I’ve known about the 1Rebel opening for a while, infact, I nearly worked there! So I was really keen to give the studio a try and see if the changing rooms really were as amazing as they proclaimed they would be.
Spoiler alert- They are.
There are heated seats, straighteners, cold towels, deliciously powerful showers all decorated in that classically modern manner that’s trendy right now- copper and white bricks.
But you’re not going to a studio just to shower (although I have done that at my old gym) I tried out both of the workout classes on offer- Ride and Reshape. Ride is a spin class, whilst Reshape is a treadmill and weights class.
I gave Reshape a go first with Zoe one morning and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me a lot of Project Fit and Barry’s Bootcamp. I loved the treadmills, especially when we turned it to dynamic and had to move the belt under our own power. I did not love doing mountain climbers on it though! I worked at the highest setting, and the trainer came over and pushed the intensity up even more. I really appreciated the extra push, which I wouldn’t have done on my own.
However, hitting the weights was a different story. I had to use the lightest weights and still found it tough. I think this style of workout really works for me – exercising the whole body but with numerous different parts to keep it interesting. I would definitely go back to a Reshape class, however I’m not sure I’d pay the full £25 per class. (Edited to add, they’ve now dropped their prices to £20 a class!)
Sadly, I was a little disappointed by the Ride class. At 7am, the studio fitted with 60 bikes only had 9 riders all spread out. It lacked the atmosphere I love about classes, and with screens at the front promoting 1Rebel rather than adding anything to your ride- I think they missed a trick there.
I will say that the seats were incredibly comfortable, they seemed bigger and more padded than a usual spin bike. Plus a very helpful member of staff set my bike up brilliantly for me. The free cleats come with the ride (thankfully for the expensive class cost!) and they definitely helped me push myself for a fab overall sweaty workout.
They are currently offering 20% off 10 and 20 class passes, with a 10 class pass for £160, which if you just used them for Reshape, I think would definitely be worth it, as will the spin once they fill up a little! Luckily for me, a friend who I introduced to 1Rebel just signed up for a package, so I get 4 free classes. Score- I’ll definitely be using these for some early morning Reshape sessions. Sadly, they’re not on Classpass…yet!