Class review: City Strongman at The Foundry

When and where 

The Foundry’s Bank studio, Saturdays at 11am. 

What’s the drill? 

A gruelling 45-minute strength training circuit. City Strongman is The Foundry’s signature class, inspired by the World’s Strongest Man competition. You’ll begin with a thorough warm-up of cat-camels, squats and burpees to get you ready to pump some iron, then you’ll work your way around each station in small groups using typical strongman equipment. Expect sled-dragging, prowler-pushing, sandbag carries and farmer’s walks — it’s not called the “toughest workout in the city” for nothing. 

The Skinny

Everyone ends this class on the floor, but a proper cool down will leave you able to walk home afterwards. The class is designed to help you burn fat and build some serious strength. 

The social network 

This has to be one of the friendliest studios in town so expect to get chatting in the changing rooms. The class attracts a sporty crowd, although it’s open to all abilities. And don’t be fooled by the name, there’s usually a fairly even split of stongwomen and strongmen. 

Instructor appeal

Former rugby union player and co-founder of The Foundry Ben Gotting is the mastermind behind this class and he sometimes teaches the class on a Saturday at the Bank studio. He’ll keep an eye on you if you’re a newbie and encourage you to be confident in your first few lifts, while ensuring the more experienced weightlifters are doing so safely and with perfect form. 

What to pack 

Shower gel and towels are provided in the changing rooms, as are sweat towels — you’ll need one. A pair of weightlifting shoes are worth the investment once you’re hooked, but most people are in regular workout trainers. 

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The sounds 

Ben is partial to a bit of UK garage and his tunes will keep you going when you feel like your arms are about to fall off. 

Locker-room chat 

There are five showers, as well as hairdryers and straighteners. Water fountains are dotted around the studio and the friendly reception team, Tas and Joel, are on-hand to make well-earned post-workout shakes. The studio is no frills: the focus here is all on results, whether you’re dropping in for a class or undertaking a transformation programme.

Tips for first timers

Don’t be intimated by all of the equipment — even the atlas stones — there are options for lighter weights at every station so you can go at your own pace. 

The afterburn 

You’ll leave feeling a sense of achievement, especially when you find yourself hitting new PBs each week (which is the whole idea). Expect to feel it all over the next day. 

From £20 a class,


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