Last week I tried out the latest in Sweaty Betty’s #GetFit4Free campaign – professional dancer turned personal trainer, fitness model and ultra runner, Annie Foulds’ specially designed class “Fly Flex Flow”. Designed to be a full body workout the class incorporates a cardio section (Fly), strength and conditioning work (Flex), and a stretch out and cool down created in partnership with yogi, Jo Arthur (Flow).
I previously wrote about how I missed out on a blogger event due to train problems, but the lovely people at Sweaty Betty booked me in to a class at the Islington Store so I could get my GetFit4Free fix!
Taking the class was personal trainer Petra Duguid (@petralooks on Instagram). She’s taught run club at Sweaty Betty for a while now and loves her Sweaty Betty classes so much she travels into London from her country home for them every week.
We started with a run from the store to a local park, where we did a dance inspired warm-up. I’m not very good at looking graceful but gave it my best shot. We then did some skipping and sprints for a cardio burn. Starting with 30 seconds of skipping and 90 seconds of sprints, then 60:60, and finally 90:30.
On the run back to the store I got chatting to Barney who has been going to GetFit4Free classes for over a year now. She usually attends yoga and pilates themed classes and had been too nervous to run outside in the past, but with Fly Flex Flow she overcame a hurdle and got outside for a run for the first time. Barney loves the GetFit4Free campaign and has made friends through the classes, as well as trying things she’s never done before.
When I asked her if the classes made her more likely to buy Sweaty Betty kit she said yes, but that it doesn’t feel as though it’s just a marketing ploy, “the classes benefit everyone so it can only be a good thing”.
By the time we’d jogged back to the store it had been transformed into a studio with mats and hand weights laid out for us all. We did a combination of supersets (two-three movements performed back to back) that incorporated the whole body – squats, lateral raises, bicep curls, etc. all performed to the beat of the music. We then went into a sequence of core exercises, including planks, glute bridges, etc. I’m used to working with heavier weights, but the repetition and also some pulses on the shoulders and glutes definitely gave me a burn.
Last up was the Flow section, with yoga movements and stretching following by a relaxation portion in Savasana, which is the inspiration for the campaign’s official tee (I definitely need to get myself one of these!).
Overall the class was really fun. Each section allowed you to work at your own level, my only criticism would be there was no option of heavier hand weights, however if you do the workout at home (via the podcast, here) then you can always add in your own progressions as you see fit.
I loved the combination of cardio, strength and conditioning, and the chill out at the end. But most of all, I loved the community feel of the class – everyone made me feel so welcome and I really feel as though, if I went regularly, I’d really make some good friends.
The FlyFlexFlow campaign ends on 17th Feb so you need to act fast if you want to attend any of the in-store classes, however you can still do the class at home via the above link to the podcast if you do miss out.
To find out more about Sweaty Betty’s GetFit4Free campaign go to their website, here. There are also tons of photos tagged with #SBFlyFlexFlow on social media – join in the conversation, be sure to use it on your posts about the class too!