So last week I had the pleasure of being invited down to Speedflex Gym in Bank.
What makes SpeedFlex so different is that it its a cardio and resistance workout at the same damn time (2 Chains Voice).
SpeedFlex machines have a free motion bar which, unlike traditional resistance exercise machines, require users to apply force through an entire exercise, as opposed to force in one direction, followed by a controlled movement back to the starting position.
This means that even basic exercises become bigger and more complex as they require the use of opposite muscle groups.
Also, resistance on the machines is automatically adjusted in response to the force it receives from the person using it. So when you start to feel tired, (and Lord knows I did lol) the machine will adjust the resistance to maintain an individualised ideal workout.
They have 8 different classes which focus on different things:
Classic, Pureflex, Rolling, Bodyflex, Coreflex, Flextreme, SpeedFlex and Flex. You can find more information about the different classes at www.speedflex.com
Upon arrival, I was given an induction to the gym and then taken through a body composition test. My results where then explained to me and advice was given on how to improve.
Afterwards, I attended a 30 minute Speedflex class taken by the amazing Winston Johnson. This class is designed around the Tabata training method, the 30 minute sessions is structured around 4 minute blocks formatted in a variety of ways. Strength and cardio based with an emphasis on intensity. Some of the exercises completed on the hydraulic machine were military presses, clean and jerks, bent-over rows, squats etc.
The good thing was because the machine responds to the amount of force exerted on it, you can make the class as easy or as hard as you want, which came in handy when I felt fatigued. I forgot to mention that I was also wearing a heart rate monitor so my heart rate was splashed across screens all around the studio. This was a visual reminder of when to up theante, if my heart rate dropped below 85% of my maximum heart rate.
I’m not sure how many calories I burnt in particular but rumour has it that you can burn up to 1,000 calories per 45 minute session. I mean, to burn that many calories in such a short space of time is definitely a WIN!
Memberships start from £65 per month which I think is reasonable, considering its location and the fact that its a niche gym. I think its worth it, but if you don’t believe me , check it out for yourself as they offer free taster sessions.