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Get Active: Last man standing at intense fitness class in Barking

PUBLISHED: 15:32 05 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:16 06 April 2015

Jacob Ranson started off running as he took part in Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in Barking

Jacob Ranson started off running as he took part in Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in Barking

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Body Attack is the hardest class going at Abbey Leisure Centre. Our brave apprentice Jacob Ranson was up for the challenge – but did he end up living to regret it?

Jacob Ranson got his knees high as part of Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in BarkingJacob Ranson got his knees high as part of Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in Barking

It’s the class which people walk out of because it’s too much too handle and even the instructor gives out warnings.

I was the first to turn up to the Body Attack class bright and early on Thursday morning, with aerobics instructor Allison Overton greeting me with: “You picked the hardest class we offer, so just do what you can.”

Her comments made me even more curious about what the class in the newly opened Barking Abbey leisure centre had in store for me.

As we kicked off with some warm-up exercises, Allison’s words were playing on my mind, and I knew that I had to make sure I did everything well, as I’ve always prided myself on having good fitness levels.

Jacob Ranson takes a drink of water while taking part in Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in BarkingJacob Ranson takes a drink of water while taking part in Get Active in the new Abbey sports centre in Barking

We then stepped it up a gear, with my first drop of sweat coming early on, with a lot of running, jumping and shuffling to start.

We were just two loops into the first of three cardio sections, when the only fellow newcomer left the studio, leaving me the last man standing with five women that are regulars.

At this point everyone was starting to look extremely tired – yet the class about go up another level with two more loops of cardio, before upper body and lower body circuits.

The upper body section was probably the hardest section with plenty of push ups and “jacking planks” which really got the body burning, although it already was.

To round off, we did some quick movement lower which was definitely my favourite part of the class before finally doing a five minute intense abs workout.

Despite the burning stomach and legs, I felt great after the intense 45 minute class knowing I got a good workout in.

The Body attack class runs three times a week - Wednesdays at 12.15pm, Thursdays at 9.30am and Saturdays at 11.30am. It costs £7 for non-members.


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