London gym Frame expanded even further this month by introducing us to their new addition, in Victoria.
I had no clue what to pick from their enormous offerings, the first thing that struck me was the abundance and range of classes. It’s hard to think of another gym that offers such diversity. Classes include the expected Pilates, Hiit and Kettlebells to 80’s aerobics and MTV style dance classes. So, I took one for the team and chose the class I thought I would find the hardest. Reformer Pilates. Hardest why? Because I don’t like things that require me to be bendy.
I am not a bendy person, for two reasons.
- I probably don’t stretch enough.
- I barely attend any Yoga and Pilates classes because I prefer to be running around, sweating madly and picking up heavy things.
However, one of my aims this year has been to implement more flexibility work into my routine for the benefit of mind and body so I thought why not?
The Reformer is the name of the machine you actually do the Pilates on, it looks like a torture device and I stole this description off the internet to make it clearer. “The reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. Attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame”.
First things first. The staff at Frame are awesome. Which is important to highlight because I think that’s something bigger gym chains need to remember. The experience of trying a gym for the first time relies very heavily on customer service and you can’t fault Frame. Even their marketing emails sound friendlier than most!
I won’t lie, I took one look at the Reformer machine and wondered why I hadn’t decided on throwing heavy Kettlebells around instead. The springs, the handles, the strange straps all intimated me massively. I just prayed the person next to me knew what she was doing so I could copy her!
Luckily, our instructor Suru was an absolute babe and gave us a clear tour of the equipment. Once I realised that it’s not quite as complicated as I had thought, I was excited to start! We were led through a 50 minute session of toning and stretching. Some exercises were completely alien to me, and some fond favourites. Core exercises for example, were implemented with the resistance of the machine for extra burn! It gives you the option to challenge yourself by adding even more resistance using the springs, so I enjoyed that aspect. The pace of the class was spot on and as you are constantly being reminded about your breath, your brain never wanders out of the room.
The common misconception about Pilates, is that it’s easy. You hold positions such a lunge, deeper and for longer than you usually would in order to strengthen and lengthen the muscles. I’m writing this post two days on, and my glutes are still aching. There’s nothing easy about that!
If you are looking to shake up your usual routine, and inject some spice into your workouts then I would highly recommend Frame. It’s bold and brave. Definitely taking my 1st place spot of favorite gyms in London.