Last Friday Nicola and I headed along to Melissa Scott TBT to try the new grit HIIT workout. HIIT is widely regarded as one of the most effective ways to make serious changes to your body’s performance & appearance. With Summer around the corner, and the possibility of donning our swimwear, we were keen to try it out 🙂
Grit HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a high intensity, athletic interval training class – you work out intensely for short bursts followed by recovery periods so you can catch your breath, and repeat.
The class started with a 5 minute warm up (which was quite challenging in itself 🙂 ) followed by Melissa explaining the format of the class & demonstrated each station’s exercise before you set off in pairs.
Each station is timed – you do 40 seconds of work followed by 20 seconds of rest, during which time you move to the next station. There were 4 exercise stations, which included TRX equipment, fitness gliders (OMG these simple little things are killers but give you a great workout), a medicine type ball that we had to slam on the floor and resistance tubes which worked the arms (see picture below). We did 2 circuits i.e. eight lots of 40 second exercises, had a short break before Melissa changed the four exercises and we did another two rounds! So 16, forty second high intensity workouts in total! The class ended with a very welcomed 5 minute cool down and stretch.
Chiltern Chatter Verdict
I absolutely loved this class and will definitely be back for more. It’s a full body workout and I found it a really tough class, which pushed my fitness. Each week Melissa changes up the exercise so you never know what’s in store! My legs honestly ached for two days afterwards – I texted Nicola on Sunday to see how she was feeling and luckily she still ached too J Don’t be put off by my aches and pains as Melissa says that this class is open to all levels whether you’re returning to exercise after a break or you’re a hard core fitness fanatic – you take things at your pace but she will push you when needed.
Melissa is very thorough and during the class was walking around correcting technique and also offered variations to make an exercise harder or easier depending on ability.
Will you love it? We certainly did and have signed up for more. Give it a try and find out for yourself. The first class is FREE – find out more here.
Will we go again? Hell yes, we’ve booked up again!
The cost: classes cost £12 for a drop in class. A block of 14 classes can be purchased prior to term starting, costing £140 (£10 a lesson).