What is the definition of World Class? To me it’s being BEST in the business, bringing you a-game in all the areas of your company. It’s quality, passion and grit. Would you agree?

I mainly travel for work and when I don’t travel for work, I still act like I travel for work, meaning I’ll try to visit classes and fitness clubs in the area I’m at. It’s kinda like a occupational flaw (or maybe strength...dunno). I like learning from other professionals and trainers - I feel it’s one of the best ways to boost your own evolution towards becoming a professional. It’s easy to judge others, can we do the same to ourselves.
Or have I overworked and need some help?

It was after a Nike Training Day fitness event in Tallinn, that a wise man (not to mention any names... but Robert Steinbacher) once said, that living from airport to airport and gym to gym is not worth taking the trips. The answer was after Erik (not to mention names again... but Jäger) asked about if there are any good gyms he could visit the next morning. Robert's point was that if you go to a foreign country, you should explore the history, culture and architecture of the place you are at - that it’s much more rewarding than another 2 hours at a gym and you have time to spend time in gyms at home, too. He encouraged us, younger coaches, to see the REAL life of the country and I really remembered his words.
Now, a few years later, I still agree with him - we should see the real essence of the country but for me, fitness is very much real. It’s a part of our lives - keeping FIT for LIFE is not just a saying. For me, fitness and health industry is leaving its mark on the history, culture and architecture (mainly the build of people’s bodies) and is the key to longevity, so in that case - fitness clubs are making history possible. 
So - as thought, so executed - I decided to follow my passion and visit some clubs in Iceland. Also, I’ve always been the good messenger, I feel I’m usually too nice and don’t like to criticise but I need to start looking into stuff in more depth and that’s a good start for me - let’s see.

Step 1 - where to go - vol 1?
Google. Of course, let’s Google!
So I did and like a million options popped up (ok, not million...but quite a lot). Like I’ve got time for that...

I remembered that my gym in Estonia, MyFitness, is promoting an app called TrainAway - I downloaded the app and tried finding information using that. Yes, It worked so I chose the gym that I’ve also came by through TripAdvisor - the biggest gym in Iceland - WorldClass Laugar.

Step 2 - where’s the club and how an I get there?
Went on their website - Icelandic.
Ok, so where’s the small American or British flag, that gives me a little bit more understanding about what’s up on the page. It has to be here somewhere.
Nope. All in Icelandic. Fair enough.

Unfortunately, my Icelandic is still a bit rusty, so I tried to navigate through looking at the pictures of the classes instead of reading the class descriptions. Pfff, who needs the words anyway!
After a while, I just gave up playing with pictures, decided to show up and ask the administrators - they obviously know and can guide me on. I used Google Maps to walk there (3km walk from the old town is actually pretty OK). I’m big on audiobooks and Podcast so I kept listening to Richard Branson and his new ''Finding My Virginity’’ where he spoke so passionately about his Virgin Active and their way of making customer service the best in the world.

I was PUMPED UP and soooooo ready for my amazing 5-star training at World Class.


Got there, stepped in and with my regular friendly smile asking for assistance on how to navigate through the experience. With enthusiasm, I said it was my first time there and a very dull ‘’OK’’ followed. I was a bit confused but carried on with the same enthusiasm, just muttering a little, because I’ve just walked 3km and my lips were a little jello (it’s like trying to talk after dentist appointment - you have the will but not the skill).

The staff (meaning the girl in the front desk) was a bit...grumpy. Actually not grumpy but more like, dull... and in my opinion, not very helpful or willing to make my first stay there world class. I mean, I have also worked as a front desk manager at a fitness club for 4 years and I know it’s not a dream job but the front desk of a fitness club, hotel, coffee house etc is where it all starts - that’s where the client gets their FIRST actual EMOTION and kick for wanting to go on and friggin’ go ALL IN and WORK HARD by lifting heavy objects, sweating like a 15-year old on the first date and looking like a sexy mess after all that great training.
It’s the first spot where you should get all of the information and a good feeling that you’ve done the right thing by going there. I know that the motivation comes from inside but a little nudge and an extra ‘’well done on getting here’’ is pretty important for some people. Including me because I’m also ‘’some people’’.
Or have I got this all wrong?
For a second or so, the Joe&The Juice next door seemed more tempting. Maybe it was because of the cute sales rep.
Anyway, I don’t wanna be a whiney biaaatch so I’ll stop here. Maybe she had a bad day, maybe her sock was sliding off in her shoe - I don’t know.
''I’m willing to give this place a second chance,’’ I thought.

After squeezing out most of the questions that I needed to know, paying 2000 ISK for the padlock (I wish I had known that BUT THE WEBPAGE IS IN ICELANDIC ... bummer), I went on to the gym and I was literally like that:

It’s HUGE and the last time I saw that many treadmills together at one place was...umm...never. It’s like a cardio heaven and I guess that the guys of OK GO would be thrilled to be there.

I didn’t stay for long because the next group class started in 2 hours and I did my quick sesh of squats and lunges effectively. It’s been a while so I actually found it hard to walk the next day. 
A quick recap of my experience in WorldClass Laugar, Iceland.


