Les Mills Immersive Fitness™ has Launched!

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Les Mills IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ has just launched in the UK, and as a huge fan of Les Mills workout programmes, I was really excited to be one of the first to try it. I headed to the UK’s first IMMERSIVE studio at David Lloyd Rayne's Park for a completely mind-blowing workout.

What is IMMERSIVE FITNESS™?

IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ is a workout concept developed by Les Mills. If you haven’t heard of Les Mills, why not?! They are the creators of globally-successful group fitness classes such as BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and RPM™ (a studio cycling workout). Well, RPM™ has now been taken up a notch. 

THE TRIP™ is the name of the 30 minute class that I experienced, fusing RPM™ with the IMMERSIVE concept to complete a truly unique exercise experience.

During the class, the lights are lowered and rich visuals on a screen taking up the entire wall of a purpose built studio transport you through galaxies, space-age cities and across oceans. The virtual reality changes with each workout track, ensuring a variety of hills, flats, mountain peaks, time trials, and interval training. Throughout the whole class, the instructor’s cues are not only synchronised with the music, but the on-screen graphics, which is really motivating and helps to completely immerse you in the ride.

Les Mills Immersive Fitness The Trip David Lloyd
Les Mills Immersive Fitness Cinematic Class David Lloyd
Les Mills Immersive Fitness RPM Video Game

My experience of THE TRIP™

My IMMERSIVE experience was completely sensational. I didn’t think once about the length of the workout, I just kept pushing myself harder and harder and loved every minute of it.

While riding through the space-age city, it felt like I was in a TRON video-game and while climbing up steep glaciers it was like being in a movie. My favourite part of the workout was when, while sprinting laps around the digital velodrome, we were leaning forward into descents and pushing sideways around corners. The combination of these perfectly cued movements with the incredible cinematics, made it feel like I was in a theme park simulator. I even felt my stomach lurch a couple of times; in a good way, of course!

Les Mills Immersive Fitness David Lloyd Class Workout

This workout would be fun for absolutely anyone (so long as you’re willing to suspend your disbelief a little) and would also be a great way to introduce children and teenagers to workouts that would otherwise seem daunting. 

I couldn’t stop raving about the class for days after trying it. I’m looking forward to it being rolled out into more clubs nationwide so that I can ride THE TRIP™ again and I’m excited to see where IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ goes next...

Have you manage to squeeze yourself into an IMMERSIVE FITNESS™ class at David Lloyd yet? Let me know what you think to the concept!

I'm A Studio Cycling Instructor! - The Training Room Personal Training Qualification

About a month ago now I qualified as a Studio Cycling Instructor thanks to a super-fun, one-day course* with The Training Room. The Training Room don't usually provide individual CPD courses, but for a group of lovely fitness bloggers they made an exception in order to give us a taste of what they have to offer as part of their personal training course.

'Love what you do'

The Training Room believe that you should 'love what you do', and I'm inclined to agree. So, they're dedicated to helping people find their way into an industry that they are passionate about. They offer beauty therapy courses and will soon be offering training for catering and hospitality, but I'm most fascinated by why The Training Room was born: personal training.

Rather than offering a large variety of fitness industry courses, TTR specialise in personal training and ensuring that their students are industry-ready. Essentially, they are a careers provider. At first, I wondered why they were keen to include a Certificate in Studio Cycling in their PT course, as well as other speciality certifications such as Circuit Training and Gym Based Boxing, but once I got to grips with TTR's ethos, it all made sense. The mix of qualifications that they provide means that their graduates can apply for virtually any role within the industry, and ensures that newly qualified PTs have maximum earning potential while they build a client base. TTR are also uniquely positioned to promise all of their graduates an interview with one of their many industry partners including David Lloyd and Pure Gym. Now that's pretty cool, right?

Our day of Studio Cycling with The Training Room

Our day with The Training Room started bright and early at 9am at the Oasis Sports Centre with a 45-minute studio cycling class with our instructor for the day, David, which thoroughly woke us up! I loved that we started the day with an incredibly well-taught class as it gave us a strong, practical point of reference for everything that we learnt on the course. The agenda for the day included health and safety and bike set-up information (until this point, getting my seat into the right position in spin classes had involved lots of trial and error, every time!), learning the teaching techniques of different manoeuvres, and learning how to structure a class catering to everyone's learning styles. Of course, we also experienced a few different formative assessments including the planning and delivery of our own session to the rest of the group, which was actually a lot of fun and not nearly as nerve-wracking as we had all predicted. Plus, we all passed with flying colours!

As always, I was really curious and would have loved to have learned more about the physiology side of a cycling class, but I know that that would be covered elsewhere in the personal training course, and that level 2 gym instructors would usually have some prior knowledge too. However, I think it's always good to have things reinforced and that all fitness instructors should be encouraged to take more interest in that side of things. 

If you'd like to hear a little more about our one-day event, check out The Training Room's blog posts, here and here, for more details including a Q&A with David who gives pointers for aspiring Personal Trainers, and thoughts from my fellow fitness bloggers on the experience. And, if you're interested in finding a career that you love, be sure to get in touch with the brilliant team at TTR. All details are on the website, here.