As two 20-something fashion assistants in Manhattan, you can often find us working late and raiding the vending machine (Cheez-Its, anyone?) instead of hitting the gym or at home whipping up a healthy meal. In an effort to finally get fit, we have armed ourselves with a mission to test out the hottest workouts around, while learning how to recreate the experience at home.
First up is SBC, aka the hardest class we’ve ever done (we couldn’t walk properly for a week, true story). Russell Bateman is the London-based trainer and owner of SBC, and he is high in demand (he counts top British models, like Daisy Lowe, Chelsea Leyland, Edie Campbell, and Bradley Cooper’s girlfriend Suki Waterhouse, as his clients).
His method of training is crazy intensive and completely out of the box. Let’s just say, he had us doing moves that used muscles we never knew we had. Since his London classes are always sold out (and also across the Atlantic), he gave us his top four SBC moves that you can do at home, demonstrated by yours truly.
— Rebecca Carhart and EJ Briones, InStyle Editorial Assistants
1. Can-Can Kicks (above)
"Can-can kicks are intense cardio and a killer for the triceps, legs and core. Get the rhythm in sync and it can be really explosive and is a great tool to increase fitness."
2. Clock Lunges (above)
"Imagine you are on a clock face: Lunge to 12 o’clock, then to 6, 3, and 9. The variability of movement and the dynamic motion of the lunges will work every part of your lower body. It can look very cool when synchronized to perfection. When you perfect the move, add weights and hold them above your head!"
3. Primal Jump Crawls (above)
"This is called primal crawl jumps with a twist. These work your core and legs with a very human movement pattern. Wearing the SBC bands around the knees also help to fire the butt muscles!"
4. Inverted Wall Climbers (above)
"These really challenge your heart, core, and whole body coordination. This a move designed to take you out of your comfort zone. Try for 30 seconds!"