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What Is F45? Here's Everything You Need to Know About the New Boutique Fitness Trend

F45 may have been created for a small gym in Australia, but it’s a workout craze that’s taking the country by storm. Thanks to its unique structure and excellent efficiency, it’s a workout you may definitely want to consider.

What is F45?

The meaning is in the name:

F stands for Functional, the nature of the workout. Instead of focusing on heavy weightlifting, the goal is developing functional strength.

45 means 45 minutes, the duration of the workout. The goal is to help exercises fit in one heck of a workout in less than an hour. It’s great for busy professionals!

The 45 also refers to the length of the intervals. All of the intervals are 45 seconds long, with 15 seconds of rest between each movement. The High-Intensity Interval Training program does wonders to push your cardiovascular system and shred serious muscle, but in a fraction of the time, you’d spend if you lifted weights or went jogging.

F45 Fitness Studios

F45 isn’t just a workout, it’s a chain of more than 400 fitness studios around Australia. The boutique fitness studios (similar to CrossFit boxes) are created specifically for the F45 workouts, with only the equipment and machines you need to get in a killer HIIT workout in 45 minutes.

The F45 Workouts

The beauty of the F45 workouts is that they are simple workouts for simple people. You don’t need to have years of experience under your belt; all you need is a will to work and push yourself hard. The movements are all simple and easy to learn. Best of all, they mimic the activities you do in your everyday life.

Think about all of the movements you do throughout your day:

  • Squatting
  • Twisting
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting

These are the sorts of exercises used in the F45 workout. There’s no worries about heavyweight or getting your MaxReps on. Instead, it’s about developing the sort of strength, endurance, and mobility that you need to get through your activities of daily life.

The workouts focus on building lean muscle, the sort that boosts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories every day. It’s a high-intensity interval workout that will push your heart to its limits and help you target your muscles for more effective strength and endurance every day. Best of all, it encourages better flexibility and mobility through the broad range of exercises.

With more than 1,000 exercises to choose from, F45 students can craft a tailor-made program that helps them to focus on their specific strengths and reach their specific goals. F45 is also structured similar to CrossFit, with a competitive nature that helps you to push yourself harder than you did the previous day. There’s a lot of group encouragement and motivation that will keep you going, plus a breathtaking amount of variety in the workouts so you’ll never get bored.

If you’re looking for a new way to workout, the F45 program may be just what you need!

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