A workout that boosts fitness, releases aggression
Prior to any workout, trainers will say that it's important to get in some stretches and a few warm-up exercises to get the heart rate going. But Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping isn't just any workout.

"I call it bag therapy," said Ellie Woodward of Plymouth.

Three times a week, class participants spend 35 minutes punching and kicking bags. They release sweat and some built-up aggression in the process.

"You constantly think about, can I kick it harder? Can I hit it harder? But it's just a good feeling," Woodward said.

Woodward started coming to Farrell's a year and a half ago, after other fitness programs didn't work.

"I did Life Time. I did Anytime Fitness. I did some personal training, and nothing stuck," Woodward said. "This was just, you show up to class. you don't have to think about it."

In that time span, she's lost weight and trimmed inches off her waistline. But that's not the only benefit.

"I was super shy and not really sure of myself," she said. "And then doing this program, I just felt strong and empowered."

Farrell's Extreme Bodyshaping is a 10-week program where participants come in six days a week. Workouts alternate, depending on the day. People can burn between 400 to 1,000 calories per class.

"Kickboxing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Strength training on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday," said Tim Sanken, the owner and head coach. "We also include nutrition coaching as well as real time heart rate monitoring as part of the program."

Sanken says Farrell's differentiates itself from other gyms through the sense of community.

"The people that they make the friendships, the people that they associate with in their class times, that keeps them accountable, keeps them coming back," he said.

It's the main reason why Woodward keeps coming back day after day.

"Everybody's cheering and yelling and motivating each other, and the instructors are super motivating, and it's just a big community environment that really helps keep you focused and encouraged the whole time.," she said.

Meanwhile, Farrell's is offering free classes from June 26 through July 8 for people interested in trying the program.

Delane Cleveland

June 20, 2017


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