Are you looking to intensify your workouts? Perhaps you have reached a plateau in your fitness? I had a peak at London’s brand-new fitness sensation, Manor, and took part in their Yard Work class (check out my full review at We Heart Living). Established by 2 professional fighters, Charlie Watts and Chris Baugh, Manor brings you fitness that resonates a fighter’s training programme. Here’s how I got on so get ready to discover your ability to train, fight and recover with Manor.
Manor is distributed throughout London, but it’s flagship is located in Victoria offering it’s signature classes including; Box Con Bags and Yard Work. Boxing being an integral part of Manor, Charlie and Chris believe the physical, mental and emotional benefits of getting into the ring are undeniable. “There’s nothing like learning the art of boxing to put you face to face with your own doubts and challenge you to overcome them,” says former undefeated pro boxer Chris Baugh.
Manor’s sophisticated décor blended with industrial touches compliments a don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty kind of attitude. With motivational words like train, fight and recover pinned on the walls, plus the famous ‘Made in the Manor’ backdrop (an excellent souvenir for the gram) it’s clear to see that egos are left at the door. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or beginner, Manor caters to all fitness levels. MMA pro Charlie Watts says, “It’s all about working hard in a fun and relaxed environment; no egos, fads or gimmicks. This is how an athlete would train and flourish and now we all can.”
So, let’s get down to business. Even though boxing is Manor’s specialty, beyond the ring and bags is an empty carpark that broadens to an outdoor garage. This is home to Yard Work. Designed to help improve all round physical performance, Yard Work is Manor’s modified ‘strongman’ session involving a challenging recipe of plyometrics, speeds, agility, endurance, core stability and strength training.
Beginning with a dumbbell warm up, including snatches, squats and shoulder presses, we soon realized that yard work is certainly hard work. However, powered by Daft Punk and support from the class, we quickly caught the adrenaline bug for more. Our trainer Ben didn’t just bark exercises at us, he took part throughout the class as well, what’s more motivating than that? Together we ran up hills, crushed a ladder sequence of burpees and powered through heavy lifting reps, giving everything we had working as a team. Team work is a big influence to Manor’s strength and conditioning class. We found ourselves not only pushing further to our own ability but for others too and this made it just as rewarding when we accomplished the workout.
Yard Work isn’t for the faint hearted, however you don’t need to be a super fit athlete to take part. That’s what make’s Manor’s Yard Work so great is that it attracts all levels of fitness, you just need a pocketful of determination and a strong coffee beforehand. Yard Work will challenge you to push past your boundaries and step outside your comfort zone to help build a stronger body and fitter mind.
What’s more is that Manor helps to give back to fitness and wider communities by their Manor Sponsored Athlete Programme. They work with up and coming boxers and other athletes to further their development, and showcase regular charity boxing events held throughout the year, with all proceeds going to the charity Ourmala.
Get yourself down to Manor and train like an athlete. Manor SW1 memberships start from £85 a month for 2 classes per week, prices vary depending on the location of the gym.