1Rebel has been on my radar for a while now – they’re a no contract, ‘pay-as-you-train’ boutique gym. They have two gyms, both located in the city, each offering three types of classes. Reshape, Ride and Rumble. They’re all high intensity fitness classes which will put your usual routine to shame.
I’ve been following Kayla Itsiness guide for about two years now and I’m looking to shake things up a little bit. I booked myself into a Full Body Reshape class one day after work – You’re given you own workout station complete with dumbbells, resistance bands and a medicine ball plus a treadmill. Our instructor, Kelly, brought all the newbies over and explained how to class worked. If you ever find yourself running aimlessly on a treadmill or staring at the weights section in complete confusion this class is definitely for you.
You spend you time doing interval sprints – each time upping the gradient and speed, and then hoping onto the workout station doing a range of weighted exercises from squats, chest presses, push ups and v-sits.
They use Woodway treadmills which help you give you a more intense workout whilst being super comfortable on your joints to help you go that little bit faster. All the weights you need are under the bench station so there’s no back and forth to gather weights and your instructor will tell you how heavy you need to lift.
It’s HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) as its best – there’s hardly any time to think about how much pain you’re in as you switch between the treadmills and weights. I go to the gym about 5 times a week and consider myself to be pretty fit, but this class completely took it out of me. It’s not for the faint-hearted.
You can refuel at the Roots & Bulbs for cold pressed juices and smoothies. On Friday evenings you can ever get prosecco – talk about balance. If you decide to squeeze a class in at lunch you’ll also get a free smoothie.
The changing rooms at 1Rebel are incredible – they have the trendiest changing area that I have ever seen. All lockers are a glittering copper tone with heated benches and GHD hair straighteners and skin care products galore.
It is £20 a session and that’s a lot to spend on a class and something I can’t justify on a regular basis. I’d definitely recommend checking it out but it’s the perfect special occasion gym.
1Rebel, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS