1Rebel is hoping to revolutionize the fitness industry with its "pay as you train" boutiques - I had a free class code and so headed along half intrigued and half nervous at what to expect - was everyone going to be as edgy and cool as the people on the website? The gym is just opposite the Gherkin so the target market is clearly City workers looking for an efficient way to get fit - classes start at 6am and finish at 9pm and are both of the classes on offer are intense cardio - no downward dogs around here (gulp).
I signed up to "Rebel Ride" - already being familiar with spinning-type classes. The 45 minute class was tough but a lot of fun - our instructor, Tiago, pushed us hard but kept us motivated. The soundtrack and lighting made the time fly by - the playlists are DJ-selected and so you won't end up getting the same old songs again and again and definitely no fumbling around with CDs between songs here. Cleats (special shoes that clip onto the bike's pedals, fyi) are provided and a few sessions a week take place to the soundtrack of a live band (definitely keen to go back for this).
Towels, water and decent toiletries are also provided so all of the hassle of a gym visit is taken away. The GHD hair dryers and straighteners are a nice touch and should help avoid that "lunchtime gym class" look and the combination lockers mean no faffing with £1 coins or padlocks. And there's a branch of Roots and Bulbs (rather than an incongruous vending machine that a former gym of mine had in reception) serving up healthy post-workout drinks and snacks. The classes aren't cheap but the location and target market probably account for that - I've heard of people paying over £100 per month for gym memberships so this could actually work out cheaper and the classes-only idea means that you will definitely be getting a proper work-out on each visit.
Next week I'm trying BoomCycle - the girl who used to hide in the loos rather than go to double Games is impressed!
What's your favourite way to work out?