In a bid to avoid injury during training for the London Marathon next April, I have started to incorporate strength training into my fitness routine.
As well as running four times a week, doing daily yoga, which my kids love to join in with, and barre class once a week, I have also added in a Pump FX class.
For a while I have been looking at joining a gym, but for the price, I just don’t think I’d use it as much as I should.
However, I recently discovered a funky little gym studio not far from where I live called Mission Fitness. I gave them a call to discuss what they could offer and I was pleased to hear that I could do their classes on a pay as you go basis. Perfect!
After discussing what I was looking for, a few classes were offered including Pump, FatBlast and Pilates. As I already do Barre class which incorporates elements of pilates, yoga and ballet, I decided against Pilates, and opted for Pump.
The Mission Fitness website says:
PumpFX, is a class that uses barbells to get a total body workout. More specifically, the barbells are used in conjunction with an extremely high repetition workout. People can expect to perform as many as 800 repetitions during a PumpFX workout
Eek, sounds scary right, but the lovely lady I spoke to on the phone reassured me that I’d survive! I have a good level of fitness, mainly cardio, but nevertheless, I felt optimistic.
Now, I always find it daunting walking into a new gym. I don’t know why. Perhaps because I expect everyone to be pally with one another leaving me shunned in a corner all on my own, or perhaps because I think I don’t look like someone who spends much time in a gym. Either way, I was actually pleasantly surprised when I arrived.
The receptionist was friendly, explained everything to me and the instructor was also great. What’s even more, is that I knew two people who there! This definitely made me feel better, especially when they both helped me out with recommendations on what weight to use. Thank you!
The class is 45 minutes long, and I loved every minute of it. The leg focused workout definitely burned, but I can certainly see how it will help improve strength. I also enjoyed focusing on areas of my body that usually get neglected such as my arms, shoulders and back.
I will definitely be returning to Pump class again!