A couple years ago, when I was away from the London fitness scene for a while, I discovered Les Mills. BodyPump and BodyBalance were my moments of normality each week to work up a sweat, stretch and relax. Even though all my classes were in Finnish.
This weekend was when the Reebok Les Mills Live global tour hit London Excel and I was lucky enough to be invited along to check it all out…
The day was jam packed with classes across the venue, along with the Athlete Zone where you could watch classes, take part in challenges, shop the outfits and leave your bags. We (Bex & Jess (both of Twins in Trainers), Georgina (of Fitcetera) and I) started the morning off with a BodyPump class along with hundreds of other attendees after getting kitted out in our Reebok gear!
BodyPump is the class to build strength, get lean and get toned. Using a barbel with light to moderate weights and lots of repetition for a total body workout. I was taking it a little easy after being unwell for the past week but still managed to burn 430 calories in the session.
We then popped into a Sprint class – a high intensity interval training class on a bike. It was a little too much for me after BodyPump and not feeling 100% so I left the ladies to it and just chilled out for a bit!
Having worked up an appetite, it was time to take a break for lunch before checking out all the fun going on and having Charlie (of The Runner Beans) join us! …Cue, the selfie booth and a blogger pyramid…
My final session for the day was a GRIT Plyo class – a 30 minute HIIT plyometric based workout designed to make you perform like an athlete. This workout used a bench and a 5kg weighted plate combining explosive jumping exercises with agility training to increase explosiveness to build a lean and athletic body.
By this time, my tracker was low on battery so wouldn’t record the session! I absolutely loved the format of this class (it’s one that I could see myself teaching too!) and will be using it to inspire me when planning my home workouts this week!
If I’d of had the energy I would’ve stayed longer as I was keen to try BodyStep, BodyBalance and the classes I hadn’t ever heard of! …I’ve a sneaky suspicion the tour will be popping back up in Manchester later this year in addition to all their European and Worldwide dates!
Have you tried any of the Les Mills classes before?! What are your favourite classes to get your sweat on?!