I’m more of a Pilates girl than one of those #chickswholift and you’ll never find me using the hashtag #fitspo on social media. You catch my drift, I mean, er, my prowler push…
So when I was persuaded (read: bullied) to check out a special Sassy Curvy Class at TOPFIT, a new premier fitness space with our former That Girl Lindsay Jang as Creative Director, I initially thought it would be a combo of yoga, Pilates and mat work. Something along the lines of a legs, bums and tums workout I did
once at the gym at uni. I was not expecting a circuit training session with Louis, a personal trainer with more than eight years experience.
I promise he’s not as intimidating as one of those dudes from an 80s movie hovering around the bench press. But he did put us through our paces with a specially-designed workout, with female-focused movements. He figured out that we’re all parked in the office at our desks, with the same issues: rounded shoulders from being hunched over our laptops all day long, tight hips from being seated in a chair eight hours a day and weak hamstrings and glutes.
We started with a warm up, which was a combination of walking lunges and caterpillar walks. I wanted to throw up at this point, but then he made us do it all over again for a second time and I knew I had to suck it up and get over being “dainty” (read: lazy) and actually do the work.
Louis then had us doing a circuit, which included back extensions (to help strengthen our lower back), bench dumbbell rows (focusing on bringing our rounded shoulders back and strengthening our upper back muscles), a lying tricep dumbbell extension (because we all want Michelle Obama’s arms), a single leg elevated glute bridge (work that booty) and a prowler push.
In hindsight, the warm up was nothing, and I was feeling the need to violently hurl after those prowler pushes, which is apparently great for working nearly every muscle in the body. Prowler pushes are also suitable for those who struggle with squats and deadlifts.
With classes before work, at lunch and after work, TOPFIT is great if you’re looking for a conveniently located, beautifully designed space to have the best work out possible in. The carefully curated circuit training and classes will get you feeling fit, fine and pumped. I personally feel it’s more suited to someone who’s at a certain level of fitness and is looking to build and tone more, rather than a beginner. The trainers are highly experienced and are all about getting maximum results for you, so it’s definitely a place for people who are serious about achieving goals.
If you are rushing straight to work, TOPFIT have got plenty of space for you to get clean and pretty after you work up a sweat. We all couldn’t help commenting about how amazing the shampoo smelled in our hair after we’d had showers, and they also have deodorant, a hair dryer and hair brushes. Here’s to baby getting some back…
TOPFIT, 3/F, The Wellington, 198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2776 7268, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.top-fit.com