Forging a brand-new fitness concept in an already saturated market is no easy feat, but with an opportunity to exhibit their cross-training philosophy and progressive stance against other top-tier fitness studios in London, Another Space has launched its HIIT and Cycle Mash-up class in time for autumn.
Alternating between the cycle and HIIT studios every 15 minutes, the class is divided into two teams with the low lights and emphatic music instantly drowning out all awareness of those sweating around you during the 90-minute class. “The only competition in this room is with yourself” echoes through the instructor’s Mr. Motivator microphone.
In the HIIT studio, class-goers complete three sets of compound strength exercises to work multiple muscle groups at one time. Using sandbags, TRX, and body weight, the class slowly increases resistance and focuses on the three elements of the HIIT section: speed, power, and explosive movement.
Yet, for anyone who seeks comfort in their usual 45-minute HIIT or cycle session, combining these two classes helps “maximise excess post-exercise oxygen consumption and afterburn; both of which will see your body naturally burn more calories as your body repairs its muscles,” according to the company.
The cycle session, however, acts as a lower-impact, active recovery that is not only great cardiovascular training but incorporates weights and twists to stabilise the core. “With an allocated weights section, the upper body is conditioned by controlled body weight exercises whilst slowly building on your endurance and strength in the lower body” explains head of cycle, Reynold Antwi.
With a HIIT and yoga mash-up class recently added to its ever-expanding timetable, Another Space may have just challenged the status quo for HIIT class collaborations for good.