I'm not running much at the moment, so in a bid to stay fit I figured I'd try something new and check out Sweaty Betty's Monday night boxing class at their Cabot Place store in Canary Wharf.
If you've not come across Sweaty Betty's classes before you're missing out on really high quality classes, led by pros, all for free! Given that classes in London can be crazy expensive it's pretty refreshing.
This class was my undoing. I'm up for anything when it comes to working out (well give or take, anything involving poles or twerking is off the table for personal reasons), but boxing was a step too far. I've never hurt so much after a class. It went on for days. I couldn't stand up, I couldn't sit down, I couldn't bend my arms and lets not think about reaching up. It was a tough one, but it was good.
Led by Sweaty Betty ambassador Suzie we were put through our paces with a series of boxing drills and body weight exercises in this gruelling class. There was skipping, punching and two tough sets which totalled 100 squats and 80 press ups. I didn't know I could do eight press ups let alone 80. It pushed my limits. I guess that's the point of trying something new.
Monday night, 7.15pm to 8.15pm
Sweaty Betty, Cabot Place, Canary Wharf
free (but be sure to sign up well in advance, the class fills up quickly!)
what to wear
something you can get sweaty in, I went for a vest and cropped tights, but I wish I'd worn a more supportive bra
a really challenging class, possibly a bit too much for me