WORKOUT REVIEW: 1REBEL'S 'RIDE'
It’s a rainy Saturday morning.
I'm up nice and early to attend a class at the London St Mary’s Axe branch of 1Rebel, a new breed of gym, priding itself on 3 core exercise classes- ‘Ride’, ‘Re-Shape’ and ‘Rumble’. Today i’ve chosen to take the former.
Upon arrival i’m given a HUGE fluffy towel and told to put on a pair of cleats (spinning shoes, I had to ask). I’m directed downstairs to pop my belongings into one of the lockers in the cavernous female changing room. I’m already beginning to get the sense that this gym is a little cooler than your normal run of the mill gym. The changing rooms are a pretty snazzy affair, with dedicated hair/make up stations, Cowshed toiletries, generously proportioned combination lockers and plentiful shower cubicles. There is even a miniature in-house hair salon stationed outside in the hallway. They’ve certainly spared no pennies when it comes to the interior.
Finally an announcement sounds through the speaker calling all ‘Rebels’ to the spinning studio. It’s not done in a cheesy way but in more of a way that shows they don’t take themselves TOO seriously- I enjoyed the comical touch.
‘Ride’, self professed by 1Rebel as 'spin's sexier, rebellious but badass sister’, lives up to the hype. Our cool and energised instructor Marieca welcomed us into class to the sound of jungle rhythms blaring through powerful speakers. The room is completely dark save a few matrix-like green spotlights sprung around the corners of the room. The instructor is dimly lit for the entire session by one solo spotlight, raised on a platform with several large screens that she uses to control the lights and music throughout the session.
The class itself is challenging but extremely satisfying. Set to an uber-cool high energy soundtrack, it’s divided into various sections that correspond with the tempo of the song. We make our way through a series of hill climbs, surges and sprints, with an arm weights session in between that left me feeling the buuurn! I take a moment to look back at the 50 something bikes behind me with riders all bobbing in the same synchronised movement. The sheer volume of people makes it look pretty cool. I'm not used to being in a room this large for a spinning class. Every now and then you’re lit by a spotlight for your 8 Mile-esque moment- sweat beads dripping from your forehead as you wipe it using a towel provided with your bike at the beginning of the session. I have to say I feel pretty bad ass when the light lands on me. I wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as I did- I booked in for another session the following day!
There’s no denying that the motivational energy is infectious here, with members coming out of classes left, right and centre all receiving high fives from their enthusiastic instructors. The people at the front desk are drinking the kool aid too- happy to help with any questions I had as a newcomer to the gym.
Overall it’s definitely one of the coolest gym experiences i’ve had here in London, and as a self confessed gym addict I have had my fair share. All of their classes are available on an ad hoc basis and also as part of a Class Pass membership- so it’s fairly easy to pop along and see what all the fuss is about!
The R & G Team
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