Not the stiff environment I had envisaged, the entrance of Lomax leads into a fresh, bright cafe with the most healthy looking offerings I have ever seen. With friendly faces scattered about the place and an overwhelming feeling that all around me wouldn’t flinch if asked to drop for 80 press ups (both trainers and clients), this surprisingly didn’t cause anxiety, which can only have been credited to the fact that everyone is just so damn nice in there.
My time at Lomax was to be a week of intense training with their RedCarpetReady plan; two hours a day consisting of a RealRyder spinning class (the bikes move with your body, hence the word ‘real’ in the title) and personal training session with one of Lomax’s leading trainers.
My Red Carpet Ready plan had been discussed prior to my arrival with Hilary, who is easily the most athletic, sculpted female trainer on earth – imagine Madonna at the height of her workout obsession, only far more attractive. Initially intimidated by the entire team due to their physiques, you very quickly come to realise it’s like one big (unreasonably fit) family and they guide you rather than push you beyond your limits.
Hilary was going to ensure I truly was ‘red carpet ready’ within the 7 days allotted for my fitness and nutrition plan; she could not have worked me harder, but somehow (and I am still not sure how) my time with her was enjoyable and as such I didn’t actually notice she was working my body harder than I would have thought possible.
A morning start in the spinning studio went from dread (day 1) to wanting the class to extend to more time (day 5) and just writing this is making me long for those intense bike sessions.
A break before my personal training session each day saw my chance to sample a number of the creative (and unreasonably delicious) smoothies at their juice bar – not to mention the nutritionally considered healthy food. My food for the week was provided by the Lomax experts and without question, this played a major part in the results I saw at the end of my 7 days.
Hilary worked my body each day with varying routines, while concentrating on reducing the inches in areas I had mentioned needed to be gone by the time my shorts were brought out of hiding. Boxing proved to be a personal favourite (who knew?!), perhaps made less severe in appearance by the bubblegum pink boxing gloves I was given to wear.
I am now two days passed my intense training week with Lomax, I am longing for my morning spinning session and clambering to be back in the studio executing 40 burpies (yes, I had to be educated in the terminology, but seem to have grasped it now.)
I exited the gym 7 days after my initial training session inches smaller than when I had entered. There are diets, detoxes and other plans to lose weight, but it’s only training that gets you true and lasting results – Lomax just proved this point.