Lomax Chelsea has brought pay-as-you-go fitness, nutrition and wellbeing to the Fulham Road, with its philosophy focusing on getting the best results with the time and money that you have.
Set in a bright and breezy space on the Fulham Road, with a newly opened health food restaurant on the ground floor, two fitness studios, smart changing rooms and spa treatments, this is a venue that exudes health and wellness. Attractive, charismatic trainers strut about, like live advertisements for ‘The Lomax Way’, and well-dressed sloaney gym bunnies gather in cliques sipping shakes and Caravan coffee.
I arrived with Richard on a sunny Saturday morning to meet our trainer Michael for a two-to-one session known as ‘The Ripper‘. We are a somewhat exercise obsessed couple, so had picked the toughest sounding item on the workout menu! And at just £20 per person for an hour of nearly-personal training (that’s the same price as most fitness classes in London, where classes are at least 15x the size!), it was a no-brainer.
The Ripper is a 60-minute session from the Burn Series of classes – billed as “the ultimate interval workout to maximise fat burn and rip your body into shape”, it promised a workout that would push us to our absolute cardio limits – heart rates soaring, sweat pouring, legs trembling – and probably tears falling by the end of it!
Michael took us to the gym and we got set up in one of Lomax’s unique ‘pods‘. Each pod is essentially a mini gym – a cubicle with everything you need for a full body workout of both cardio and resistance training, including a squat rack, bench, Bosu and medicine balls, boxing pads, TRX suspension straps and a spin bike. There are a dozen pods in the fitness studio, so multiple people can be working out consecutively, within their own personal space.
We kicked off with a quick warm up on the spin bikes, Michael controlling the resistance to force us out of the saddle for hill climbs, or to sprint as fast as our legs would possibly turn.
He then briefed us on two different resistance exercises – we’d each do one of the exercises for a sixty seconds, and then switch over for another sixty; we’d repeat everything for three sets, with a thirty seconds breather in between.
We started with legs – TRX jump squats alternated with up-and-over bench hops. Michael kept an eye on our form all the while, pushing us to go harder and faster, and tutting if we slowed up.
The first set was manageable. The second certainly hurt. The third was killer.
There was no stopping to rest though – we were going to be hitting it hard for the full hour! Rounds of resistance training were broken up by bursts of boxing for cardio – after strapping us into boxing gloves and mopping our brows, Michael told us to “get angry” as we punched, hooked and ducked. By this point, the sweat was really dripping!
Arms were shredded next, using medicine balls and Olympic rings. Back to boxing, and then we hit the floor for burpees – always repeating each exercise for a full, painful minute. Michael was showing us just how a workout should be done.
As I was starting to think I had nothing left to give, we moved onto abs, and the teamwork began. Richard and I interlocked feet for synchronised sit-ups with a medicine ball, and then held strong in plank positions as we high-fiver each other with alternating hands.
A synchronised stretching session rounded off our hour, leaving us sweaty, glowing and buzzing, and wondering where the time had gone. The pain was already a memory, and only the endorphins remained. Our highly tailored, almost-personal, £20 training session had certainly been pretty awesome value in terms of cost per calorie burned!
We had certainly earned brunch from the Grill Market – avocado, smoked salmon and eggs on sourdough were ordered and washed down with post-workout fruity protein shakes. The Grill Market chefs have worked closely with the Lomax fitness and nutrition teams to design a menu with a fitness focus to satisfy both gym-goers and Chelsea locals.
There are perfectly balanced meals to help clients achieve their health and fitness goals, be it optimal nutrition, weight loss or muscle gain they’re after. There are a range of mouth-watering baked goods that are mostly gluten, refined sugar and dairy free – the gluten and sugar free Raw Peanut Butter Brownies are on my list for next time.
Lomax operates a strict no-membership policy to provide an affordable and flexible solution for achieving a myriad of fitness goals – everything from personal training sessions, to the power-focused Super Series, to pilates and the signature Blast class (which I also tried – it’s similar to The Ripper but for 8-10 people with an Ibiza-style soundtrack!). Then when you feel like you’ve worked quite hard enough, there are options for relaxation, rehabilitation and pampering in the wellbeing clinic, and culinary rewards at Grill Market.
This Fulham Road all-rounder will have you the picture of health in no time. We’re already booked in for our next Ripper workout as a couple – on Valentine’s Day, in fact!!
Workouts from £20 per person.
293 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9PZ