YOU GUYS. My body is pulped. Whacked. Pounded into smithereens. And yet, I'm loving it.
Let's start from the beginning. While I have been regularly practicing yoga for ten months now, I don't do any other form of exercise. I hate running, going to the gym bores me... and I don't know how to cycle.
When the good people at Ritual got in touch with me in January about a media review, I was scared - but I was also intrigued. I've read about HIIT before, but I've only barely dipped my toes into it. After that session I reviewed, I knew I had to go back - yes, it is not cheap but you get what you pay for.
To cut the long story short - you'll be in and out of the gym in 30 mins. The workout is only 20 min, and honestly, your ass would be so whooped after that 20 min you don't want any more. There will be a maximum of 10 people in the gym each session, and two trainers to watch. So far, because I've gone in the afternoons, it has been a max of two people with me during my session and I've basically had a personal trainer to myself. Workouts change daily so your body gets a change-up and a challenge every single time you're there.
KILLA SERVICE & AMENITIES
From an awesome website that lets you book your sessions, to THE BEST SHOWERS I've ever seen in a gym, the price you sulkily fork out is worth it. You don't have to bring clothes if you don't want to - they have them ready, and you don't even have to wear shoes to work out. I always say life is better naked, but if you can't be naked all the time, the next best thing to do is be barefoot.
They have a wicked shake bar that you can get your post-workout protein shakes. I've only tried their 'Not Milo' shake - a healthier alternative to Milo, and I love it.
I love my 1.5-hour long Bikram sessions, but sometimes it's just impossible to set aside 2.5 - 3 hours of your day, with travel time and shower, to getting some time for your body. When you sell the most impatient woman in the world a full body f**k-over in less than half an hour, she tends to want to hug it with all her sore muscles. 20 min is less time than an episode of Modern Family, so if I have time to download my favourite shows off the Internet and watch it, I have time to get my ass whooped into shape.
THAT SO-BAD-IT'S-GOOD ACHE
You know what I mean. That soreness that comes from your muscles pounded into a pulp that is so excruciating you can't straighten your arm [story of my life at the moment], but you love it so much you've already booked a session for tomorrow.
I'm scared, yet excited to see what the session at Ritual tomorrow brings. I'm taking photos of myself to see my progress so watch this space. When I have something to show, I will show it off. ;o) In the meantime, if you wanna check out for yourself what Ritual is all about, sign up for a free trial! [Holla when you see me there crying for my mother.]