I have to admit that Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to fitness, there’s practically a new studio opening every week! I’ve been focusing purely on running and yoga since January, so when my friend suggested the ‘METcore’ class at recent offering Form Studios, I thought it’d be fun to try a new challenge. With their first class free offer, it would have been rude not to!
If you’re wondering what the hell ‘METcore’ is you’re not the only one – I was similarly bemused. Here is the description given on their website:
Our brand new and exclusive workout concept METcore takes reformer pilates to the next level in a dynamic 50 minute workout. Designed to fit perfectly around your busy lifestyle, our classes are specifically structured to make the best of your precious time by combining the strength training of pilates and HIRT (High Intensity Resistance Training). Offering a ONE STOP SHOP for your fitness everything!
Founded by national tennis player and ex-dancer Elissa, this class gives a full body workout like no other. The whole pilates sequence is done on an elevated roller step which improves your balance and posture (disclaimer: I may have fallen off it a few times!)
The roller also has straps at the front which are attached to weights, so not only are you getting a cardiovascular workout, you’re also pumping iron at the same time – steady on, Arnie! The moves included leg lifts, bicep curls, core twists, and many, many squats.
The session ended with an 8-minute sequence of High Intensity Resistance Training, using four rounds of kettle bells, a skiing simulator, suspension training and the dreaded plank runs. I’ve not done many interval workouts before, and I loved how the short bursts made you feel as though you weren’t actually doing a full class. That was the first time around the stations. The second time? Much tougher. I could barely lift my feet off the ground doing squat jumps, which was a throwback to when I tried the Insanity workout. Just remembering it now makes my legs start tingling!
While there were a few small struggles for me, the class was definitely do-able and I’d want to go again to try and improve on my core and arm strength especially. What I really liked about this class was how intimate it was, with only four of us in a studio that holds eight at full capacity. At first I panicked, as I thought this meant I’d get singled out for giving up on my plank too early. It’s my nemesis, what can I say?! Elissa was so encouraging and positive though, and not in an annoying way! It’s now three days later, and I am still walking a bit bow-legged, which gives you an indication of how toning this class is, as well as how unprepared I was :p
Once I get used to the burn I’m sure I’ll go back for more! If you want to check it out for yourself, head to their website to book yourself in for a free intro session.
Image credit: Form Studios