Last weekend I headed to Core Collective, Kensington for a sample of the new studio’s classes with 39 fitness bloggers. I tried my first ever spin class (yes, it really has taken me this long!!) as well as a circuit class on the rig which involved TRX exercises, kettlebells, sprinting against a resistance band and sled pushes – not the easiest when you’ve done a chest & triceps workout 24 hours before!
I’m not usually a huge fan of cardio classes, but I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed spinning. The classes take place in a small room with a fabulous sound system and lighting to pump you up, and the bikes themselves have electronic screens which makes it really easy to choose the right resistance setting and see just how hard you’re working – completely different from the basic bikes I’ve seen in other studios. You’re also provided with a sweat towel on arrival, which was definitely needed – the room was very warm and after a few minutes I did feel a little like I was in a sauna!The modern studio is on a quiet road just off High Street Kensington and is perfectly located for a day out in West London: the beautiful changing rooms offer hair straighteners, fluffy towels and all the space you need to transform from very sweaty mess to relaxed and ready to enjoy an afternoon in Hyde Park or sampling healthy food in the nearby Whole Foods. We were treated to post-workout shakes from Neat Nutrition and incredibly generous goody bags containing samples from organisers and fellow bloggers Rachel (@_Pigtorig) and Louise (@Lu_de_lux)’s favourite healthy brands, including refreshing Upbeat smoothies and a three meal Paleo food box from Mindful Chef UK (check out my Instagram page to see how my meals turned out!).
After a quick tupperware lunch, I joined the lovely ladies from Sweat & Swagger to walk down the road to Olympia for my second workout of the day, Kayla Itsines’ live Bikini Body Guide bootcamp.
I’ve followed Kayla on Instagram for over a year now and still add at least one of her 28-minute high intensity resistance workouts into my routine each week. 28 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but when you’re alternating burpees, weighted walking lunges and squat jumps for seven continuous minutes each second feels like an hour. Joining hundreds of ladies for a free, no-equipment workout was incredibly inspirational and reminded me just how hard I can push myself when I’m truly motivated – something to remember on a grey midweek morning!