There are few things that will get me out of bed before 9am on a Saturday, promise of food being one of those.. The other? The F45 ‘Hollywood’ class. It’s an intense, full-body workout that will push you to your limits and beyond what you thought you could ever achieve. You will sweat, you will question your sanity, but most of all, you will grin and love every second.
Originating in Australia, F45 is a functional training studio where each class lasts for 45mins (hence, Functional45) and offers a different style of training. Each day is dedicated to a certain class: Monday is MVP (cardio); Tuesday is Wingman (resistance); Foxtrot (military style cardio) on Wednesday; Thursday is Panthers (strength) and 22 or Templars (paired cardio) is on Friday! Each class is challenging and intense in its own way, but all are equally rewarding.
Hollywood (or more recently ‘West Hollywood’) is their Saturday class and at 60mins long, is definitely the sweatiest! With all back-to-back classes being fully booked almost every week, this is by far their most popular class. Most of the studios also have a resident DJ on site, helping everyone perform to their max.
The week then finishes on Sunday with Brixton (formerly Brooklyn) – a workout combining elements of boxing, combat and self-defence..
All classes at F45 operate in circuit format, moving between stations (or exercises) to a set work:rest time, all timed by numerous screens around the gym to help you keep track. In the weekday classes there are usually 9 stations, spending a minute on each one and broken down into 45secs work and 15secs rest; you then repeat each station 4 times. Not Hollywood though – here there are a gruelling 27 stations to work through before you have a 1min rest to grab some water before you do the circuit again! Scared? Don’t be! With the DJ’s beats, the trainers urging you on, your LionHeart heart rate monitor pushing you to work harder and your fellow F45 fitfam alongside you, the time flies by! Before you know it, you’ll be giving deliriously sweaty high-fives to everyone you can reach.
Working to a 45secs work:15secs rest ratio on a range of exercises means there won’t be a muscle untouched. As with all F45 classes, they will push not only your endurance and stamina, but also your strength, power, balance, agility and speed… a real full-body workout.
There are many reasons F45 is so widely loved and always booked up – along with the range of classes and different exercises every week, they offer something that is extremely rare in group classes; the personal touch. Each class has 2 dedicated, highly experienced personal trainers that give each person their undivided attention. They are there guiding you through the workout, correcting posture for optimal results and know when to push you that bit harder to ensure you are always improving and hitting those PB’s. They also set regular studio challenges. F45 isn’t just your regular gym class; it’s a movement. It’s a community of driven people supporting and pushing each other to be the best they can be. It’s the F45 family.
This is why, even after something as gruelling as their Hollywood class, everyone wipes the sweat from their brows, smiles and signs up for the next class. As F45 says; change doesn’t happen in your comfort zone. Why not join a class, take a step outside of that zone and see what you’re truly capable of?
CocoPro is currently stocked in the fridges at F45 Farringdon.