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Ropes at the ready – we feel the burn with an innovative, high-intensity circuit workout

At a glance

What’s the concept?

A high-intensity 45-minute circuit using battle ropes, the VIPR, BOBU balls and hand weights

How much is it?

The class is only open to members of Equinox. Monthly membership $270

Difficulty?

Whipped! Is aimed at all fitness levels, but steel your nerves for a tough session!

Sick of logging it out on your own in the gym? Go for a group class for a motivational boost and friendly competition. So far, so straightforward… but what if we said to try a class with ropes that definitely aren’t for skipping? These battle ropes are more tug of war than skip in the park!

Working the battle ropes is a challenge

Working the battle ropes is a challenge

Whipped! An exciting new circuit class at high-end London gym Equinox, brings together the best elements of high intensity circuits, ramping up your cardio capacity while blasting fat, using a great range of equipment.

The background

The class is designed to get your heart rate soaring to burn fat while sculpting you from head to toe in the most time- efficient way. Our instructor Rory explained that, unlike steady state workouts, intense bursts of exercise help put your fat loss in the fast lane. Sounds good, right? So if you want to change your body for the better, the Whipped! Class is the perfect place to start.

‘Holding a rope in each hand, we slammed them to the ground and swung them from side to side’

You work to your body’s maximum capacity in 30 seconds, doing as many reps, using good form, as you can. The circuit is cleverly designed so you work a different muscle group with each exercise, and simultaneously push your fitness to its limit.

The circuit is cleverly designed so you work a different muscle group with each exercise, and simultaneously push your fitness to its limit

The circuit is cleverly designed so you work a different muscle group with each exercise, and simultaneously push your fitness to its limit

The class

Rory led a dynamic warm-up involving a quick jog around the room, followed by exercises like high knees and jumping jacks.

We were then paired up and allocated a fitness station. As usual in circuits, each pair circled the room in a clockwise direction, performing high-octane exercises at each station for 30 seconds before moving to the next exercise. By the end of the class, we’d visited each station four times.

My partner and I began in plank position on our forearms, pushing up onto our hands. The aim was to do these plank transfers as many times as possible within 30 seconds.

Holding a rope in each hand, we slammed them to the ground, making small rippling waves, and swung them from side to side.

Holding a rope in each hand, we slammed them to the ground, making small rippling waves, and swung them from side to side.

Next, we moved to the battle ropes, which posted the biggest challenge of all the exercises. Holding a rope in each hand, we slammed them to the ground, making small rippling waves, and swung them from side to side.

This was followed by a whole host of exhausting moves, from V-sits holding a 3kg dumbbell to barbell rows while wobbling on a BOSU ball. The class ended with another speedy jog around the room, followed by a series of stretches to ease our shaking muscles.

Louise’s verdict

If you’re bored of the same old workouts, this class is brilliant. Yes, it’s punishing, but the fact that the exercises are short and sharp is a big draw. Our trainer was a great motivator and helped spur us on – even when our arms felt like they were about to fall off! There’s no denying the class is challenging but it’s also fun and there’s no risk of getting bored. We’ll be back!

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