has found her cause, it’s a 4! – this is one of those classes where throughout it there is a tiny part of you that kind of wants to die. But as soon as it’s over you’re clamouring to book your next session! I described Esmee the instructor as ‘mean-nice’. She will call you out if your speed/gradient is set too low or if you’re slacking. But instead of just shouting at you she reminds you that ‘if you don’t push yourself now, you’ll regret it when you get home’ and she does give the ocassional water break…
I went to the class alone, terrified that I would be surrounded by uber competitive weight lifting types. But actually everyone in the class was normal (yay!) and we bonded over our mutual pain. Not that there was any time to speak, we just communicated via sighing and groaning in unison, and exchanging the odd look of despair.
Once the class was over, I was extremely grateful for the free water and the high spec showers with luxury bathing products. The changing rooms have evrything you need to make yourself look as though you’ve been to the spa rather than the gym – aforementioned shower products, hair dryer, hair straightners, movie star style mirrors for make up and more. Starting to see why this is no Fitness First?
The Fine Print
1Rebel offers a packed timetable for both Ride and Reshape every day of the week. Prices range from £17-£25 per session depending on whether you buy a package or just one class, however, your first session is free (now you have no excuse not to try it). There is no contract (good news for all the commitment phobes out there) and the packages are extremely flexible. For example, you and 9 friends could buy the 10 class package to get a cheaper rate than each of you buying individually. You could even give some of your classes away as a gift (NB: choose gift recipient carefully so as not to cause offence). Basically, once you’ve bought the classes you can do what you like!
1Rebel is definitely a gym with a difference and is aimed at people who are into their fitness (or trying to be) rather than New Years Resolution-ers. The Reshape class is like a PT session but with a few friends for moral support/friendly competition. Considering how much PT sessions usually cost, I would say that the pricing is a bargain though it sounds expensive compared to regular gym membership. With the first class free, the best idea is for you to go and try this yourself. Either you’ll love it and it will be your new thing, or you’ll decide it’s not for you but be ridiculously proud of yourself for making it through the class! For more info and to book, get in touch below.
What class did you try this week? Let me know in the comments or on social media using #WorkoutWednesday