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What is a typical class like?
There is no ‘typical’ class. Each instructor is different and each session is varied to stop both your mind and body getting bored. It’s a whole body workout designed to improve your stamina, speed, agility and strength in a fun and interesting ways. We guarantee that some of the exercises we do will be completely new to you. At each class participants are divided into ability groups of around 15 people. Classes start with a warm up followed by at least 50 minutes of individual, pairs and team exercises, we end with a cool down and stretch.
Instructors and members are a friendly bunch and are always keen to welcome a new face. We make sure that each individual works to their own level of fitness within the group. It’s a real skill, but our instructors have year’s worth of experience.
Do I need to be super-fit?
No – you don't need to be super-fit to join our ranks. The classes cater for all levels of fitness from exercise rookies to fitness veterans, and each class is divided into ability groups (blue for beginner, red for intermediate and green for advanced). We have equal numbers of men and women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Members’ ages range from 16 to 70.
What should I wear? Do I need any specialist equipment?
A decent pair of outdoor running shoes is all you really need. Fashion trainers are not advisable as they offer little support or grip and you may run the risk of injury if you wear them to a class. Other than that, an old t-shirt on top and shorts, tracksuit bottoms or running leggings are ideal. Some exercises involve getting down on the ground so be prepared to get a little bit dirty – it’s part of the fun! Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee that you’ll be sweating by the end of each session so make sure you have something warm to put on after the session has finished. Some people also like to wear a lightweight base layer, gloves and a hat during winter months.
If possible, please arrive in your kit as changing facilities in parks are limited – though we do try to position our meeting points close to public conveniences.
Specialist equipment – Apart from a good pair of running shoes any equipment required for the exercises will be supplied by the instructor.
How long are the sessions?
The classes are an hour long. This includes a warm up, a cool down and stretches.
Will I be shouted at?
No, you will not be shouted at directly. However, our instructors will call out instructions and words of encouragement to keep the class motivated, so everyone gets the most out of their work out. They are a friendly bunch, and they love a bit of banter. But, ultimately our instructors are there for you to achieve your health and fitness goals.
Where do I put my valuables?
Please try to avoid bringing valuables to the classes but if you have to do so, you may use the instructors’ or the British Military Fitness vehicle to store your valuables/change of clothing etc. We also provide water, so there is no need to bring it with you.
For all other information head to britishmilitaryfitness.com