1Rebel, Reshape: The Lowdown
Written 1 December, 2015.
I haven’t been to a new class in a while, so thought I would try out all singing, all dancing, proclaimed ‘King of Gyms’ 1Rebel. Having already been to 1Rebel’s spin classes, I went for their ‘Reshape’ class and here’s the lowdown.
FORMAT: It’s a darkly lit, music and adrenaline pumping class where you either start on a treadmill or on a box on the floor with weights, and you do intervals of exercise switching between the two and targeting particular muscle groups…sound familiar?! Putting it out there now, the class is VERY similar to Barry’s Bootcamp, so I’m going to do a few comparisons. One major difference I noticed was that we used the wood-way treadmills on ‘dynamic’ mode at one point in the class which means the treadmill isn’t turning for you and all power has to come from your own legs. We also used the treadmills for planking on and pull ups, which was a new experience for me and mixed things up a bit.
LENGTH: 45 minutes long, which I thought was about right - I’ve found 60 minute classes elsewhere that bit too long for such an intense workout as this one.
HOW MANY PEOPLE: Around 40 people, half on a treadmill and half on the floor boxes. Bizarrely, I didn’t see a single guy in the morning class I attended so I wondered if the name of the class attracts more of a female demographic. Having been back a few times since, I still stand by that view.
INSTRUCTORS: I’ve only attended Reshape twice, and the instructors were great. They are encouraging and boosting without being shouty/military, which I have mentioned before is my preferred personal style (the encouraging one, not shouty one!). I was shown the ropes when I said I was a newbie and I wasn’t made to feel like a complete dunce.
YOU WILL LIKE IT IF YOU LOVE: Barry’s Bootcamp, obviously. If you like 1Rebel’s other high energy classes (spin and boxing) and being in an uber cool gym environment then it’s likely you’ll dig this class.
SWEAT FACTOR: 5/5. This is a seriously intense workout which left me sweating a lot. I probably found the treadmill sessions harder when I went to Barry’s but I think I might be a bit fitter than I was a few months ago when I wasn’t running too much, and also the Reshape class is a bit shorter. I attended an upper body focussed session which really challenged me, but the exercises changed quickly enough that they didn’t become unbearable.
VALUE FOR MONEY: Classes are £20 a pop which is super expensive but the norm on the London fitness scene. Classes get slightly cheaper the more you buy and although you arguably get more value for money at Barry’s where classes are 60 minutes, at 1Rebel you can use your sessions across their three class types which is a big bonus. There’s also a lunchtime deal where the class is shorter but you get a free smoothie thrown in. First class is a tenner but be warned if you book and have to cancel, you have a pretty tight timeframe to re-book in.
LOCATION: Perfect for City goers as there is one under the Gherkin and then oddly, one just down the road in the Broadgate Circle. Having a branch next to a station is a MASSIVE plus point for me as you know you can get in and out really quickly.
CHANGING ROOMS: The changing rooms look absolutely divine and based on style, they can’t be faulted. The ones in the Broadgate branch are very spacious and there was a wealth of products (moisturiser, cleanser, hair spray etc.) available, as well as hairdryers and straighteners with loads of mirror space and even a large section where you could iron your garms. My big grumble would be that there are six showers so having 40 ladies running out of a class at 8.15 am all desperate to get to work by 9 is not conducive to a great start to the morning. It can’t always be helped but standing in a towel in a queue which snaked through the whole changing room for 15 minutes this morning (seriously long!) was pretty frustrating. This is always going to be an issue in central London where space is at a premium but when you are a studio where clients don’t go for ad hoc sessions and are always going to be coming out of classes at the same time, six showers is probably not quite enough. I personally wouldn’t go in the morning again because of this.
To moan further, the lockers look cool but as with all lockers where people don’t have to bring their own padlock, there are invariably going to be loads which have been left locked and the next person can’t get in and has to leave their stuff unsecured. The lockers sit directly on the changing spaces so there is a bit of pushing someone else’s stuff around to get your locker open which is a bit of a faff.
THE VERDICT: This is such a great class if you want a full on work out and you like to mix things up between the tread and weights. The music, instructor and lighting were all on-point and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked the way the weights were stored under the boxes so you didn’t have to muck around at the start and end of class, and you could swap halfway to a lighter one if you needed to. However, I would have preferred facing a mirror in the weights section so I could keep an eye on form. If you want to try out this style of class but you are worried about how hard it will be, this one is probably less scary as it comes without the ‘bootcamp’ style, and while you’re there you can check out the other classes on offer. Definitely a firm favourite of mine now.