I had such a fun experience a couple of weeks ago (I can say fun now but it wouldn;t have been how I described it at the time, but cool none the less). I had a training session with Skinny Rebel UK in the swanky Conrad St James Hotel in London, through Train Dirty London. I love the brand idea of strong not skinny and that the workout is for women rebelling against skinny – hence the name.
You might have seen a few of these pictures floating around on social media of people exercising with Bane / Hannibal masks on – altitude training my friends! The sessions was an hour long and it included you wearing the altitude training masks for as much of the workout as I could. It feels a bit strange at first, kind of when you go snorkelling (if that makes sense) and takes a few minutes to get your breathing right and feel happy with it. The point of the mask is to reduce the amount of oxygen you can breath is, as if you were training at altitude. This then affects your muscles as less oxygen gets to them to recover and affects your body in that your heart rate increases quicker, making you overall work harder, burn more fat and get fit.
You don’t need lots of room for the workout but it really puts you through your paces. A mixture of body weight exercises like squats, as well as kettlebell workouts, boxing and plyometric work (who knew crawling back and forth across the room on feet and hands would hurt so much)?! It is a bloomin’ good workout though and really made me aware of how much I don’t push myself when I exercise, and with the mask, made me really aware of how much I need to work on my breathing too – so essential, particularly for running which is how I exercise the most.
My training session was with Dean and he was brilliant. I’m sure I was the most unfit person he will have trained at one of these types of sessions but he was really encouraging and kept me going. He adapted the session to me as well, after seeing what I could and couldn’t do and was really professional and made me feel at ease.
If I lived in central London I would certainly consider doing these sessions again regularly. It really mixes up your exercise and it is so helpful having someone to report to and be accountable too – I think personal trainers are definitely worth the money. A full 6 week skinny rebel package includes 12 x 45 minute, high intensity, full body altitude workout sessions and is £420 per person (1 x skinny rebel session is £40 per person).
What do you think to this training idea? You would certainly see results. I felt so good afterwards too as I rarely work this hard when I’m left to my own devices!
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*I was offered a session in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Wow that sounds like a killer and I love a beasting when it comes to the gym! Hard core. There is nothing like someone yelling at you to make you work though eh? xx #bloggingtojogging
seriously – I would always get so much more done haha
Goodness me that sounds tough going! (And expensive to be honest!) but if it works, and it sounds like it would, then it would be worth every penny and drop of sweat! #bloggingtojogging
yes, it has to be a priority to make it worth the money doesn’t it? If only! thanks for stopping by x
Ooh this sounds interesting. I live far too far away to be able to do it but it sounds like it really made you work hard. 🙂
most certainly did!!
Goodness the mask looks a bit much! #TriedTested
My mummy is the most unfit person ever! I think one of these sessions would kill her! It’s good that you feel you’ve worked harder with the mask on….it does look a bit scary though 😉 A tad expensive for us x #TriedTested x
This sounds right up my street, I’d love to give this a go! It looks great and it’s always good to feel like you’ve been pushed. If they were a bit closer and a lot cheaper I’d probably think of giving it a go. #bloggingtojogging
Jade from http://www.raisingtherings.com x
Wow! I’m not sure I could manage the mask – I have quite severe asthma so my lung function is already shot to bits! I can totally see the point behind it though!
Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x