The 1R team is continously expanding and recruiting new talent to join the dream team. We've recently appointed a new General Manager of our St Mary Axe studio, Claire Poiret. We sat down with Claire to discuss her secret talent that is hot on everyone's lips...


Tell us about your background? How did you get into the fitness industry?

I played 12 years of basketball back home in France, with intense physical prep before each season and I learnt to love team spirit. I was also a professional salsa dancer and when I arrived in London in 2011 (without knowing the language), I wanted to build a network and start dancing in the London Salsa scene. I ended up dancing for Cuban Fury as an extra dancer and now work with a number of dance groups.

I only discovered my real love for the fitness industry after working on Front of House in a big fitness chain. I passed my level 2/3 fitness qualifications and am now a full-time Rebel, St Mary Axe GM as well as teaching dance classes every week along with occasional PT sessions. 

What’s the most rebellious thing you’ve ever done?

Going into the pilot cabin of a plane without authorisation.

Which is your favourite 1R session? 

I'm still yet to try all of our instructors' sessions but so far I love RESHAPE and RUMBLE. I love being dead after a session, our instructors are another level and you're guaranteed to work harder than you thought you possibly could!  

What's the last lie you told? 

When I pretended I was someone else to sneak into a private party at one of London's top night clubs with my friends. The bouncer was completely clueless...

So, we've heard you have a secret to us about twerking.

Well, there's not much to say, I let the video below do the talking...

If you had to spend a whole day stuck in a lift with 3 people who would you chose? 

1- Eric Thomas for his inspirational speeches.

2- My best Twerk student so that we can twerk away whilst we wait for the lift to be fixed...

3- Camille Lellouche (French comedian: she makes me laugh and would definitely help pass the time).

Where would we find you on the weekend?

Probably training in the day and dancing at night. I love trying out new places around London. You'll find me amongst the salsa scene on a Friday, hitting Mayfair's Sexy Fish for dinner on Saturday and Shoreditch Grind for a nice brunch on a Sunday. Otherwise I'll be at home chilling on the sofa. 

Be sure to introduce yourself to Claire in studio and follow her on Instagram if you want live twerk updates.