Being a hockey player my whole life, I believed that cardio and team sports were the way to ideal fitness.
But due to chronic patella tendinitis in both my knees, I had been struggling to keep up to the rigorous pace, running an average of 6 kilometres out in the field. I was popping Myprodol like it was candy, just to keep up.
I needed an alternative, and a friend recommended F45, after a week-long try-out himself.
I was skeptical that it could match the needs of a hockey season in a premier league team – and of the R1,650 per month for an unlimited subscription.
Short for "Functional 45", F45 it is the world's fastest-growing functional training network. It began 2012 in Australia and has since opened 1,150 studios across 36 countries. The business model aims to fill the gap between traditional gyms—where people pay a small membership fee to work out on their own – and high-cost personal training sessions.
Much like CrossFit (unlimited R1,299 per month), and SWEAT 1000 (unlimited R1,995 a month) this has proven popular.
This was how I survived:
The first sessions left me sweating buckets and gasping for air as I desperately tried to keep up with the regulars. My first session of Wingman left me so stiff I could not move my arms for three days.
I was surprised to see that in my first month of F45, I burnt more active calories that any other month of training I did in a year. It was an insane workout.
When it comes to workouts my one concern is repetition. I get bored easily. I was surprised to find that the F45 exercises consistently change.
After all the workouts I was expecting my weight to drop significantly. It fluctuated by one or two kilograms, on my first weight-in November 31st, I weighed 75.2kg. By December 25, 75.6kg. Instead I replaced fat with muscle.
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