When I first heard about Blaze at David Lloyd my first thought was that it sounded pretty hardcore. Funny how a name can conjure up all sorts of images in your mind, isn’t it? Blaze of fury, Blaze of fire, just what was going to be set a-Blaze? Turns out…it was me (in a totally metaphorical sense, of course).
I tried a Blaze class at David Lloyd Long Ashton and I most certainly left with an ignited passion for exercise.
I’m sure you all want to know what Blaze training is and what sort of exercise Blaze consists of. Perhaps most of all: would I do it again or will I stick to spin class and what I know best! Read on to find out how I got on at Blaze David Lloyd.
What is Blaze at David Lloyd?
Blaze is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) boutique style fitness class. It’s set to music specially mixed by top dance DJs which gives the class a really edgy feel.
MYZone Belts to Monitor and Motivate
Participants are privy to cutting-edge technology thanks to the MYZone belts that are handed out on entry. The MyZone belt heart rate monitors are used to motivate members of the class in a group exercise environment.
Stats from the monitors flash up on a screen during the class to encourage healthy competition within the group.
The point of the monitoring is to try and ensure you stay within the red (fat burning) zone and work your hardest throughout the class. The info from the class can be downloaded to your own app to track progress and will help challenge you to constantly break your own personal record.
What Equipment is Used During a Blaze Workout?
The Blaze studio houses Woodway treadmills, a bespoke weights bench and suspended punch and core bags for mixed martial arts. My first thought when I took a look at the studio was circuit training but Blaze is far more intense than any circuits I’ve ever done. It is very fast paced with little time for rest which made it hard work but I love a challenge.
The Woodway treadmills were easy to work, can be set to an incline or flat – I left mine on flat – and I was able to easily set the speed to my current sprint level. The weights benches are equipped with different dumbells in various weights, I went for the smallest ones which were actually still quite heavy especially when you’re doing squats with them for 4 minutes straight! The punch and core bags were a brilliant addition and I enjoyed this aspect of the class the most. They allow participants to perform a mixture of punches and kicks. There’s nothing like taking all your aggression out on a full-sized punch bag – it’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting.
How Does a Blaze Class Work?
The class works by allocating participants a number. For example, if you begin on weights bench number 5 you will move on to treadmill number 5 and so on. Stick to your number and no one will get confused this ensures the class keeps its momentum. Rounds are divided into 3-4 minutes at each station, with coloured lights indicating the end of a round. There’s also an instructor telling you which exercises to do and to keep you motivated throughout.
How Many Calories Can I Burn in a Blaze Class?
I found myself checking the screen often to see if my name was yellow, green or red (red meaning I was working the hardest) but there wasn’t any time or inclination to look and see what everyone else was doing. I loved the incorporation of the screen because as soon as I saw the colour change from red I really stepped it up a gear. You can expect to burn somewhere between 500-1000 calories in a 45-55 session, which is incredible.
Is Blaze at David Lloyd Good?
It’s really good! I felt as though this was the type of class you would have to pay a premium for – it is an authentic boutique experience that I’d expect to find somewhere like London. So to find out it’s available at David Lloyd Clubs and is included in the price of the membership is fantastic. I’ll definitely be going again because I absolutely loved it and felt like I’d had such a brilliant all-around workout.
Michelle Dand, Group Fitness Manager for David Lloyd Clubs says,
“The Blaze studio brings boutique style fitness to David Lloyd Clubs and is perfect for those looking to train in a fast-paced and exciting environment with varied and challenging exercises. What sets Blaze apart from other city boutique studios is that the class is offered alongside the membership at David Lloyd Clubs. It means members can enjoy HIIT training in a cutting edge studio, alongside the premium changing facilities and showers , state-of-the-art gym facilities and other timetabled classes – all within their membership price*.’
*Blaze is available at the following David Lloyd clubs: Kensington, Manchester Trafford City, Edinburgh, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Woking, Kings Hill, Acton Park and my local club – Long Ashton, Bristol. If you’ve got one close to you, book a class because I can guarantee you’ll be hooked!
So come on, join the #BlazeTribe what are you waiting for?
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post