2 weeks, 8 sessions, 5 pounds, 1 dress size and 13 centimetres.
It was one very early morning last month that this girl in the city dragged her not-quite-Jennifer-Lopez bottom out of bed and decided to take on a new fitness routine of literally gladiator style lengths.
Arriving at Gallery In The City, a chic little studio in Glasgow’s city centre, I came face to face with my nemesis – no, not studio director (and ex gladiator) Ali Paton (she was Siren, and man does she still look like she could rock a mean little Lycra number) but the accelerated training of doooooom (okay, perhaps I’m getting carried away here) - the very latest Pro6 Powerplate machines.
Now I’m actually quite a novice to machine-related exercise, and admittedly my first thought was “awesome, so I just stand on this and shake my groove thang away”.
Working with Ali on my first session, and the other two personal trainers (David and Louise) over the next two weeks, I squatted, jumped, swung kettle balls and gripped objects between my legs with the force of a Bond baddie like no other. To my delight I was even given a pugil stick to use during one session (although sadly no Travelator appeared).
Each session lasted approximately 25 minutes and included a warm up and cool down session (for which the soothing vibrations of the machine are used to impressive effect on your aching muscles), and while after my first session I found it tricky to walk down the stairs without gripping on for dear life, my body soon adjusted and by my second or third session my walk was definitely less cowboy-like.
Gallery In The City offers personal one-to-one training sessions, or you can choose to share your sessions with two others at a lesser cost (and perhaps a nice way to motivate each other in a group of friends).
In the 2 weeks I trialled the training** I dropped a dress size, as well as 13 centimetres across my body (4 on the chest, 2 on my waist and am impressive 7 across my hips). I noticed almost immediately the effect on my body shape and an increased level of fitness too. I dropped 5 pounds (although felt I’d probably built up some muscle too) and the course has absolutely energised me to include gym-style fitness and exercise into my daily routine.
Gallery In The City is currently offering a 2 week body blitz package for £75 (more information here).
Free trial appointments are also available at Gallery In The city, just call to book in advance - mini Lycra unitards optional.