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Albert Einstein once said, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, is the definition of insanity. With the onset of autumn and the nights drawing in, we thought we would bite the bullet and throw in some early morning circuit training into the mix. Forty five minutes of hard core circuit training at 7am, when you could still be snuggled up in bed, was not our idea of fun. Though after six weeks at Speedflex, we may well be converts.

Speedflex is the polar opposite to anything a traditional gym can offer, combining cardiovascular with resistance training. The session incorporates the use of five machines which have a built-in system of hydraulics and electrics, and a pair of handle bars each. Only when pressed up or pulled down with force do the bars begin to resist, requiring a stronger or faster thrust. All the machines are weight-free with zero risk of injury, which means that people of all levels of abilities to work in the same session, at their own pace, while exercising multiple muscle groups simultaneously.

The session is essentially a high-intensity round of circuits. The machine work is paired with a range of floor exercises – from press ups, burpees, squats, sit-ups, kettle bell swings, to high-knee running. Whilst progress throughout is tracked with a heart-rate monitor which is strapped around your chest – providing an accurate calorie burn and heart-rate percentage.

Whether you are looking to tone up, strengthen or loose weight, Speedflex is a great way to accelerate fat loss – in each session we lost up to 800 calories, as well as improve speed and muscle tone. Add to this a great team of friendly instructors, and you have a fun way to effectively train and get results without the risk of injury. It’s a no brainer.


Speedflex provides 45 minute and 30 minute classes, every hour from 7am to 7pm. Like this, then check out some of the other workout options we recommend here.

Speedflex, Ground Floor, Plough Court, 33 – 36 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9BQ