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Your First-timer’s Guide to F45 – the Aussie Workout that’s Gone Global
If you don’t know what F45 is, it may just look like a typo but in fact, it’s the Aussie workout sensation that’s as gritty and gruelling as group exercise gets.
Celebrities such as Nicole Richie and homegrown Made In Chelsea starÂ Binky FelsteadÂ all applaud the fitness routine.
The founder of The Mummy Tribe fitness retreats and previousÂ Women’s Healthcover star, Felstead told us how F45 is a key part of her workout routine.
‘I go to F45 most mornings,’ she says in herÂ WHinterview, referencing the Fulham, Kingston and Oxford Circus branches of the group circuit franchise. ‘It’s idiot-proof. You turn up, they show you what you have to do and you smash it out in 45 minutes.’
As to why she’s such a fan? ‘It sets me up for the rest of the day, I’m in the best mood ever â happy endorphins flowing.’
The 28-year-old mother of one (Binky shares daughter India, age one, with ex-boyfriend and formerÂ MICÂ co-star, Josh ‘JP’ Patterson) isn’t the only advocate of the Aussie fitness phenomenon.
What is F45?
The concept is super simple. Every F45 studio in the world runs the exact same 45-minute class each day, which incorporate functional movements that are designed to target fat loss and help to build and maintain lean muscle mass.
These alternate between HIIT-style cardio, strength training, or a no-nonsense hybrid mixture of the two (for when youâre feelingÂ reallyÂ fit).
Here’s what you need to know about F45.
What is functional training?
Functional training relates to a workout that mimics the movements you use everyday. Think squatting, lifting, pulling, pushing, jumping and twisting.
âMovements that support a personâs ability to complete everyday activities, from walking up the street to picking up a box off the floor,â says Haydn Elliott, who co-ownsÂ F45 Oxford CircusÂ with business partner Tristan Smith.
What do the F45 workouts offer?
No two workouts are the same. By varying the exercise type and the number of exercise stations, as well as the work time and rest time, each F45 session promises to provide a challenging workout that constantly pushes your body to the limit.
âEach session, whether itâs resistance, cardio, or a hybrid, hits every single muscle group,â says Elliott. âBy spreading that volume throughout the week, rather than targeting singular muscle groups on certain days, you can train at a better standard without putting your body through unnecessary stress.â
Two (or more) personal trainers are on hand at every class to demonstrate each and every exercise before the warm-up, keep motivation rocketing as you work your way through the stations, correct your form, and offer alternatives for members who want or need them.
âEvery single movement can easily be regressed and progressed for each individual,â Elliott explains. âThis means people of all levels can be in the same room together working to their full capability. That takes away the âintimidationâ factor for beginners, which is a beautiful thing.â
âHow will I ever remember whatâs coming next,â youâre thinking. F45 has a solution for that. TV screens are dotted around the studio to guide you through the workout, previewing each exercise in gif format, counting down the work period for each station, and indicating when to move on (or rest!).
How many calories do you burn doing F45?
Well, that depends on how hard you work, and itâs important to rememberÂ calorie burnÂ is unique. If you give it your all, the short answer is: loads. OneÂ WHÂ stafferâs heart rate monitor once recorded 700 calories in a 45 minute session.
Not sure whether to go forÂ runningshoes or weight lifting trainers? Go for flat-soled gym shoes, particularly on resistance days; a raised heel will throw your form off and could lead to injury. Avoid zips, as theyâll dig in during floor work â hereâs our pick of theÂ best gym leggings for sweaty workouts.
In many studios, workout towels and shower towels are provided, but itâs worth checking in beforehand. Elliottâs top tips for making the most of each sweat sesh? âNumber one, leave your pride at the door,â he advises. âNumber two, attack each set. Number three, use aÂ LionheartÂ to keep yourself accountable during and after the session.â
What is the F45 8 week challenge?
Lauded and feared in equal measure (just kidding), the eight week challenge delivers admittedly impressive before-and-after photos.
The challenge runs four times across the course of the year, and requires its participants to work out at F45 at least five times a week for eight weeks, while at the same time following a meal plan created by nutritionists at F45 HQ, which is set out in a downloadable app.
âIf you follow the nutrition plan and train hard, you can get into the best shape youâve ever been in,â Elliott says. âWhen people complete the eight week challenge, they come out of it with a huge deal of self-confidence that carries into all other areas of their life.â
Why should I join an F45?
Itâs not all about the calorie burn. It sounds cheesy, but each F45 studio is set up to encourage a lifestyle overhaul by fostering a genuine sense of camaraderie. The personal trainers get to know each member on first-name terms. Post-workout high fives are obligatory. Each studio has its own dedicated online community, and end-of-challenge nights out are commonplace.
âBeing a member eases your transition into a healthier, better-balanced lifestyle,â Elliott advises. âNot just for people coming into fitness for the first time, but also for people who have done fitness for years and have become accustomed to seeing it as a burden. F45 is challenging, but more importantly, itâs fun.â
The class:Â F45 Training
How the studio describes it:
F45 Training combines elements ofÂ High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. This combination of interval, cardiovascular and strength training has been proven to be the most effective workout method for burning fat andÂ building lean muscle.
What the workout entails:
The focus is on functional movements that use multiple joints and muscles. Two or more instructors demonstrate each exercise at the beginning of the class and essentially PT the entire room throughout. TV screens display moving gifs for each exercise and count you down through each work and rest period.
What we love:
Youâll never do the same class twice, because each workout is created from a database of more than 3,000 different exercises. This means two things: one, you wonât ever get bored; two, youâll recover quickly because youâre constantly targeting different muscle groups.
What we donât:
The studios have pretty vague andÂ nondescript websites, presumably because F45 is a franchise. We werenât really 100% sure what we were signing up for before we got to the class.
Youâre in need of a lifestyle overhaul. Four times a year, every studio in the world runs theÂ F45 8 Week ChallengeÂ at no additional cost to members. It involves following a meal plan set out by nutritionists at F45 HQ and includes a scan that assesses muscle weight, visceral fat, body fat percentage and more, so you can measure progress both inside and out.
You donât like camaraderie and have a bit of an ego. Post-workout high-fives are obligatory and there are no mirrors.
Lung burner rating:
8 out of 10. You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a single session if you work hard enough.
A word from the PT:
âWherever you are in your fitness journey, F45 has the answer,â says Haydn Elliott, who co-owns F45 Oxford Circus with business partner Tristan Smith. âItâs an unintimidating, enjoyable, and results-proven environment that takes all the thinking out of your training. Iâve never seen a concept that has people raring to go at 5:30am or 6pm straight after after work. Itâs addictive, but more importantly, itâs genuinely life-changing.â