Earlier this Summer, I popped along to a rooftop HIIT class. As you can imagine, the high energy boxing theme circuits was full on. Find out how I got on…
I know, not all of you love the idea of waking up first thing to go and do a rooftop high intensity interval session (HIIT) session. But I can assure you, even the least enthusiastic fans of exercise wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to do a workout when you’re in rooftop garden overlooking central London.
HIIT fans or London lovers alike come together every week for Wake Up London with John Lewis. At 7:30am every Tuesday and Thursday, a group of bleary eyed travellers, coming afar from London suburbia, travel to Regent Street to sweat and burn calories before starting a day in the office.
Workout with a view
We have had a truly incredible Summer here in the UK, so it was no surprise that the sun was out in full force when I dropped by the other week. As for the workout itself, the guys at HEX really made use of the beautiful terrace with a warm-up that incorporated running around the full space – jogging through beautifully curated plant pots and Summer house. Honestly, you have to see it to believe it!
The perfect combination of Boxing, Circuits and HIIT
One half of the group were given pads and gloves – throwing hooks, jabs, undercuts and knee ups to their brave opponent. There was some serious aggression which emerged at this point, love how cathartic boxing can be!
Meanwhile the other group had to complete a short circuit of intense upper body, including battle ropes, jump lunges and slamming ball throws. In true HIIT/Tabata style, we completed 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off x 8. With 1 min rest at the end. The workout had my attention throughout, I felt really focussed and determined to do more reps each time. This mindset clearly had some part to play in the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) that hit me for a good few days after! Probably not the best idea to do this a few days before the Osterley 10k..
You can find out a bit more about HEX Fitness on their website, where you can also secure your spot in the next class! Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday, £15 per class.
Benefits of HIIT
HIIT is great if you’re short on time but want to get the most of your workout. What I will say, if you’ve had a break from exercise or the exercises you do involve weights, then maybe switch to a reps-based workout instead just to make sure your technique is always right. Sometimes HIIT puts a bit of a rush on each exercise so you want exercises which you can start doing quickly and easily.