Primal Series 'Core' at LA Fitness
What I say: With the name of the class being 'Core', I was expecting a full on abs blast, but little did I know that class would actually work the whole body from the neck to the toes - apparently essential for developing a strong core overall. Seemingly it's not quite as simple as doing 100 sit ups for abs of steel - I don't know if that's a relief or not!
What we did: The class was set up into 6 different stages, with each person working at a different zone before moving on to the next.
With the exercises being performed as a circuit, your body was kept under pressure at all times. To add even more intensity, there a 30 second 'surge' exercise performed in between each station - which could be anything from crunches, to squats, to press ups... not so fun when you'd just finished the chest set on the bosu ball!
Not an instructor I'd seen in the gym before, but I hope to see some more of him! He was very clear in his explanations of the slightly more unusual exercises, and was also great at explaining some alternative exercises I could do so that I could still participate fully in the class despite my injury.
As I've said before, LA Fitness doesn't quite compete with the luxury toiletries offered in some of the boutique gyms I've reviewed, but at the end of the day it's a gym - not a beauty parlour! So as much as I like my Malin & Goetz toiletries, LA Fitness focus on what a gym should... a great workout!
Value for Money: 9/10
This is where LA Fitness really comes up top. Offering different membership levels at varying rates, prices begin at only £30 a month. Given this includes full access to the gym, swimming pool, and a timetable packed full of classes, it's fantastic value, especially taking into consideration many of the boutique classes around London will cost you £20 -£30 for a single hours session.
Of course! Having now tried 'Strength' and 'Core' from the exclusive LA Fitness Primal Series program, I've still to give 'Renew', 'Perform' and 'Conditioning' a shot. Watch this space!