F45 has reinvented your fitness game and FACT’s Marisela Paesano tells us why this should be your 2019 resolution.

Millennials are ditching big-box gyms and signing up for smaller boutique fitness classes that promise a toned body and a fun experience. In an effort to learn more about this growing trend, I decided to try F45 Training.

F45 Training combines elements of HighIntensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. The fusion of these three training concepts has led to the development of over 30 different 45-minute workout experiences. Every day they’ve got a different class on, rotating between cardio and strength and conditioning. No two workouts are ever the same, ensuring variety to keep members motivated and coming back for more. No room for boredom at F45’s premises.

F45 focuses on functional movement patterns, which are incorporated with HIIT. This means that you’re doing intense bursts of functional movement to ensure the most effective workout possible. The training emphasis is on time rather than repetitions, workouts vary between 20-60 seconds on and 10-20 seconds off where members work out in groups on circuits which change daily.

Aside from the benefits of HIIT training (increases in aerobic capacity/general fitness/muscle tone and mass/general cardiac health etc), often the benefits of functional training produce profound changes in a person’s posture, as well as their day-to-day capabilities, and also injury/pain prevention.

The F45 Doha crew is super cool. Everyone high fives each other and there is a welcoming, supportive vibe in the studio. The instructors provide a live demo at each station live before class so that there are no vacant expressions. There are a few helpful screens around the studio so if you have a mental block due to exhaustion and you can’t even remember your own name you always have a backup.

We did a quick warm-up, then raced around 20 different stations, some stations were really challenging but it truly was an amazing workout! I’m not going to lie – I have a long way to go before I’m strong enough to REALLY get the full benefit of this workout – but I’m super pumped for challenging myself in 2019.

The studio runs a number of classes throughout the day, but, each class draws in big crowds, so, if you like a more intimate, hands-on approach or have any injuries that require extra attention, ask ahead for quieter class times. The lively energetic atmosphere in these group classes also proves itself to be a great motivator and makes me want to keep coming back — something many of us have struggled with at traditional gyms.

Top 3 Tips
Be Social – The social element of group fitness is so important, and you will most likely make friends with your fellow members. AT F45 there is a strong community element which means users are more likely to work to their maximum.
Stick at it – Aim to train three-to-five times per week and you’ll soon see results within four-to-eight weeks.
Eat well – As with any weight loss programme, it is essential to follow a balanced, healthy diet alongside exercise. F45 offers a tailored nutrition programme as part of its 8-week challenge, to ensure individuals achieve their health objectives, whether they are looking to reduce body fat, get leaner or feel better about themselves. ✤


A new revolutionary way to lose weight is here and it is 100% free. Sign up for the next F45 8 week challenge starting on 4th February 2019 and gain access to a plethora of help and advice to support you on your new journey. Track your progress, access nutritional meal plans and recipes amidst their 45 point plan support programme to guarantee results. Immerse yourself in F45’s supportive materials, including an array of video blogs from leading experts in the industry.
Sign up today at f45challenge.com