Listen up fitness fanatics: there’s a new cardio craze on the scene. Run Junkie has partnered with Lululemon to create an indoor pop-up running studio!
Venue: Lululemon Marylebone
Location: 74-75 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5JR
Class: Skillmill running experience
Budget or blowout: £15.00 for a 30-minute session
Launching its inaugural pop-up at Marylebone High Street’s Lululemon store, Run Junkie is a new indoor running studio open until Wednesday 31st January. We laced up our sneaks and headed to the opening night. Here’s our verdict of the new fitness kid on the block…
Running. You either love it or you hate it. Either way, one of the toughest challenges is finding the motivation to get outside on cold, dark and blustery winter evenings.
Vanessa and I have both completed marathons, (me a half, her a full) so we enjoy what running offers us. It helps us feel lighter in our minds and on our feet, it can be a great time to ride solo, switch off your phone and get some headspace, or a sociable experience as part of group, such as the Women’s Health Run Club or Doughnut Run Club.
Run Junkie takes the simplicity of outdoor running and combines it with cutting-edge technology to create an fun, full-body workout. It’s the first indoor running experience that utilises the Technogym Skillmill, a curved treadmill with no buttons to press, powered only by you.
30 minutes, 6 Skillmills and our trainer Rory Knight (@roryknightfitness) was all it took to totally convince us that Run Junkie really is the new running phenomenon.
The non-motorised treadmill has 10 levels of resistance, which you have the ability to control at the touch of a lever. Starting off slow, we practiced jogging and running on the self-powered machine and soon enough the hard work began… Our short yet sharp 30-minute session was divided into three parts; endurance, power and speed.
Endurance was all about finding a comfortable speed, maintaining it for 90 seconds, then resting for 30. Next up was a three-minute run, during which Rory set us individual distance goals that were realistic yet challenging. This personalised touch meant that we all pushed ourselves to our limits but without comparison. It was just me against my own will power and it felt fantastic to achieve the target I was set.
Heart still racing, it was time for the power round. We cranked the lever up to resistance level 8 and leaned forward resting our shoulders on the posts. Taking long strides and powering up our glutes, we pushed the Skillmill belt as hard as we could for 30 seconds at a time, followed by a round of jump squats – the ultimate booty burner!
20 minutes went by in a flash and we were soon on our third and final stage for speed drills. With levers back to zero and beats blaring from the sound system, the sprinting began. We gave this last round everything we had, running as fast as we possibly could for 20, 30 and 40 seconds at a time. Suddenly it was all over and our workout was complete!
Feeling energised, sweaty and extremely proud of ourselves, we welcomed a much-needed stretch, with the added treat of freshly chilled towels to cool down with.
We’re always on the hunt for classes that help us achieve our fitness goals and Run Junkie does just that.
Whether you’re the next Mo Farah, a complete beginner or an all-round fitness enthusiast – it doesn’t matter. Run Junkie caters for everyone because you control your pace and resistance.
In just 30 minutes, you can work on improving your fitness, stamina and power. Oh, and did I mention it’s a whole lot of fun?
Tickets are available at www.run-junkie.com but be quick, it’s a class you won’t want to miss and the pop-up only runs until Wednesday 31st January.
Given Run Junkie a go? Let us know in the comments below!