We begin the session with a strange sort of warm-up – getting our equipment out of the cupboard. Then we do a full warm-up together, beginning by mobilising our joints and moving on to movements that prime the body for the workout. After this, we read out our Terms of Participation to remind us why we’re here and why the gym exists.
During the session, everyone moves between four different stations based around different types of movement – hinge, squat, push and pull. There are three people at each station, taking it in turns to exercise and helping each other with preparing the equipment (loading the barbell etc.) and spotting (supporting each other to lift safely). We spend roughly 15 minutes at each station.
Every exercise is introduced at the start of the session, and you will be reminded of them when you move between stations. Our coach will always be keeping an eye out and available to answer any questions and suggest any modifications too.
The exact exercises vary from session to session depending on the day of the week, and the sets and reps vary week to week. The Strength Circuit is “periodised” – we spend a few weeks getting your body used to the demands of training, then a few weeks developing your strength, then we see how strong you are now, and then the whole three-month cycle repeats again. But don’t worry about any of that – our coach works it all out for you so you can just turn up and train.
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