Monday, 7 March 2016
Face Up Fitness: Speedflex – High Intensity Circuit Training But Not As You Know It
Take squats. They’re fantastic for sculpting the booty but to get results in the shortest time possible you’ll need to sit deep as you descend (with knees in line with your feet ), driving your heels into the ground, squeezing on the glutes, and NOT letting your knees bow in as you do it. Yep, there’s a lot to think about when it comes to exercise, whether that be in a group class environment or flying solo in the weights room, and it’s all too easy to get things a bit wrong.
Exercising safely, correctly and with maximum calorie burn is what Speedflex is all about. Speedflex is a 30-45 minute circuit-based, low-impact HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) programme I have been trying out for the past couple of weeks.
There are six Speeedflex centres dotted around the UK, including one in the City of London (a stone’s throw from Cannon Street) where I have been going, with new ones in the pipeline - Southampton opened earlier this month.
What’s Different About it?
There are seven different workouts to choose from, including Classic, Coreflex and the toughest Flextreme. I’ve tried the first two so far.
What Do I Think?
The addition of the heart-rate monitor is a motivator. I burnt around 450 calories during each session – I have no idea how many I burn at the gym, but I do know that I don’t train as hard (you don’t need a fitness tracker to work that out!).
The downside for me is the lack of centres – the other four are located in Newcastle, Leeds, Surrey and Aberdeenshire. So, the geographic coverage is quite limited. Speedflex London costs £99/month peak membership and £69/month off-peak (9-12pm, and 2-5pm).
Packages are also available – a single visit is £15 and book of 10 £130 (to be used in 3 months). A ‘no obligation’ induction including health assessment and two week membership (all free) is also available. More on Speedflex here.
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