In this gym series, I try out a range of London classes to find you the very best around the city, starting off with Covent Garden. Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting about my top three gym classes in the area.
This week: Gymbox
T H E G Y M
The faint sound of the bass in the distance carries itself up the steps and into the reception area. As we walk down it gets louder and louder as we’re swallowed up into the underground gym in an open plan dark room lit by neon lights. The setting is perfect for the Rave class we are about to attend.
The music comes from a live DJ booth set up right in the middle of the multi-level gym area, setting a steady beat for the workouts. A large screen displays motivational messages such as, “Remember: muscles are torn in the gym, fed in the kitchen and built in bed.”
Overlooking it all, is a separate dark room with a huge glass wall – this will be where our class takes place. The whole atmosphere is energising and inspiring as well as carrying an element of fun in the neon designs and classes available. Just a few of the fun classes include: Surfset Yoga, Aerial Pilates, Bunny Bootcamp, Drill Sergeant, Caveman, Ghetto Zumba and Ibiza Retreat. These classes are just the tip of the iceberg, there are plenty more.
T H E C L A S S : R A V E
“This is the one to go to if you can’t wait for the weekend to start: an explosion of energetic dance and rave moves to uplifting music with laser light show and glow sticks. Come on you cheesy quavers!!! Big fish, little fish, cardboard box…”
Rave was so much fun! It sounded a little intimidating at first as the thought of dancing whilst trampolining seemed like an accident waiting to happen. But, I’m happy to reassure you that nobody fell off – not even my sister whose balance often betrays her.
The class was led by a very toned instructor, Siân Deia, who provided the perfect example of what a dance lesson could do for you. Glowsticks in hand, we started off with simple jumps and swinging arms from side to side to get ourselves going with the music.
Siân led us through a series of repetitive dance moves, gradually building them up into a whole routine, all the while jumping on our mini trampolines. Don’t let this scare you away, the moves are very simple to follow and a lot of fun! And if you’re really worried about messing up or looking stupid, the room is kept dark anyway so no one will notice a minor slip up.
The 45 minute class flew by and Siân did well to motivate us throughout, at times running over to drum my trampoline and shout, “Give me more, give me more, give me more!” I only realised how tired I was once I got off the trampoline for our cool down stretches.
All in all, a very enjoyable class and I recommended it to my friend (a Gymbox member) straight away. She’d had her doubts about her dance abilities but if I can do it, anyone can!
M E E T T H E I N S T R U C T O R
How would your friends describe you in three words?
Confident, sassy and fun
How did you become a Rave instructor?
I’ve always wanted to teach for Gymbox, and when I heard they were looking for more Rave instructors I had to go to the training! As soon as I learnt about the class concept I knew I would love it, and I do!
What are some of your other passions?
I’m a professional actress and was recently in the musical The Lion King so being on stage in front of people is a passion as well as a career. I’ve always been passionate about teaching and showing women how they can feel more confident within themselves so doing what I do outside the gym allows me to do both at the same time.
What are your top tips for staying fit and healthy?
What you eat is 80% responsible of retaining the shape you want. You can get results by just knowing when and what to eat at the right time! I’m a naturally active person so I find going to the gym a fun thing to do. But for those who don’t, mixing up classes with just a general workout is the best thing to do. I’d say going to the gym 3 times a week is a decent amount, mixing it up with cardio and weights.
Drinking loads of water is the best way to get rid of tummy fat, along with a healthy eating plan. Carbs after a work out, not before. The body burns food better after you train.
Lean in 15 is my personal bible and I would recommend that book to anyone as I’m a fussy eater myself!
How do you keep yourself motivated?
That’s a hard question as I’m naturally motivated to better myself constantly, but I always have a goal, whether it’s a holiday, an online squat challenge ( which are amazing by the way), a dress I’ve seen.. I always have an image in my mind whilst I’m working out. Those days where I really don’t feel like a hard workout I do a class, swim, yoga or something to take my mind off the fact I’m working out. That always works for me.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Cheesy chips and milkshakes.
If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Be yourself. Copying is boring. Individuality is fabulous.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now where would you go?
I’d love to go to Salvador in Brazil for the carnival, or anywhere in the Caribbean.
Defining moment of your career so far?
Getting messages from people I don’t know telling me how I’ve inspired them to keep going. It can’t get better than that.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Whenever you come across anyone who does something better than you, stand next to them, feed off their energy, and you both will rise together.
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