I welcomed in the New Year with an unnecessary amount of alcohol in my system, alongside the realisation that once again I would be waking up with a raging hangover.
The morning after the night before consistently involves me complaining about my severe condition, and my parents religiously asking me what I drank, along with the unnecessary comment that I ‘shouldn’t drink so much’. Yet aside from the unhealthy hangover that greets us on New Year’s Day, for many January is the start of a health kick, a detox, a diet, and the ‘New Year, New Me’ craze. Either way many are striving to be better versions of themselves, and for a high proportion of us this involves improving our health and fitness regimes.
Trib3 is the latest arrival to the Leeds fitness scene, promising that you can burn anything from 500-1000 calories in just one 45-minute workout. Taking inspiration from the renowned and highly successful Barry’s Bootcamp, Trib3 have positioned themselves as a trendy modern gym specialising in creating a fun, physically tough, and sociable fitness space. After signing up I received my first class for me, I decided that this was an opportunity not to be missed.
Trib3 is located in the heart of Leeds. The Leeds gym is one of 3 gyms located in the UK, with their remaining three gyms located in Spain, Finland, and Russia. It prides itself on being ‘more than just a workout’. What that means, I have no idea, but I’m pretty sure I was about to find out.
For the first time in what felt like a century the sun was shining in Leeds, and with the mornings getting lighter, it was somewhat easy getting out of bed. I wouldn’t go as far to say I sprung out of bed, but my alarm wasn’t snoozed so I would call that a success. Today was the day I tried the infamous full body workout at Trib3. I’d recently heard through friends how hard their classes were, so I was intrigued to find out what all the fuss was about. Nervous? A little, but I love a challenge so excitement was a more prominent feeling right now.
On arrival I was greeted and given a tour of the industrial-chic style gym. With most gyms you can immediately tell that the changing rooms are on the bottom of their priority list, but with Trib3 this clearly wasn’t the case. It had a new, modern, luxurious design, and there was even complimentary deodorant, sanitary products, and hair products available in case you happened to forget the essentials.
The class is essentially a 45-minute high intensity group workout (HIT) split into three stages, all based in one room which feels more like a nightclub than a training studio.
Stage one was interval training on the treadmill.
Stage two which was resistance training, involving a series of weighted exercises. We did 6-10 reps of each exercise, and then repeated the exercises as many times as we could within the time period.
The third stage was intensity floor/ functional training. For this section we did a combination of bodyweight exercises such as press-ups, squats, and lunges. We had to do as many rounds of each body weight exercise as we could within the given amount of time. We then repeated these 3 stages, 3 times, and I’m not going to lie it was tough.
One of the ways they track your performance levels in the class is through a My Zone fitness belt, which you attach around your waist for the duration of the class. The belt monitors your heart rate, calories, and effort, with your level displayed on the screen in the class. Your final calorie count is also shown on the board at the end of the workout.
The unrelenting pace and the constant change in exercises meant that you had no time to think about anything else other than the class. I didn’t even attempt to look at the clock once, which is a big deal for me. The instructor pushed us to our limits throughout, and for someone who’s not a big sweater I can safely say that I was dripping (attractive I know). At the end of the session you find out how many calories you’ve burned, I managed to see off a good 550, with the top amount in our class being 720. The next day was a different story. I managed to feel aches and pains in muscles I never knew existed.
One of the great aspects to Trib3 is their quest to create a community of fitness enthusiasts. Working out with others is great socially, mentally, and physically, and the shake bar at reception provides a space to socialise and get to know other Trib3 warriors. Trib3 is more than just a gym; it is a positive sociable space that allows you to be surrounded by like-minded individuals who are all on a quest to pursue their own personal fitness goals.
Trib3 have successfully bought something new to the fitness scene in Leeds for all abilities. Want to spice up your fitness regime? Give Trib3 a go!
To find out more about Trib3, visit their website: https://www.trib3.co.uk
Don’t forget to sign up to receive a free class.