I’ve just spent 45 minutes shaking my little butt and waggling my glow sticks in a dark room for you guys! Yes, I took it upon myself to road test the brand new class at Virgin Active, Pulse, so I can give you my verdict.

From the moment the lights went out and the 1994 smasher ‘I like to move it move it’ came blaring out I knew it was a good choice of class to spice up my cardio.

There were 25 ladies packed enthusiastically into the studio and no-one could contain their cheeky grins as the Glowsticks were dished out – not any old glowsticks I might add – Virgin have obviously had these bad boys specially made, no snapping them to activate, these beauties have little straps you can pop your hands through ( a good idea if you’re prone to frantically waving your hands around so you don’t bash your new neighbour on the head mid running man!) Then you press a small button and there’s 2 modes – flashing or a static colour! Snazzy!

The great thing about Pulse is that the lights are turned down low so you can really shake your thang if you feel like it, no-one cares if you’re crap and can’t quite master the moves, just keep moving, enjoy the tunes and try and burn as many calories as you can.

The class itself is predominantly low impact, but there are variations you can add in if you want to make it harder. The focus really is on having a bloody good time and keeping moving – so it’s a great choice for all fitness levels.

After chest pumping, grape vining and generally just having a ball through tracks such as Baby D’s ‘Let me be your fantasy’  (a personal favourite of mine that reminds me of a particularly amusing night out with friends when we were all far too young to be actually out … more on that another time though! :)) my fitbit surge reckoned I’d burnt 280 calories* – not quite the 500 that were quoted as a potential (that was for the 60 minute classes though) nonetheless, I smiled, I felt 14 for a while and I had great fun with a group of like minded ladies – so it get’s a big thumbs up from me and I’ll be going along again next week!Pulse virgin active review fitnology









Here’s my Heart Rate data below so you can see how I got on

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*I have to admit I didn’t press the tracker button until 5 minutes into the class…so we can probably say it was actually more like 300 🙂

fitbit surge calories burnt

Check out the video below and for more information get in touch with your local Virgin Active


Here’s what Virgin Active say about Pulse,

Discover lights out, club anthems and good vibes in our exciting new exercise class that’s more like going out than working out.

You don’t have to be able to dance, the room’s dark so do your own thing – Pulse powered by Clubbercise®, is all about having fun, feeling fitter and enjoying some banging tunes, from 90’s classics to the latest floor fillers.

After the warm up, it’s time to get your pulse racing and really raise the volume on your favourite club anthems. Those glow sticks mean your arms get a great work out and if you want to keep things low impact, just go at your own pace. Lose yourself in this blast from the past and leave life’s frustrations behind. Our expert instructor guides you through the moves and encourages you every step of the way.

Great for your heart and lungs, Pulse powered by Clubbercise®, tones muscles and de-stresses. Work out alongside like-minded people in a brilliant night club atmosphere. What are you waiting for? Get up and glow.


  • Builds stamina
  • Burns calories and tones
  • De-stresses


  • Move to music
  • Work out in the dark
  • Have fun


  • 500

    calories per class

  • The harder you work, the more calories you’ll burn.


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    A towel to dry off with

  • VA_icons_kit_water


    Plenty of water

  • VA_icons_kit_trainers


    Gym-appropriate trainers

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