Luxurious gym Equinox in Kensington is home to the latest fitness trend; “Whipped” is a high intensity class with nowhere to hide. Utilising the infamous Battle Ropes, along with Kettlebells, ViPR, medicine balls and more, the class promises a fun but challenging full body workout.
I joined some other lucky ladies from the Fitness Writers’ Association to take part in a trial of the class before the FWA Spring Networking Event, and came out of it feeling well and truly Whipped!
I’ve wanted to try out the Battle Ropes in training for a long time so couldn’t wait for the class to start. As we stood in the studio waiting for the class to start I picked up one of the ropes and whispered to Emma (Action PR) “It’s ok, they’re not heavy”… I definitely spoke too soon!
The room was split into five distinct training zones, with two stations in each zone for exercises such as Bosu squats, stability ball planks, ViPR side lunges, and push-ups and dips. We paired up ready to start. We had 2 x 30 second intervals on each station before moving on to the next zone, with an opportunity to use the Battle Ropes at two of the zones.
The studio was organised chaos as we started the session with music pumping and Rory, our instructor, giving encouragement and a little extra push throughout. It soon became clear that the Battle Rope I had picked up before the class was actually the “light” version, which believe me after 30 seconds of use certainly did not feel light!
As we got to the last station Rory announced that we would have a 60 second break before doing it all over again! Emma and I looked at each other in disbelief – we had given it our all first time round! Somehow we made it through the second round, with a little sweat and a lot of determination.
I absolutely loved Whipped, and if Equinox was a little closer to home it would definitely be a staple in my training week.
If you’d like to try it for yourself, head on over to Equinox’s website at http://www.equinox.com/clubs/Kensington and take a look at their timetable and memberships.
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