Clubbing and exercise. Not two words that usually go hand in hand. Sure, dancing is exercise but the alcohol and lack of sleep tends to make it not so healthy. Well, Ministry of Sound have broken that barrier, providing 8 intense fitness classes in the middle of what is generally known as one of London’s most famous partying spots. I grabbed a place at Total Body Phat Burn and (excuse the pun) definitely felt the burn.
I’m not going to lie and say that it felt perfectly normal turning up to a club at 6.15pm head-to-toe in sportswear. It didn’t. There wasn’t the usual queue of people or distant thud of music as I approached. Instead, there was an eager bunch of fitness enthusiasts ready to take to the…mats?
In the middle of it all was instructor Dan Chapman introducing himself to every single person. A friendly face that would soon be putting us through our paces. After everybody had been passed a bottle of water- that we were about to discover would be much needed- we were ready to go.
The class consisted of multiple 45 second rounds with 15 second intervals before a slightly longer rest between sets. Firstly we focussed on arms and legs, including a lot of variations of the press up… much to my horror! I soon found, by the look on a lot of other faces, that there are more press up haters than I thought! We then moved onto abs and more legs before ending with a cool down. Dan kept us motivated the whole time.
I’m not sure if it was the electrifying sound system, Dan’s fabulous instructing, my sheer determination or a combination of all three, but the class seemed to finish surprisingly quickly. I was impressed at how it catered to all abilities, as you were able to work to your own pace and how 45 seconds seemed to be the perfect length to push your body without having to stop.
Treated to smoothies and fruit and nut bars after the workout, this had to be my healthiest trip to Ministry ever, which admittedly may not be that impressive. But as the most energetic I’ve ever been on the dance floor that definitely takes some beating!
Thank you to W Model Management for the ticket down! xx