A new fitness and skin studio, the aptly named Fit & Skin Studio, opened its doors today to the public in Aberdeen. This new concept studio is a first in Aberdeen and one that I think could really prosper and excel if the claims they are making about their treatments prove to be true.
Now, this wasn’t my initial thought on Fit & Skin Studio. From word of mouth, I was pretty confused and sceptical about the whole idea. They claim they aren’t a gym but they have a fitness studio? Are their skin treatments just like any other spa? I couldn’t get my head around what was actually different about this studio compared to every other fitness studio or spa/beauty salon that already exists in the city.
Well, that was until I had the chance to visit the studio ahead of its opening to meet the lovely owner and staff, tour the fitness studio and beauty treatment room, ask questions to fully understand what this unique prospect in Aberdeen is all about, and of course drink a few cheeky proseccos and eat a selection of delicious canapes.
Introduction to Fit & Skin Studio
So, as I mentioned, Fit & Skin Studio say they aren’t a gym. They are a fitness and skin studio that is designed to welcome everyone – those who don’t have time to fit in a great workout and frustrated with slow progress or those who are suffering from an injury and want to try unique, science-backed technology to transform your skin.
The studio is located at the top end of Union Street, Aberdeen. Making it perfect for popping in on your lunch break or after work to get your fit and skin fix.
The Reason Behind Fit & Skin Studio
The owner, Catalina, spoke about her passion to bring this concept to Aberdeen after the technologies being exactly what she used to lose weight and feel her best after having her children. She travelled all over the world to try out the technologies available because it was not available to her in Aberdeen at the time. So, having this experience, she decided to bring her best-tested technologies and treatments back to Aberdeen to make them accessible to the community and help as many people as they can improve their appearance, confidence and strength.
The Fitness Studio at Fit & Skin Studio
Fit & Skin Studio offers a selection of short, effective fitness classes that are backed by technology, designed to help you lose weight and rehabilitate and increase your athletic performance.
The classes available include Core Conditioning, Strike (a boxing based class), Sweat (cardio-based class), Suspension (using TRX), Full Body and a good few more. Each class will hold a maximum of 10-12 people to ensure that you get the coaching that you need to really reap the benefits and don’t injure yourself. There will be classes to suit all variations of fitness from beginners to serious gym-goers and even over 60s classes.
Each class is only 25 minutes but apparently, this is all you need to be sweating and get in a killer workout. And the reason for that? The EMS technology.
What is EMS technology you ask? Well, within the classes you are to wear an EMS bodysuit, underneath a training suit, which will work both your muscles and deep muscles that you don’t usually train (90% of your overall muscle altogether), allowing you to achieve solid results without straining joints and spending all of your time at a gym.
The training suits are sold separately at £25 for your first visit but can then be worn at every class proceeding.
The technology provides a deep vibration into the muscles, making them work harder, but it is not painful. The technology is controlled by individual iPads that are hung up on the fitness studio wall that will control the bodysuit you are wearing. You are then able to control the level of vibration that your muscles are receiving to vary the workout to the intensity you require. This won’t need to be managed every time you go to a class either as the iPad will remember your unique bodysuit settings so you can get straight into the workout next time.
It’s a tried and tested technology and meant to be incredibly effective. I’m very intrigued to give it a go myself!
The Skin Treatments at Fit & Skin Studio
I must admit, this was the section of the studio that I was least interested in. I’m a fitness freak at heart but forking out loads of money on skin treatments, like a spa facial, isn’t something I am that keen on.
But, the treatments at Fit & Skin Studio are different to anything you will have experienced in Aberdeen before and that excites me.
From LED facials to Lipo Freeze, there really is a unique collection of treatments to choose from. You can find the full collection of treatments here.
To go into a few treatments in more detail, I’ve picked out some of the innovative treatments that spark my interest the most.
The first being Hydra Facial. Hydra facial is a personal favourite of Catalina’s and she was excited to tell us that she had the procedure done the previous day after barely sleeping for over a week while trying to get the studio all ready for launch day. Her skin was literally glowing and she had no base makeup, her skin was flawless and her undereyes were bag-free.
Hydra facial is a revolutionary facial that gives instant hydration and glow to your skin for up to a week prior. It’s a 3 step process that takes only 30 minutes to complete.
The first step includes lymphatic drainage to improve circulation and remove toxins before a gentle exfoliation and cleanse. Next, debris is removed through a vortex extraction and nourished with moisturiser.
This treatment helps to minimise pores and dark spots on your face as well as decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. Fit & Skin Studio recommend having this treatment once a month to really see lasting results.
Brazillian Bum Lift
When I first heard that they were offering Brazillian Bum Lift, I was wary. To me, Brazillian Bum Lift is the Kardashian procedure where fat from elsewhere in your body is transferred to your bottom by injection and it is known as being one of the most dangerous cosmetic procedures.
But, Brazillian Bum lift at Fit & Skin Studio is different. It is not a surgical procedure and can have you achieving your dream behind with non-surgical technology. The Ultrasound technology uses energy to heat fat cells beneath the skin, without damaging its outer layer, to promote the body’s natural healing process which leaves the bum tight and lifted. This procedure can leave your bum shaped and lifted by up to 70% while smoothing the appearance of cellulite and loose skin.
To see the best results, 3 treatments (1 a week for 3 weeks) is recommended.
It’s a pricey treatment at £200 for one session or £500 for the course of 3 treatments as recommended, but if a Brazillian Bum Lift is something that interests you, it might be something to consider rather than going under the knife.
I’m sure the most of you reading enjoy a gorgeous massage but what about one underwater? Well, that’s what is available at Fit & Skin Studio. Using high-pressured water streams, this massage will give you a deeper, more effective massage, perfect for rehabilitation of sports injuries, arthritis and muscle pain. It will help with faster recovery and improved circulation.
The treatment lasts for 30 minutes and is priced at £50 per session.
Will I be trying a Class/Treatment at Fit & Skin Studio?
I was kindly gifted a voucher to try out one fitness class and a session of cryotherapy so I will absolutely be going along to give these a test soon.
As with anything that I have not previously tried myself, I cannot say if what the studio is claiming is to be true so take this post with a pinch of salt and make decisions for yourself but I will be documenting my time spent there and will be reviewing my class of choice and treatment to let you know if this studio really is worth it.
If you head along and try out a fitness class or a skin treatment, I would love to know how you got on or if you think it’s gimmick.
I’m hoping it’s not the latter!
While you are here, why not also check out my post all about Overcoming Gym Anxiety.
If you want to stay updated with me, you can find me on social media at the following: