Not running but close enough. Yesterday my friend took me to a gym session called Trib3. It’s marketed as the ‘hardest workout in the North of England’…yeah. No idea why I agreed to go either.

Trib3 is HIIT based around 3 different stations:

  • Treadmill
  • Resistance (weights)
  • Intensity (body resistance work out)

The workout space is dominated by red and green lights, pounding high energy trance music and a highly energetic instructor who was encouraging in just the right mix of compliments and criticism!

Our session started with the treadmill and we did the following intervals:

  • 5mph – 2 mins
  • 6mph – 2 mins
  • 8mph – 1 mins
  • 7mph – 2 mins
  • 9mph – 1 min
  • 8mph – 1 min
  • 10mph – 1min

I didn’t make the last 2 sets, having to drop to 7mph instead of 8mph and then only hitting 8mph for the final interval. Still not too shabby. Heart rate was hitting over 185 for the last set and that is the main goal.

We moved onto the resistance section and I can’t remember every exercise we did. I think we spent 2 mins on each thing and included:

  • Bent over rows
  • Dumbell flyes
  • Shoulder press
  • Squats
  • Lunges

I completed all the sets this time and maintained my heart rate of over 165.

Final rotation (so I thought) was onto intensity. This was again 2 min sets of body weight exercises like:

  • Squat jumps
  • Planks
  • Bunny hops
  • Side jumps
  • Knees to elbows

Again, completed the sets and was feeling pretty happy with myself thinking we were done. Sadly this was only round 1. Oh God. Thankfully the second set were shorter bursts.

For the second round of treadmill work, we kept the speed at 5mph but increased the incline every min from 3% right up to 12%. After 6% I couldn’t maintain 5mph so had to drop it down. At the end I was only doing a fast walk of 4mph!

More resistance works similar to the first round and then more intensity and we were done.

It was a good workout and I feel very sore today especially in my upper body that gets less of a workout than my legs normally. I did enjoy it but it was all a bit ‘culty’, people taking selfies, post-workout smoothies for £4 a pop and Trib3 t-shirts for sale. At £12 a session it’s also almost twice a normal gym rate. The changing gyms were well equipped and immaculately clean. The ‘chill-out zone for after a workout was also very nicely done. I just didn’t really get the ‘buzz’ about it. It’s a good and hard work out session, but it didn’t offer much above a normal HIIT at your local gym once you strip away the cosmetic bits. I’d describe it quite simply as a designer workout, no different from jeans from Primark but with the added price tag and logo.

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