St Mary Axe
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Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:12
- 4 star:6
- 3 star:2
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
NO NO! Ok so I've been to a mix of spin studios in London and this one is more style over substance! It is high energy but I'm not sure the workouts are as good as Boom or Psycle tbh. Aldo most of the people who go here are so up themselves so vibe is a bit clicky.
Horrible customer service and management team - I lost my spot in Ride class on Valentine's Day!
I called to reschedule a class to the following day because I was feeling unwell. Bailey, the front-desk girl, told me it’s not possible to change as I booked it through ClassPass. While disappointed about how unhelpful she was, I kindly thanked her and hung up. An hour later, I showed up to the spinning class on Valentine's day and found out my spot was cancelled by Bailey. She somehow misheard the word "reschedule" with "cancel" and without my consensus, she went ahead and removed my spot. ClassPass members are unfortunately treated poorly at 1Rebel.
The workouts at 1 Rebel are definitely not for the faint of heart. Get ready to sweat, push yourself to places you haven’t been before and emerge feeling stronger, leaner and faster. This place takes high intensity interval training to the next level. The philosophy is simple: combine a few minutes on the treadmill with weight lifting then repeat once, twice, maybe even three times, depending on the length of the session you’ve booked (they go from 30 minutes to an hour). And do this to dance music and flashing lights. It’s what it must feel like to exercise in a club. The setting is meant to get you pumped and energised and keep you going. Each mini session is intense. While on the treadmill, you’ll find yourself sprinting up a hill at 12 percent incline. On the ground, you’ll be doing jumping jacks then immediately move into dips or squats, often using weights which you’d normally drop after one repetition. The instructor offers different degrees of difficulty. You can start running at 8, 9 or 10k to warm up, then sprint at 12, 14 or 16. By all means though, even the starting point is not easy. But you will emerge feeling energised and proud, so definitely worth a try. The classes are a bit pricy (20 pounds for most sessions), but you do get access to a very nice changing room with good quality toiletries, hair straighteners and towels. So you pretty much only need to bring yourself and a strong willpower. You can also fuel up at the smoothie bar available at the venue after your workout and, if you fancy it, get a blow dry and you’re all set for a night out. 1 Rebel may not become your usual fitness spot for a weekly workout but you can definitely pick up a few tips and tricks to spice up your next trip to the gym. Overall, a great addition to the London exercise scene.
Sick of expensive boutique gyms and feel like they're all the same? Well, to be fair, 1Rebel is kinda expensive and their Reshape classes are all too similar to a Barry's Boot Camp class but they also have the most beautiful change rooms you've ever seen, a gorgeous cafe and even chilled towels (my personal favourite).
Their reshape classes are so bloody challenging, you'll be no doubt dripping with sweat and trembling from head to toe. They're the kind of classes that push you to your limits and make you feel like you've really pushed yourself to the edge. Their boxing classes are quite good although the equipment can be a bit smelly. Their spin classes are great and they try to keep them different by organising guest instructors and even a live saxophone player!
Come for the Reshape, stay for the smoothies and make yourself human again in their incredible change rooms.
The classes here are fantastic! A great workout and fun, I particularly like reshape and rumble. I prefer the Broadgate studio because the facilities are much better than St Mary Axe. The changing rooms are bigger and less hot. St Mary Axe changing rooms are a nightmare to get ready in before work when you're in a rush. Long queues for the shower, hot changing rooms and half the lockers don't work. Great classes but the facilities have gotten worse since I first came here a couple years ago and this is letting the brand down.
Gym reinvented! High intensity workouts in an amazing setting. You understand that 1Rebel is not a typical gym the very first moment you walk into it. Industrial decoration, exposed concrete walls, exposed services at the ceiling and a juice bar at one corner. The staff at the reception are very friendly and helpful. You will be offered a towel regardless if you are a member or not. 1Rebel belongs to the new generation of gyms that offer flexibility and contract free membership. Each class costs 20 pounds. You don't have to be a member, have a contract or pay a joining fee in order to book classes. You only need to visit their website. The gym offers three classes: Ride (spinning), Rumble (boxing) and Reshape. I tried Reshape and fell in love with it. This 45 minute class is a high intensity interval training that uses treadmills and ground exercises. There are Reshape sessions that focus on the lower or the upper body but there are also sessions that offer a full body workout. All this takes place in a studio that looks more like a club rather than a gym with low lights, amazing beats and a really motivating instructor! Even the changing rooms are unique at this place. There you will find chilled towels to pick up from a fridge (!Yes such thing exists), an ironing board, hair straighteners , body lotions and anything else you need for a nice shower after an amazing workout.
Had a highly enjoyable spin class here. Fantastic music, super motivating instructors and the social/fun vibe very much like Barry's Bootcamp on a (slightly) cheaper rate in your introductory session and if you bulk buy them.
I've recently joined 1Rebel and I simply cannot get enough. Classes are £20 each - and there are three types currently on offer Reshape (Broadgate Circle and St Mary's Axe), Rumble (Broadgate Circle only) and Ride (St Mary's Axe only) ranging from 30 minute lunch classes with a free protein shake, 45 minute classes and 60 minute 'double shot' classes which mix 2 types of classes together. I have an unlimited monthly rolling contract which means I have no obligation and can cancel at anytime. At £120 per month it's more expensive than your average gym membership but if like myself you work out 3-5 times a week, it works out to be about £6-10 per class - which is not that bad, and access to both locations is allowed. As mentioned in the fantastic review below, towels, showers, toiletries, hairdryers, GHDs are included. I'm not a fan of the lockers myself as in busy periods you can have 3-4 ladies are clawing for the same space as they are stacked on top of eachother, but I guess that'll be the same in any changing room! I've already been several times since signing up and cannot get enough - I would recommend this to anyone who's up for a serious workout and is ready to be put through the paces. The classes are regularly switched up so you really can't get bored. On weekends I've tried out 'double shots' they are very intensive but you feel super great afterwards!! I can't liken the feeling to anything else I've done.
The Broadgate Circle location only opened in September and it's my favourite. It's a slightly smaller studio with smaller changing rooms but it's cleaner, fresher and well-thought. The location is fantastic as it's practically adjoined to Liverpool Street station. The front of house staff and trainers are amazing, energetic and really get the best out of you :)
They've definitely got that "too cool for school vibe" going on, but that's never a bad thing if you want a workout that's as fun and memorable as it is hardcore. Loved the spinning class - great music, enthusiastic teacher - and afterwards, I was impressed that the changing rooms had everything I needed (posh toiletries, hairdryers, large mirrors) to get me looking how I arrived. Also, a tenner for the first class is decent, but this shoots up to £20 a pop afterwards which might be a little dear for a studio that only offers two types of workouts. But it's worth a shot, if only for the experience.
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