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We try… NOK-OUT at KxU

Anna from Sport & Fitness at her NOK-OUT class

KxU is the brand-new, no-membership boutique fitness hub in Chelsea, situated on Chelsea’s beautiful Pavilion Road (house goals) and a stone’s throw from Sloane Square. It’s the younger sister of Kx Private Members Club (just £2,000 to join and £575 per month after that…) and as a result KxU is as sleek and stylish as you would imagine. 

Luckily for me (and anyone else who doesn’t have a casual £2,000 lying around), KxU is a solely pay-as-you go fitness concept that combines all three principles of fitness: strength, stretch and cardio, as well as tempting post-workout treatments and shakes that we’ve come to expect from all high end gyms in London. They offer a variety of classes, which start from £24 and no joining fee, that include everything from yoga and barre to the rather scary sounding ‘The Games’ and ‘NOK-OUT’.

I took the plunge and signed myself up for the 6.45am NOK-OUT led by personal trainer Simi White. Having never done a boxing class before I was slightly nervous about what was in store for me but any pre-class apprehension I had quickly disappeared as Simi quickly and clearly talked the whole class through the different boxing moves. Jab, cross, hook – I felt like a professional in no time.

I entered the state of the art studio and after a short warm up and a quick walk through the floor circuit the class was underway. I started off on the floor circuit which involved one minute of high intensity work at the six stations with no rest in between. After six minutes of squats, burpees, skiers, lunges it certainly didn’t feel like 6.45am anymore. 

The six minutes were up and then it was my turn on the punch bag, a brutal range of combinations, again, with no rest at all in between.  After three rounds of the floor and the punch bag, the whole class finished off the gruelling session with five tough minutes on the punch bag and a quick stretch at the end. A great session and I was exhausted.

KxU really have thought about everything, from the super-easy app booking system and the top of the range sound systems in every studio to the rose-gold changing rooms and built in phone chargers in every locker, it genuinely is a lovely place to work out.

With all the classes starting from £24, it’s not cheap, but there’s no joining fee and the quality of classes speaks for itself. I’ve already been back and I’ll continue to go back!   

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