HIIT-ING ANXIETY, HARD
All of our Rebels hit up the Reshape, Rumble and Ride studios for a range of reasons. Whether it's weight loss, strength training, to smash a new PB on the treadmill or to even just feel that daily endorphin rush. We recently caught up with Emily Hartridge after her third Rumble session of the week to hear about how she's HIITing anxiety right in the face...
Never in a million years did I think I would be boxing and ACTUALLY loving it as well. But here I am.
People have always assumed that I am someone who does a lot of exercise. Perhaps it’s because I'm quite a restless person and am constantly on the move. Also just a tip for you, if you want people to think you’re a fitness fanatic just walk around in exercise clothes all day, it seemed to the do the trick for me.
But the truth was, I hardly did any exercise. I played netball once a week and I just walked everywhere, and when I say everywhere I mean EVERYWHERE. I would often walk from my flat in Clapham into Central London which takes a good hour and a half and I’d rarely use the tube. I for some reason have always had shocking stamina so a run was totally out of the question. I had friends who smoked and partied a lot and could still run a marathon with ease but at school I was always a sprinter, never a runner. I don’t know why, I just don’t have good stamina so walking it was.
Now I am not saying walking isn’t exercise and I really enjoyed it but do you know what you don’t get from walking? ENDORPHINS! I always felt better after a long walk but I wasn’t sweating, I didn’t get that europhic high from my walk that you get from running or a high intensity exercise class. So for me it wasn’t enough and I knew I needed to find my ‘thing’.
Boy did it take a long time to find my ‘thing’. I tried yoga on numerous occasions (all I did throughout each class was think what I wanted to eat after), hot yoga (looking at other people's sweat drip onto the floor was just too much for me), 80s aerobics (I actually enjoyed this class but it was only on once a week), kick boxing (boxing into the air feels like it’s boxing created for women and I don’t like that), going to the gym (I DETEST going to the gym, I feel like a hamster on a wheel when I am on the treadmill).
I have a history of fairly chronic anxiety which I battled with for years and I know exercise can do wonders for it, but I never realised until now the EXTENT to which it can help. People always used to tell me how much it can release that growing feeling of un-fulfilment, sadness and being out-of-control, that I know all too well. I was someone who hated most forms of exercise so I simply didn't want to try it- what was the point? It turns out I was wrong, oh so wrong! So I continued my search...
I can’t for the life of me remember how I found out about 1Rebel Rumble but it was something I hadn’t tried before and at this point I left like I had nothing to lose. I signed up to my first 30 minute Rumble class (just in case I hated it like everything else I had tried). I was only around 10 minutes into the class when I thought ‘F*CK I LOVE THIS’ and I walked out of the class feeling amazing. I had some serious europhia going on!
What’s so good about the Rumble class is that it’s not just boxing, it's a total mix up of boxing, cardio exercises and each 1Rebel trainer brings something different so the sessions. They never become monotonous or same-y, which is ideal for those of us who get bored quickly.
For me, Rumble in particular has been one of the greatest ways of dealing with my anxiety because the class is so intense and fast that it distracts me from my own mind/thoughts. It's dark with loud soul-lifting music, which I absolutely love. Each Rebel gets their own punchbag and I can’t tell you how much punching that bag relieves so much of my stress and produces so many endorphins. If there is something I am particularly stressed or worried about I can channel that into my boxing. When I walk out of that Rumble room, I feel both physically and mentally stronger, like I could take on anything in the world. And that is a feeling I've had never really experienced before and I LOVE IT.
It sounds slightly cringe but Rumble and boxing in general has seriously changed my life. Not only have they greatly reduced my anxiety levels but physically I look stronger, more toned and they have become an integral part of my life. So, to anyone reading this, who thinks that they just hate all exercise and can't face the thought of exercising around other people, I guarantee it’s because you just haven’t found your ‘thing’ yet. Keep trying different things out (start with Rumble!) and I promise that you will just KNOW when you have found 'IT'. There is honestly no point doing something if you don’t enjoy it because you will always end up quitting. I started Rumble 3 months ago and now religiously go 3 times a week and will continue doing so until I'm old and grey.
I am officially part of the #REBELARMY and I bloody love it!