Angel Dee Review: Fight Klub

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I headed over to Gymbox in Farringdon to try out their action packed class Fight Klub. To be totally honest, I was expecting light sparring and a few kicks so I packed my running kit to go for a run afterward with my Crew.
Ten minutes into the session, I knew forgetting to pack my running trainers was the best thing I did.

The class was back in the same area I had tried out the Gravity Workout in, this time with huge free standing sparring bags that we dragged out into the space. By the time we had done that, I was pretty ready to go home. Our vibrant teacher for the session Chiraz was full of energy which did mean that the session started off very energetically and it was high octane from start to finish.

After the warm up we went straight into punching drills which were in time with the fast beats. I have to say after the few days I had prior, this was indeed my favourite part to the session and it gave me a chance to let the bag have it and my vest was off pretty much right at the beginning. Chiraz made sure she came around to everyone offering encouragement and offered gentle tips on improving form. Excellent. As we completed each drill, we were made to keep moving so the whole of the session apart from quick water stops, it was literally non-stop.
By the time we had gotten the punches, kneeing and series of kicks in, we then had a change of pace involving jumps, mountain climbers on the punch bags and sprints before copying the drills on the right side.

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The “cool down” which makes me laugh even now, was an ab workout on the floor. Now you know I love a great core workout, but after going in on the punching bags? Who am I kidding, I loved it!! To say I will be back to do this workout again especially when I’ve finished my marathon next month and cutting down the running completely is a total understatement. Chiraz was a great teacher and the class itself is great for toning, cardio and core.

If you’re looking for a fantastic cardio, adrenaline fuelled workout; look no further than Fight Klub. But tell your friends quietly as you know what the first rule of Fight Klub is, don’t you?

To find out what time your local Gymbox hosts Fight Klub sessions, click here.

For more information on the lovely trainer, Chiraz click here.

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Angel Dee Review: Gravity Workout

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Last Friday I attended a new class at Gymbox called “Gravity Workout” which was described as ‘body weight training on the frame with the added difficulty of wearing a weighted vest’, and it was just that!

I arrived at the gym nice and early as I was aware of the roadworks in the Farringdon area and descended two floors to the very spacious (read this as ginormous) changing area to lock my stuff away and have a walk around the gym. Going down the dark stairs hearing music pumping from various areas made me feel like I was about to go clubbing which isn’t a bad thing to me at all. The areas are zoned pretty well, with the free weights area looking like Muscle Beach. The boxing ring and punching bags looked awesome, didn’t have time to have a go at the time. I popped my head into the area on my way out and there was a lot going on, vigorous punching with jungle music pumping. Niceness. There is plenty of space to move and a lot of equipment and machines, although the first few trips be prepared to get a little lost as the gym is deceptively large.

Our class was in Area 1 which resembled a scene from Mad Max, I was half expecting someone to shout out ‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ as I looked down into the area from one of the free weight areas above. It could look intimidating to the untrained eye, but I think my heart skipped a beat when I walked up the stairs into the area and saw all the bars, medicine balls, boxing pillars and mats. George our trainer threw down the vests from one of the other zones upstairs and when I saw the size of them, I realised this wasn’t going to be an easy class at all. After an introduction we got straight into a warm up incorporating sprint drills and quickly into the main aspect of the class.

We were paired up with one partner in a vest and one without. I went first donning a vest and was paired up with George (of course I was!) and only being 5’2 the vest came up pretty big on me. George gave me a 10kg vest (the vests came in 10or 12kg weights). We went through three sets of five disciplines . Each set consisted of:

Vest
Squats
Slow Mountain Climbers
Static holds on pull-up bar
Lunges
Hip thrust Bridges

No Vest
Jumping Squats
Push-up with extended arm after each rep
Sprint on the spot
Jumping lunges
Opposite arm to leg sit-ups

The first set was for a minute, the second for 45 seconds and the last for 30 seconds before swapping over the vest to your partner and George made sure the recovery between sets were short and sharp. Needless to say I was glad I wore the vest first because but the time I was on the last of the static hold on the pull-up bars I was questioning my reason for being there! But George’s enthusiasm definitely rubbed off onto the group, despite it being hard work the majority of the group were still smiling by the time we finished the session with sprint drills. The 40 minutes went by really fast and my only gripe was not being warned about the holds, it definitely does require gloves or chalk – I had both in my gym bag, the last set was a mess with sweaty hands. George was to me a very good trainer, encouraging without being patronising or pushy.
I would definitely do this again (maybe not after a hardcore session the night before like I did), and I definitely would stretch in the sauna afterward again to help with muscle soreness as my arms are a mess now as I’m typing.

Thank you to George for a dope class and to everyone at Gymbox, Farringdon.

For more information on the Gravity workout, have a click here.