Welcome to the brand new Reading Fitness Club based in Christchurch Meadows, Caversham. Their outdoor fitness sessions are based on the grass right next to the river Thames. Run by fitness boot camp company, Peak XV Fitness, the fitness club meet four times a week for an hour at a time.
The sessions are mainly attended by women but men are welcome to join. Participants join for a month and can complete as many sessions as they like in that time. The sessions are lead by Peak XV fitness’s team of expert fitness instructors who put the group members through their paces.
The challenging sessions usually start with a thorough warm up and a series of stretches. This can last ten or fifteen minutes as it can take this long for the body to warm up in preparation for the vigorous exercises to follow. The session then moves into a circuit training format with participants put through a series of kettle bell and body weight exercises to test their stamina and muscular endurance. The group members particularly enjoy this component as they get to play with the “toys” and often get chance to work with a partner.
The third part of the session is the dreaded running drills and this is arguably the toughest part of the workout. With group members already fatigued from the circuit section the instructors put the group through a series of sprint drills coupled with short rest periods! The sprints vary in distance from short, sharp twenty metre sprints to longer two hundred metre runs. Along with getting people very fit these types of exercises can be very nauseating to the uninitiated. This is caused by the production of lactic acid in the muscles which brings about the sickness feeling and takes a little while to get used to.
If people survive this high intensity section then they are rewarded with a well earned and gentle cool down and stretch out to end the session. This last section involves gently stretching the muscles which have been used during the session and progressively returning them to their normal length while attempting to reduce post workout muscle soreness.
Regular member, Clare Atkins, says,” I’ve been coming to the Reading Fitness Club with Peak XV Fitness for nearly six months now and I absolutely love it. Each session is different and we always have a different challenge. The coaches are really great at motivating us all and the other group members encourage each other to get the most out of each work out. I’ve lost a little bit of weight but I’ve mainly changed body shape and toned up after all these sessions – I’d highly recommend the course to anyone.”
For more information about the Reading Fitness Club and how to get a free week with Peak XV Fitness then go to their website at www.peakxvfitness.com/bootcamps-reading
Places are filling up fast ahead of the summer so don’t miss out on your place at the Reading Fitness Club.