Guilty Pleasure: The Kardashians
Fav Sweat It Session: Machine Guns
Love to hate Sweat It Move: Squat to press! Also have to say, I have a very complicated relationship with the incline round.
How long have you been training at SWEAT IT? For five months now
How many sessions do you come to a week? 1-2
What is your go-to SWEAT IT protein shake? Posh – got to get that caffeine in the morning!
What is the reason you choose to train at SWEAT IT over and above any other London studio?
I remember trying out quite a lot of different gyms at the start of the year, taking advantage of trials left, right and centre to try and find the right place for me.
I have a check list in my head of the things I need and no other gym in London provides every single one – trainers that both instruct and motivate (and even learn everyone’s name), great music, top of the range equipment (sled!), friendly staff and yummy shakes! I really have to say that a massive thing for me was the changing rooms – so many really beautiful gyms in the city are let down by their changing rooms. Yours are comfortable, spacious and you provide everything I need when I am getting ready.
Also, I have never been so dead after a class as I was after my first Machine Guns. I found it so tough I realised I needed to keep going back to improve in so many areas. Most classes elsewhere seem so easy now lol!
I only really do Kate’s class! So no shade to the other trainers at all but of course the answer is Kate. I think what kept me coming back to Kate’s class is that she pays attention to the progress of an individual. She will notice if I have gotten stronger, or faster or if my posture has gotten better. Week on week it will surprise me. She will say ‘Yes, Helen – that’s faster than last week!’ and I’ll be thinking ‘no idea how she remembers that but she's right!’
Also and probably most importantly, she plays banging tunes.
What are your key motivators that make you book into a class or get to a gym session?
If it is a class I haven’t been to before, if someone has told me I will be absolutely dead afterwards that is usually enough. I really like to think I am not going to make it through the class haha! If its one I have been to, the main motivators would be a friendly and motivational trainer (rather than just an instructor), good changing facilities and good music!
How long have you been actively training for or are you new to fitness?
I have been running for years but was completely new to everything else in January.
Are you training with any specific goals or upcoming events in mind?
I actually started coming to Sweat It because I was training for the Manchester Marathon. I kept getting really nasty runner’s knee and knew I needed to build up leg strength (and core strength…and arm strength……) And it really made the world of difference – I could notice the changes within such a short space of time as well. I have barely had a bad knee since starting coming to Sweat It and I used to get it so regularly. I imagine my next full won’t be until around Easter next year, but I am hooked now!
What would you most like to see transform in yourself?
Consistency I think in terms of pushing myself.
I want those dents in the back of your legs when you have big calfs and also a six pack and guns of steel (that’s all x)
What is one thing in the gym that is WAY out of your comfort zone and challenges you?
I find the sled so hard honestly I lose sleep thinking about it. Also I did a class with Sarah a while back and she was doing some stuff with the bands (like with your whole body inside the band) like jumping squats and stuff and that was totally new to me and so a little out of my comfort zone at first but absolutely loved it
What does the word ‘fitness’ mean to you?
I guess I start measuring fitness in any kind of real way once I leave the gym. Its not really about how many reps I can do. For me, my fitness has become just as much about my mental health as my physical health. I have been feeling less anxious and stressed since I started coming to the gym; all round I feel better and happier in myself. I have more energy in the afternoon – and I really noticed how rubbish I felt when I went on holiday and had to miss a class. The effects are lasting and carry over into every element of my life- and Sweat it makes me want to keep coming back.