Real world fitness, as opposed to fitness on a mat or a machine, means becoming a generalist with a wide movement vocabulary. We want bodies that are ready for whatever life throws at them; typically that comes in awkward, organic and unexpected shapes. So we train for that, not for the mirrors.
Our skill-based classes cover movement & mobility, strength & stamina, play & fight techniques, incorporating both mindfulness and breath work. Everything is fully scalable for all ages and abilities.
Our approach is fun, engaging and inclusive, varying in intensity from easy to hard and slow to fast according to class type and clientele, the goal being to encourage some sort of daily movement practice with a view to long-term health.
Our class content is designed for the unpredictability of real life in the outside world meaning we train asymmetrically, playing with uneven loads, foot positions and grips as well as interactive partner and group drills that encourage the body to explore its full movement vocabulary. No linear reps and sets, no reclining seats or TV screens.
In our training facilities, we therefore opt for a mix of sandbags, bars, beams, ropes, balls and weights made of premium natural materials sourced from trusted suppliers or, for certain items, made locally using indigenous wood with help from a carpenter.
By focusing on wood, bamboo, leather, canvas and rubber in our equipment choices, we ensure a harmonious 'nature gym' experience. Suitable treadmills, bikes and rowers can also be included in our equipment selection when required.
Movement: mid-pace & mid-intensity; focusing on quality of movements to develop agility, skill and confidence before adding load or reps in other classes; expand your movement vocabulary at your own speed; expect to roll, balance, hang and crawl
Mobility: slow pace & low intensity; active flexibility work with a subtle strength component; expanding the body's range of motion to open up opportunities for more movement variety while developing a healthier spine, hips and joints
Strength: slow pace & high intensity; using body weight and added resistance, expect lots of isometric holds, plyometrics and low rep ranges using the rings, beams, ropes, parallettes and sandbags as well as challenging locomotion patterns
Stamina: fast pace & high intensity; bodyweight or light resistance only, high rep ranges, constantly varied movement-based interval training, expect to crawl, jump, sprint, practice get-ups, twists, shadow boxing and more
Play: mid-pace & mid-intensity; interactive partner and group work using balance beams, balls, ropes, gloves, pads and sticks to put a range of movement skills into action in dynamic, playful situations that reward a mindful, calm approach
Fight: fast pace & high intensity; combat-inspired training to build confidence in the basics of striking and grappling as well as reaction times, spatial awareness, footwork, blocking and avoiding