This blog has allowed me to experience some weird and wonderful things; from eating sausages on TV and foraging in deepest darkest Rochdale for gin botanicals. A few weeks ago I was asked to do something just as weird and wonderful. I was asked to do a workout in the Orient at the Trafford Centre to celebrate the launch of a new online workout tool called Workout In.
The Workout In concept is similar to that of GymCube.com. Online workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home meaning they are perfect if you can’t get out of the house due to having sleeping babies or if you simply can’t get to the gym in the morning before work. The main difference with Workout In is the webcam experience. You log in, select your workout and when you start your trainer can see you on the webcam of your PC or laptop. This seems like a much safer way to workout for beginners as your trainer can coach you on technique and posture to prevent injuries.
Working out in the Trafford Centre was certainly an experience but we got to try bitesized chunks of the different workouts that will be available. There is also the option to have a 1-1 session with your favourite trainer, just check their timetable and book your slot! It couldn’t really be simpler.
As someone who has recently got back into fitness I ran this idea past my Personal Trainer John who chuckled as the team at Workout In are actually based in the same building has his fitness centre! It is certainly a small world. He said the people are lovely and that there are some great trainers signed up to do the programmes but did have reservations, as did I. The website says you need no equipment for the programmes and there is no nutritional information on there at all. John is a firm believer in strength training with the right eating plan for the best results so I certainly wasn’t surprised when he mentioned this. I also think the sessions are quite pricey. At £8 per group class (when not bought in a bundle) and £15 per 1-1 session (when not bought in a bundle) the prices are not for those on a small budget.
I’d like to defend Workout In and say they are very new. This concept has only launched in the last few weeks and I spy a blog being updated with some food advice so I’m guessing this may house more of the nutrition based information that John would be looking for. When it comes to the lack of strength training I’d recommend using this site alongside another form of fitness. I see John twice a week for group personal training sessions so, for additional classes during the week, this would be perfect for me. There are also yoga classes on the site which would be great for building my flexibility and core strength. You get a free class when you sign up and you don’t need to input your card details to register, not got much to lose really have you?
I was asked to attend the workoutout session at the Trafford Centre for the purpose of this review however anyone could have attended the session. This is an honest opinion of the site and concept.