F45 gyms have been popping up all over Australia and all over social media. Until now, I knew very little about them or what their fitness programming was all about. Other than Hugh Jackman does it. Isn’t that enough?!
Guest blogger (and friend) Elyse Haines, explains it all here. And the reason she’s so knowledgable? Well, not only has she been working out F45-style for a matter of months, but is also about to open her very own (well, with her hubby and two business partners) F45 gym in the centre of Sydney, F45 Training Town Hall.
I’m going to give F45 a go at their opening day this Saturday (I’ll let you know how it goes) but in the meantime, over to Elyse, to tell us all about it….
Unless you have been living under a rock, you would almost have certainly heard of F45. F45 Training offers high intensity workouts and they are literally taking over Australia, and the world. So, what is this F45 Training that everyone is talking about? Here is some much-needed information so you are well equipped to talk the talk at the water cooler.
F45 (the F stands for Functional) is high intensity interval training (HIIT) offered in a group exercise setting. The sessions run mostly for 45 minutes, with a 60-minute killer called Hollywood once a week.
F45 offers ten different types of training systems including cardio-based, strength-based, boxing and more, all with cool names like Athletica, Romans, Brooklyn and Wingman. Each day is different, and even better, you will never repeat a workout, even if you attend every day for a year!
The high intensity workouts mean you train for a number of seconds, then rest for a (little) break, and then repeat. For instance; 30 seconds on & 30 off, or 40 seconds on & 20 off. This proven type of exercise aims to lift the heart rate and lower it again, assisting with fat burning as well as improving fitness.
The workouts themselves are appropriate for everyone, as you can push yourself as hard or as little as you want. From the fittest of the fit who want to be on the ground rolling around crying at the end, to the pregnant women hoping to keep their fitness up during the nine months, it really is the workout for all. All exercises can be scaled as needed. To make F45 even more appealing to everyone, there is no power lifting, technical lifts, or really anything too complex.
Another great aspect about F45 is it really creates and promotes a community feel. You don’t feel like you are working out alone and the rest of the members motivate and push you beyond what you think you can do. You end up training with a bunch of likeminded people, which ends up motivating you to attend more classes.
So, why did I decide to become involved?
I have always been a keen gym member and have attended many in the past. I met our co-owners and they were just so passionate about the story of F45, so I did my research and did a few classes and just thought, this is definitely the opportunity for me.
The passion you feel from all the other owners is overwhelming, yes they are running a business but they are having so much fun doing it! But not only that, I really felt like the type of exercise, along with the music, the community, and the general culture of the studios was one that achieves what it sets out to. This was something I could identify with strongly.
If you want to be challenged, have fun and meet awesome people whilst working out and shedding those kilos, F45 really does deliver on all these things.