When you get offered the chance to attend one of London’s hottest new fitness studios for a workout, hear one of your fitness idols speak as part of a panel discussion, network with London’s fit female community and take home an amazing goodie bag, you don’t pass it up! Which is why last Thursday 11th June I went along to the UK Women’s Health #Sweatwork event at 1Rebel.
I have been dying to go to 1Rebel since it opened earlier this year, so this seemed like the perfect excuse. My gorgeous sporty sister @fitness_and_the_city and I met in the City (in the sunny shadow of the Gherkin no less) and headed inside for an unforgettable and inspirational evening.
I loved everything about 1Rebel – well designed, with two customised workout studios – one for “Ride” (spinning) and one for “Reshape” (bootcamp style) classes and an amazing Roots and Bulbs cafe on site, I can see why people are already addicted to their hardcore group fitness workouts – we took part in a 45 minute ride class with Tiago and I left euphoric and dripping with sweat (not to mention saddle sore for about 4 days afterwards!). Being honest, spin is not usually my thing, I much prefer to vary my workouts and during the warm up track I did worry that the next 44 minutes were going to drag, but the darkness, disco lights, thumping bassline and most importantly hugely motivational coaching from our instructor kept me pushing right to the end of the ride, and wondering when I could do it all again! A quick shower in the large, clean and industrial themed showers (with every beauty product you could possibly want at your fingertips), it was time to grab our dinner from Leon (for me vegetarian quinoa salad and a chocolate orange brownie, which I am still daydreaming about now) and a coconut water from Roots and Bulbs and enjoy the panel discussion. And what a line up Women’s Health put on for us – one of the founders of 1Rebel, Giles Dean, The Detox Kitchen’s Lily Simpson (who announced that they will be opening a bigger premises in Central London very soon – yay!) and international fitness superstar Kayla Itsines, all chaired by the editor of Women’s Health UK. As a the owner of a small London based fitness business the talk couldn’t have been more perfect and I was so inspired to hear everyone’s stories about how they started in the fitness industry, and the lessons they have learned along the way. Kayla in particular struck a chord with me when she talked about being happy as a personal trainer and not necessarily looking for more – but that her partner Toby really pushed and motivated her to release her now worldwide phenomenon Bikini Body Guides. As an aside, I often flit between being incredibly happy with Wildcat Fitness as a Personal Training business in its own right and my frankly amazing and dedicated clients, and then wanting Wildcat to be something bigger and better and move away from 1:1 PT sessions….. so hearing how she pushed herself to do more and a result has helped literally tens of thousands of women around the world really hit home for me.
According to the brilliant team on the night, Women’s Health plan to make the #Sweatwork events a regular thing – so if you get the chance to go I cannot fail to recommend it. A brilliant workout, an hugely motivational talk, gorgeous food and fresh juices and a goodie bag literally stuffed full of healthy treats and beauty must haves – and all in the company of London’s finest fit females. Time to get sweatworking!