Somewhere between the second time I was helpfully reminded to grip the kettlebells properly and the 14th time when my legs threatened mutiny, I noticed something unexpected was happening: Our instructor, pausing to intently watch each client’s form and provide adjustments, was somehow providing personal training to each of the 10 clients in the room.
“We want the workouts to feel less like group classes and more like group personal training,” Jamie Snow, General Manager at Fuel East and Fuel Training Club Head Trainer, explained after class.
It’s the kind of individualized attention that would make both a beginner and a seasoned lifter feel at ease, especially when heavy or complex barbell movements are involved. If you’re the sort that likes the spot in the back row where you can cheat your reps or execute poor form, take note: there is no place to hide at Fuel Training Club.
About The Class:
Class begins with a warm-up focused on mobility. We were then paired up with another member of similar strength or ability, alternating between barbell back squats, kettlebell front squats, and animal flow movements like crab reaches (just as weird as it sounds).
After a brief but merciful rest, Jamie invited us into the pain cave. With 12 minutes on the clock, we were tasked with completing 50 reps of several TRX movements including rows, pushups, and knee tucks, as well as sprints on a Woodway Curve treadmill (pro tip: don’t run too close to the front of the belt or your legs will spin out like the Road Runner).
When the clock hit our 12-minute time cap, I exchanged exhausted high-fives with my neighbor and tried in vain to halt my rush of sweat cascading onto the nice clean floor.
About The Club:
If you’re the sort of person who views fitness equipment as toys (just me?), you’ll have an overwhelming urge to play with everything in the workout space: kettlebells, TRX, battle ropes, med balls, barbells, rings and a ton of other equipment/torture devices.
While the club offers the option to drop in, most clients are monthly members, choosing from packages that allow them to come up to four times a month to one that allows for unlimited classes.
“We are all about our members making progress here,” says Jamie, “which you can’t do when you’re just dropping in and out of different gyms.”
To that end, every four months, all members come in for their Fuel Plan which includes an in-person session with baseline body composition assessments including measurements and a Bodymetrix ultrasound unit (which measures body fat percentage in great detail), and a discussion about their goals.
The club keeps classes small to provide the close attention of a personal training session mixed with the motivation and camaraderie of a group workout. That camaraderie extends from the sweaty to the social, with regularly-scheduled outings like axe-throwing, circus school, and a wine tasting trip, to help members get to know one another better, and build what Jamie describes as close-knit family.
If I manage to talk my quads down from their uprising, I’ll definitely be back for another session.
Fuel Training Club has two locations (this review is of Fuel East):
Fuel East: 366 Adelaide Street E / email@example.com
Fuel West: 45 Camden Street / firstname.lastname@example.org
Showers, locker rooms, towel service, pre- and post-workout food & beverages available for purchase, branded clothing & accessories available for purchase.
For more information, please check out their website at fueltrainingclub.ca.