Is F45 the future of student fitness?

Eoin Harte

The fitness industry has experienced a major boost in the last number of years, with new and innovative regimes grabbing people’s attentions.

Among the front runners in this new worldwide fitness craze is F45. F45 is a form of High-intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that takes 45 minutes.

F45 was set up by Australian fitness enthusiast Rob Deutsch in 2011. One of his main reasons for setting up the company was because the majority of people use their gym memberships rarely and many quite after a year.

Trish Moroney, a personal trainer with F45, spoke to The College View about the fitness club.

“Every day is different, so you never know what to expect as there are 30 different workout programs scheduled throughout the year, with seven of those alternating daily throughout the week.

“Technology plays a key role in F45, each studio has a set of TV’s that guide members through their workout, they feature the specific exercise been performed on their station, timer, when to move station and where to move to,” Moroney said.

One of the features of F45 is that no matter where you are in the world, everyone involved will be doing the same training at the same time.

“F45 strives to foster a community environment within each studio and globally, hence wherever you are in the world if you attend an F45 studio while on business or pleasure you will be completing the same workout as your ‘F45 fit fam’ back home,” Moroney explained.

While F45 has managed to build up a healthy number of members, it does come with a hefty price tag. A silver membership with one of the clubs will set you back €189 a month. Moroney believes that the price is reasonable for what the clubs provide.

“F45 clients on average go to five classes per week, the more you go the better value it works out at.  While big box gym memberships are cheaper per week/month, statistics show most gym members almost never go to the gym, unless motivated by a personal trainer.”

“Personal Trainers cost €25, €70 plus an hour for one session, so paying €40 plus per week for five to six F45 sessions actually works out on average €7 per class,” Moroney said.

Those trying to survive on a student budget are unlikely to join an F45 club, however. Second year Business student and fitness enthusiast Elayna Keller was intrigued by the idea but couldn’t justify buying a membership.

“I get that you get the big community aspect, there’s a huge variety of workouts but you’re paying crazy money in a month when you could just buy a workout program for €80, and it’ll give you months and months of workouts?”

Keller was impressed by F45’s commitment to motivating people but believed that people will only buy into a fitness programme if they truly want to.

“Realistically it all just comes down to your motivation and desire to actually do the program. And if you don’t like the program or gym or method or it doesn’t match up with your goals, you’re not gonna be going for it,” Keller said.

Eoin Harte

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