Fancy hitting the park to break a sweat? DARE’s editor, Charmian, did just that at a British Military Fitness class...

Outdoor fitness class

Getting started

I do spin classes in ‘athleisure’ wear, which means my fitness level is way up there, right? So, when given the challenge of trying out this class, I didn’t blink… how hard could it be? I booked into an hour-long class in Hyde Park that started at 9.30am. Instead of getting there 15 minutes before the beginning to fill in my medical form, I rocked up at the same time as all the regular members and had to develop the art of speed writing. First tip – don’t do this!

The class

My instructor, Ash Gotham, put me in the beginners class (there are three levels, which means you work at the pace you can – or nearly can in my case). The warm-up involves a lot of running until you get to an area to do the exercises. The clue to the type of exercises is in the name of the class: lots of squats, push-ups, planks and sit-ups. Oh and did I mention running? You run after every set of exercises.

Outdoor fitness class

Give it a try

I’d be lying if I said the class was a breeze. I was out of breath for pretty much the whole hour. But I loved it. I really liked the sense of camaraderie you get from the other class members. There’s a real ‘we’re-in-this-together’ feel. Would I do it all again? Yes, in a shot. If you’re looking for a different type of class to try that’s out in the fresh air, this is it!

Outdoor fitness class