In the darkness, shifting silhouettes are illuminated briefly under the spotlights. A strobe light flickers across the glistening face of a woman with clenched fists a few steps to my right.
Gritty music pounds out from the speakers, building the anticipation crackling through the basement room.
No, I’m not in a grimy London bar, I’m at 1Rebel’s Rumble, the high-intensity boxing class taking uber-fit Londoners by storm.
Styled as the ‘gym for people who hate gyms’, 1Rebel is the brainchild of James Balfour, son of Fitness First owner Mike Balfour. Pay-as-you-go sessions do away with membership fees, while high-intensity, ‘no pain, no gain’-type workouts aim to achieve visible results, faster.