I remember when F45 had launched it’s first studio in London. I had no idea who they were and definitely didn’t think they’d take over the fitness scene. A few years later and it’s starting to feel like there’s an F45 studio on every other street. Probably pretty accurate as far as I can tell.
You don’t get to be one of the fastest growing studios in London by sticking to the same tired old routines. You need to keep pushing new workouts and new formats. Keep the customers interested – that’s what you need to do. That’s exactly what the Australian-born fitness brand does. New workouts, new exercises and new locations. Seems to be pretty effective.
The latest class I’ve had a go at is the slightly confusingly name “Brixton” – when I got the invite I thought I was actually heading to the F45 in Brixton. Yeah, I get lazy and don’t read things properly. It was actually at the Oxford Circus club.
What is it?
According to the website Brixton aims “to showcase combat simulation with high-intensity cardio moves structured to mimic the training of a fighter. Elements of boxing, MMA, combat and self-defence will be on display”, which seems fairly self-explanatory.
If you’re reading this and thinking “I don’t want to get punched in the face repeatedly and put into a choker hold over my lunch break”, then don’t worry, it’s not exactly cage fighting. If you’re not familiar with the F45 set up, they have a set of numbered stations where groups rotate around performing different exercises. These differ based on the focus of the workout. In this case a fair chunk of them are predominantly things like pad boxing and kicking as well as ducking drills.
Is it any good?
As with any sort of exercise class, it depends on the kind of mentality you have and what kind of workout you’re hoping to get. The format is a mix of HIIT exercises like press-ups, squats and lunges mixed with a series of cardio focussed fighting drills.
If you’re heading down to the gym to train for a boxing match, you probably need to go to a boxing gym. The focus here is fitness, specifically switching up a routine quickly to keep people interested whilst burning a load of calories. As far as cardio and conditioning goes, boxing drills are one of the best things you can do. I actually dread doing any sort of boxing class because I get ridiculously sweaty and tired. Unlike running, you need to quickly move your body and think fast at the same time. I’m not so good at the latter. Throw in a bit of adrenaline and you’re looking at a tough 45-minutes
Who’s it for?
As with any HIIT classes, it’s designed for people who want to get a general 45-minutes of training in during the working day. The boxing element is a factor thrown in to make it more interesting as well as maybe giving you a chance to try it out in a safe and fun environment. The whole session is designed to give you a mix of strength, conditioning, cardio and a bit of skills thrown in.
How much is it?
£25 for a drop in session (bulk offers make it cheaper) with monthly fees coming in at £220. There’s also a 1 week trial for £20, which is worth giving a go.
Where is it?
There are F45s all over the place these days. Click here to find the closest one.
Picture Credits: F45