A dynamic new HIIT workout which combines mixed martial arts, intense cardio and strength training is launching at David Lloyd Clubs after taking London storm.

Blaze is a high intensity interval training (HIIT) boutique-style workout class that is synced to music by epic dance DJs. The class offers a whole new way of working out and invites attendees to wear a heart rate monitor throughout the class to track their progress and encourage healthy competition amongst class participants or simply beat their personal best. Its debut at David Lloyd Clubs’ sister club in Kensington has doubled participation in group exercise.

The Blaze studio is home to a set of Woodway treadmills, a bespoke weight bench called the Blaze box with suspended punch and core bags for mixed martial arts.

On arrival at the class, participants strap a MyZONE heart rate monitor around their chests which links to a screen in the studio. Activity is classified into ‘yellow’, ‘green’ and ‘red’ zones, with the red zone being where class members are working their hardest and encourages healthy competition between the class.

The Woodway treadmills, bespoke Blaze box and martial arts bags act as stations and participants move between these stations; running, lifting weights or boxing and martial arts. As the class moves around, the activities change, all the while working in time to different coloured lighting and dance music that plays over the class.

The signature Woodway treadmills can be set to a steep incline for maximum cardiovascular activity. Meanwhile the Blaze box contains dumbbells in varying weights, so those in the class can choose the weight that suits their ability. The suspended punch bags and mobile core bags allow participants to perform a mix of boxing techniques and martial arts, testing both agility and strength, as well as blowing off some steam.

The signature Blaze class lasts 45 minutes and there is also a 55-minute class which packs even more of a punch.

Members spend three to four minutes at each station and coloured lighting changes in the class signalling the end of the round, allowing a breather until they move on to the next station.

The Blaze class is led by a fearless instructor, encouraging participants to work harder, get in the red zone (maximum heart rate effort) and challenge themselves while burning fat and building strength. In a 45-55 min Blaze session you can potentially achieve a 500-1000 calorie burn.

Michelle Dand, Group Fitness Manager for David Lloyd Clubs says, “The Blaze studio brings boutique style fitness to David Lloyd Clubs and is perfect for those looking to train in a fast-paced and exciting environment with varied and challenging exercises. What sets Blaze apart from other city boutique studios is that the class is offered alongside the membership at David Lloyd Clubs. It means members can enjoy HIIT training in a cutting edge studio, alongside the premium changing facilities and showers , state-of-the-art gym facilities and other timetabled classes – all within their membership price*.’

Blaze will be available at David Lloyd Clubs across the UK from Saturday March 3rd 2018.




Notes to editors:  

The Blaze class will be available at the following clubs from March 2018:

Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol Long Ashton, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Woking, Kings Hill, Acton Park, Amsterdam and Brussels

About David Lloyd Leisure Group

David Lloyd Leisure Group has 112 clubs -  98 clubs in the UK and a further 14 clubs across Europe, comprising its two brands David Lloyd Clubs and Harbour Clubs (of which there are three -  Chelsea, Notting Hill and Kensington). 

On 1 June 2017 it acquired 14 UK health and racquets clubs from Virgin Active as well as opened its third Harbour Club at Kensington following a £5.5m investment and redevelopment programme. It also announced it had acquired The Park Club in Chiswick, London and The Academy Club in Harrogate, and in January 2018 it exchanged contracts to acquire City Green Health & Sporting Club near Geneva.

It has approximately 580,000 members and employs around 8100 people.  This includes an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 while it contracts the services of more than 680 tennis professionals.

Across all clubs, David Lloyd Leisure has over 180 swimming pools (of which half are indoor) and offers over 13,000 exercise classes per week.

Every week over 25,000 children learn to swim at David Lloyd Leisure, 16000 children learn to play in the Tennis Stars Coaching Programme.

David Lloyd Club’s racquets facilities are unparalleled with over 1000 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts.

Additional facilities include health and beauty spas, club lounges with free internet access, crèches, nurseries and specialist sports shops.



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