Never ones for standing still, specialist fitness studio Transition Zone in Fulham recently launched a new series of dynamic TRX classes, all designed around different principles to provide a full body blasting workout! With the TRX suspension trainer acting as the perfect tool to allow you to use your own bodyweight in varying levels of intensity to perform hundreds of different exercises, it’s become one of my favourite ways to workout. So, when hearing about the new program at Transition Zone, I naturally jumped at the chance to go try it out.
Whilst transition zone offer a number of different TRX style classes – TRX Circuits, TRX Bodyweight, TRX ViPR, it was the signature 45 minute TRX Strength class that I decided to go for. As this class integrates weights into the session, exercises including everything from suspending chest presses and ab crunches on the TRX, to weighted squats and kettlebell swings on the floor.
Although the class isn’t about cardio, don’t be fooled, you’re still going to work up a sweat! With the exercises continually changing, your body is kept guessing, whilst your heart rate is kept high. The circuits are also done in a ‘superset’ style manner, which is where you perform two exercises back to back with no break in between. When the muscle is fatigued on the first exercise, you switch to the second one working a different muscle group, before you go back to the first one to work to failure once again. Trust me, you will ache the next day!
One of the real highlights of the class was our instructor, Rob. With a background in martial arts, and over 25 years industry expertise, he put together the perfect program that really targeted each muscle group in ways I never felt before! What I really liked about Rob, however, was his focus on correct form. With so many of these boutique style classes mostly being about just slamming burning max calories/slamming your body to exhaustion, the slower pace and often one-to-one guided instruction was a very welcome change to my usual regime.
Post class, fluffy towels, powerful showers, hairdryers, strengtheners, hair spray, bobbles, deodorant, etc means you don’t need to worry about packing your toiletry bag for a trip to Transition Zone – they have it all covered. Furthermore, when it comes to that much required post workout fuel, their ‘Recovery Cafe’ goes above and beyond! With a menu backed by a qualified team of nutritionists, although I didn’t get the chance to try out any of the tasty treats on offer (I was rushing to meet a friend for brunch elsewhere), you can be rest assured you won’t be stuck for tempting refuel options.
Admittedly Fulham is a bit of a mission to get to (is it just me, or does that line NEVER seem to be working on weekends?!), but the classes at Transition Zone are 100% worth the effort – I will definitely be back! Next on my list to try out is their Pilates Chair class – having gone to a class in New York and LOVED it, you can imagine my excitement when I found out Transition Zone are the only studio in London to be offering the concept. Watch this space…..
Who’s it for: Anyone looking to build the strength, core stability and work on technique in a controlled and safe environment
How much: A single ‘drop in’ class at Transition Zone costs £28, however they are currently doing a special offer for new clients of £25 for 2 classes.
Where is it: Transition Zone,17 Heathman’s Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4TJ
More information:Visit transitionzone.co.uk for more information about price packages and the classes on offer.
Hannah Fuller works for Adidas and is always found at the latest London fitness venue. She’s a train hard, eat hard, kinda gal, with a big love for activewear. Follow her on Instagram here.