Last Friday night I joined a few of my fEMPOWER team members for a Reshape class at 1Rebel. I did not read beforehand what the class is like, when I saw the treadmills and dumbbells I got excited though.
1Rebel website says the Reshape class is:
45 minutes of physical and mental intensity. Exertion that you never thought possible. This highly intensive group experience is designed to condition and resculpt selected muscle-groups. The latest Woodway 4Front treadmills and the bespoke and patented 1R workout platform will help mould your body and break your barriers.
If I had read that beforehand I would have thought what probably most (cocky :) Crossfitters think – it won’t be as hard as Crossfit for sure!
Our class had 7 minute intervals – 7 minutes on treadmill and then 7 minutes on the floor. Repeated 3 times. The treadmill intervals were nuts, it didn’t help that I pushed my pace a lot, I’m a runner, I can’t help it, I know interval sprints are supposed to hurt a lot. It was fun to play with different speeds though and with different inclines and with the manual mode as well, just using your own strength to push the belt.
On the floor we did various squats, push ups, lunges and sit ups. It was a little bit too fast paced for me, I’m not used to doing cardio with weights. I’m used to working with weights at my own pace.
And what did I think at the end —>
45 minutes of full-on max heart rate cardio is insane. I’m curious to try another class thought to see how they differ, at least I’m assuming it’s not the same routine every time.
If people think Crossfit is mental, this stuff is way more mental than that – there is no rest. I think once you do a few of these classes though you know what the floor exercises are so you don’t have to look at the trainer and the class moves a bit more smoothly and doesn’t feel as frantic as the first one.
1Rebel is a no-contract gym with awesome changing facilities and hang-out areas. The prices are £10 for your first session and £20 for subsequent ones. The more sessions you buy though, the cheaper they get so if you buy 50, they’ll cost you £14 each.
Final verdict: I enjoyed it a lot more than spinning (but not as much as Crossfit because I like to work with weights at my own pace and not in sync with everyone else)