Great British Racing held a five-stage high intensity ‘Jockey Fit’ workout, led by Binky Felstead and Chessie King at UN1T London Bridge to celebrate the heroic fitness levels of jockeys ahead of this year’s Randox Health Grand National on Saturday 6th April.
Prior to this year’s Randox Health Grand National, Great British Racing held an exclusive jockey-inspired fitness class at UN1T, a boutique functional gym in London. The high intensity interval training (HIIT) session with a unique jockey twist was led by Made in Chelsea star Binky Felstead, fitness sensation Chessie King and 2019 Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Lizzie Kelly.
Designed to help raise awareness of the elite fitness levels of jockeys, Jockey Fit is a HIIT concept that targets four of the key physical facets relied upon in horse racing: quads, cardio, balance and core. Often required to ride in races up to nine minutes long, jockeys’ physical sharpness is crucial for them to perform at an elite level.
Initially trialled last August at an intimate event at Epsom Downs Racecourse, the Jockey Fit regime has been re-created in partnership with leading jockey and Cheltenham Festival winner Lizzie Kelly, alongside UN1T personal trainer Gary Williams. Consisting of five stations with exercises such as box jumps, TRX pistol squats, bear crawls, kettlebell swings and a special mechanical horse called an equiciser, attendees were put through their paces in a workout like no other.
Penny Maltby-Payne, PR Manager at Great British Racing, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring Jockey Fit to life again and into the mainstream with Binky, Chessie and Lizzie to really show how tough jockeys need to be to compete. It’s a gruelling class that will help us showcase and promote the sheer level of athleticism of modern-day jockeys, a level of athleticism very often underestimated.”
Lizzie Kelly, Cheltenham Festival winning jockey, said: “I’m excited to work with Great British Racing on its Jockey Fit movement and I’m glad of the recognition it will bring to our industry. It’s really important to have an accurate representation of jockeys’ hard work in the gym and whilst riding on course, and this programme is a great way to convey this message. I challenge anyone to take on this workout to find out exactly how!”
Chessie King, fitness influencer, said: “I’ve done a lot of HIIT variations but this one is something else! The 45-minute session was more than enough to make my legs and core burn.”
Binky Felstead, Made in Chelsea star, said: “I found the Jockey Fit session very challenging! I had no idea of the intensity of the jockeys’ fitness regime, I’m impressed!”
The Randox Health Grand National takes place this Saturday 6th April live on ITV at 5:15pm.
For more information, visit gbraci.ng/jockeyfit.