Most of the time I feel completely unprepared and unqualified to advise anyone on fitness. I call these times “when I’m awake.” So if you think it’s weird that I’ve been given a corner of the internet to share my thoughts and experiences about exercise you’re in good company. But what I can give you is complete honesty from an utterly average worker-outer – and advice from people who REALLY know what they’re doing. Let’s begin.Does F45 work?
Like all things beautiful and intimidating, the F45 method comes to us from Australia. Molly asked: could I try F45 for a month and document my progress? Why not? I once went an entire month eating Mexican food for at least 6 meals a week and loved it – so I know a thing or two about commitment. Does F45 work?
So, does F45 work? Below is my 30 diary.
Class #1 (Firestorm):
I showed up super early – allowing plenty of time to fake an injury and bolt if my crippling exercise anxiety got the better of me. I walked in and immediately decided to stay. Here’s why: there are two major things working to my advantage with the station/circuit approach:
- The instructors demo each station live before class.
- There are really helpful gifs so if you have a mental block due to exhaustion and you can’t even remember your own name (let alone the correct form of the lumberjack slams) you have a backup.
Class #2 (Hollywood):
Class #3 (Firestorm):
I was really excited for class today. I’m STILL quite sore from head to toe (not an exaggeration – I stubbed my toe on a weight earlier) but I was feeling much more confident about the workout format and I think it showed. I could move easily from station to station and get the full potential of the F45 approach. Small victories – but I’ll take ’em!
Class #4 (Athletica):
Class #5 (Firestorm): Does F45 work
Class #6 (Foxtrot): Does F45 work
Class #7 (Hollywood): Does F45 work
Many things can go wrong after a long night of wine, mini passed apps and floor length sequins. Many, many things. There is a distinct possibility that I accidentally kicked Mark, one of the very popular instructors, in the face as he was helping me down from the pull up bar. Tomorrow is another day. A rest day. Thank goodness.
Class #8 (Panthers) Does F45 work
Did WAY better this week than the last. Am I crazy to think that after only eight classes (and 2.5 weeks) I’m already noticeably stronger? Am I having delusions of fitness grandeur? The answer is no. Apparently this is a common – and why people get so darn hooked on F45. If you commit to the workout (and a healthy diet) results come quicker than you might expect. That’s not to say this is a silver bullet – because no workout is – but I’m seriously impressed. Also, I’m pleased to report that Mark doesn’t seem to remember the kick to the face. #blessed.
Time for some real talk. I had to head out of town for a week for work right smack-dab in the middle of my month of F45. Did this mess with my schedule? Absolutely. But this is real life for me. I travel, and workouts get interrupted, habits are broken and airport hamburgers become an entire food group. But I really missed my F45. I would check the schedule and have serious FOMO that I was missing Panthers – which is a functional and resistance strength workout that makes 45 minutes feel like 10. Or Foxtrot, which is a cardio workout that I love to hate because the military-style stations make me feel like a total badass. Craving a workout isn’t normal behavior for me. I’m hooked. Then a hurricane hit the south and Atlanta shut down. No seriously, we lost power for 4 days. So that sucked…but I did get to keep up my workout for a couple more days…
Class #9 (Renegade)
Starting back with a tough strength session was a little rough. I was WAY more out of breath than I would have been a week ago – BUT – I’m in much better shape than I was before I started this journey! I could handle heavier weights and I didn’t need nearly as many form corrections. Roadblocks will always appear, and I’m not going to let this one get me down.
Class #10 (Hollywood)
Today was my last class (of my free trial from Molly) – and my favorite workout. I pushed myself REALLY hard in class – and felt both super accomplished and super bummed walking out of the studio for the last time.
Post F45 Updates:
I’m stronger, I’ve been sleeping better and I have more energy. I was eating better because I knew class would be MISERABLE otherwise – but since the hurricane and the travel I’ve gone back to my unhealthy ways. And yes, the workouts suffered. I do not look like X Men’s Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) or Nicole Richie – who also swear by this workout – but I do think I look better than when I started. I can now swing a 35lb bag over my head with confidence and I got a chance to bring my jump rope skills out of retirement.
I won’t miss the parking situation (which in Atlanta at the Shops at Buckhead is a bit of a drag), or the lockers (which are a little too small for my favorite gym bag) but I LOVED everything else. And to be honest, I just added the silly locker complaint because I don’t want people to think this is fake news or an advertisement. So yea, bad lockers – AMAZING, EFFECTIVE and FUN workout.
And here’s the best part. They are offering Peachtree Roadies readers (and the rest of the world – but who cares about them?) 2 FREE WEEKS! So, what are you waiting for? Try it. Love it. And if you’re in Atlanta take a class with Alana and try not to kick poor Mark in the face! You can thank me later.
Curious about the workouts I’m describing? Check them out there: F45 Workouts
Want to get in on the action? Of course you do. Find a studio: https://f45training.com/find-a-studio/