Reshape at 1Rebel Angel: One of London’s Toughest Workouts

Reshape at 1Rebel Angel: One of London’s Toughest Workouts 4

King of boutique gyms, 1Rebel, has just opened its sixth studio in Angel, focusing entirely on their gruelling 45-minute Reshape class.

If you’ve not heard of them, 1Rebel gyms are the place to be seen breaking a sweat.

They offer pay-as-you-go classes designed around a type of training called ‘HIIT’, meaning High Intensity Interval Training.

Inside 1Rebel Angel

Loved by London’s celebs and socialites, 1Rebel boasts some of the capital’s most challenging workouts designed to push you to your limits in less than an hour.

Like all their studios, their latest opening in Angel has a members’ club feel. There are spa-like changing rooms and no end of little luxuries like refrigerated sweat towels, GHD hairdryers and straighteners, and free prosecco on Fridays.

1Rebel Angel has a post-apocalyptic feel

Looks-wise, the Angel club is different from the others with a post-apocalyptic theme. There’s hanging plants, dark studios and raw, industrial-style furnishings.

Reshape at 1Rebel Angel: One of London’s Toughest Workouts 5It’s all about 1Rebel’s Reshape class at Angel. It’s a 45-minute session that combines sprints and incline intervals on cutting-edge treadmills, as well as floor-based movements using weights. There are three levels to choose from, so you can decide how hard you go. But be warned, even the lowest level will challenge you.

Don’t expect to be able to coast at the back of the class either – you’ll be encouraged to push through the pain by the elite instructors. When you run out of steam the DJ curated playlist will carry you through.

Angel calls the Reshape class their “most gruelling workout” that’ll “push you to exertion that you never thought was possible”.

Gruelling it is.

The reward? Endorphin overload and a buzzy post-workout feeling like no other. Those who work hardest can expect to burn a whopping 1,000 calories.

James Balfour, Co-Founder of 1Rebel says: “With our new studio, 1Rebel want to encourage people to forget about living through rose-coloured glasses and champion the pain which has helped people grow. Whether that’s attending a Reshape class and feeling euphoric afterwards or enduring the pain of leaving a bad relationship and finding your next love.”

Reshape at 1Rebel Angel: One of London’s Toughest Workouts 81 Rebel Angel – Where & How?

1Rebel Angel is located at 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD.

A single Reshape session at Angel costs £22. Packages are also available. To book or find out more, visit

Leanne Kelsall

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Leanne jumped ship from a sleepy suburban town to the Big Smoke to pursue a career in creative writing and advertising. She now freelances as a luxury travel and lifestyle journalist for Luxurious Magazine. As an avid storyteller, she combines her love of the written word and luxury travel to review trending and undiscovered hotels, restaurants and events. Recent adventures have taken her as far as Fiji, Iceland and New York to discover what really makes the world’s top hotels tick. As well as writing, her passions include boutique luxury escapes, fine dining, theater and music events, alongside a keen interest in fitness having been a previous British swimming record-holder and a current fitness/figure champion.

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