1. A lot of space and cardio machines (not sure who will actually use all of them - there’s like...tons. Literally)
2. It’s built up on 2-floors and on the second floor, you have a view on the gym + soft mats to warm up or cool down
3. There’s also a spa, didn’t go there so I can’t say anything about that.
4. Besides cardio mayhem, there’s plenty of room for strength training - a lot of free weights, barbells, cages and other heavy objects to lift.


1. My experience at the front desk. It was kinda the same from an other girl when I left. I mean, it was all OK but it didn’t leave a good feeling or an emotion  ''Oh My Gosh I Wanna Go Back THEREEEE!’’. It was just like...meh.
And I’m a sucker for good service because I know I was good when I used to do that. It’s not hard to smile or be welcoming, to me that’s common sense but maybe I want too much.

2. Had to pay for the padlock (400 ISK is not that much but still...that’s half of a smoothie in Joe&The Juice)
3. Website all in Icelandic - I truly suggest you guys to translate it into English. You have so many tourists coming over, take their money. You’ll get more of it if they know what they are being offered.
4. Lack of bodyweight training equipment - I found 2 elastic bands (long ones) in the whole gym but no smaller ones. Maybe they were there but they were super-well hidden.
5. Weight stacks were messy and all mixed up - time to educate your consumer to put the stuff back where they took it.
6. Where are your kettlebelllllssssss!? I found 3 kettlebells. And that was it, maybe I didn’t look hard enough. 

Overall, when going there, keep in mind:
- One time entry around 2100 ISK (does not include spa - only gym)
- Take a padlock with you because they charge you 2000 ISK for lending one - you’ll get 1600 back when you leave but still. If you have one, take it along!
- If you need elastic bands and other freeweight stuff, then take them with you yourself. 

Step 3 - where to go - vol 2?
Yesterday I decided to go to Reykjevik Crossfit but when I saw it’s 6km from my place, I decided to wait until Friday, when I have my car from the rental - maybe a review on that will come too.

I chose another World Class gym closer to my place and decided to try out their group training class this time. 
Went on their website hoping a miracle had happened overnight - still all Icelandic.

Walked there, I don’t mean to be mean again but the boy in the reception was as dull as the girl in the other World Class I went to yesterday. Like, seriously - guys - you’re killing me! :D
Your club is called World Class - it’s not only the equipment that makes a gym great, it’s the whole package and it starts from the front desk. So far, not very impressed by the attitude but maybe I just want too much (yes, now I am the grumpy one...).

Allllllriiiiight - let’s give this guy also a break, maybe it was the language barrier but when I asked about the group class and what it is, I got a response that it’s a class that consists of (wait for it...) - different exercises.

And that was the whole description :D
Different exercises.
Sounds iInteresting.

The picture and description of the class was like that:
And on website:

Well, the reality was something like that:

(yes - I Googeled ‘’fitness class retro’’ and found the suitable picture)

I went in to the room and there was one more woman besides me - she seemed very fit. We gave each other a smile and I stepped on to the back of the room.
‘’Fun'' fact - you see me bubbly and lively most of the time and that’s because I actually am like that most of the time in an environment familiar to me. When I’m alone in a totally out-of-box situation, I’m quiet and tend to keep to the background. That was the-background-kinda-day.

So I sat there in the far corner, doing my mobility exercises, when more people started to come in - young, old, fit, a bit overweight, very overweight... I mean - like all sorts of different people and by that point I was thinking in my head: ‘’Well, this proves to be interesting’'.

I was really waiting for the coach, so I could tell her I was new in the class and spoke no icelandic whatsoever. As a coach I encourage all of the people to let us know if you are new to the class because you can’t really blame the coach if you don’t understand what’s being said - just open your mouth and go: ''HEY, I’M NEW!'’ - with a very awkward smile and wave.
When it comes down to that class, the coach probably did ask about newbies - I just did not understand.

Now...I didn’t see the coach anywhere - everybody in the room looked, dressed and acted the same. I was looking for someone with colourful clothing and big WorldClass logos written all over the clothing. Nada.
Then, all of a sudden, a lady started talking into the microphone and I understood that ok - the coach has arrived. The room was full of people so I decides not to approach her any more - I’ll figure this class out. No biggie!
How wrong was I...

The class started with a rapid warm-up (which I, personally would do differently a.k.a would most definitely not do like that), so while doing the drills (which was more like old-school aerobics stuff), I was already looking towards the door, thinking whether it would be very rude if I left like...now. 
Still, I decided to stay because I’ve paid the entrance and I wanted to see what’s gonna happen next.
‘'Stay for the experience. Also - stop being so judgemental, Sandra.''
After warm up, suddenly, everybody started doing different cardio-like exercises - there was a group in one corner doing jumping jacks, in the other corner they were doing some funny running drills on the spot, the third something else and I was just copying the girl next to me. I felt like I was back in high school but instead of math test, I was cheating in Physical Education.
That’s when it started to get even more funny because I was SO CONFUSED! 


Half way through the training, I understood the system tho:
 Class was divided into 4 groups - in each corner
     - 2 min of cardio exercises (as written on the paper on the wall...in Icelandic. Of course)
     - 3 exercises on your mat 

I’m not sure if you follow but being a foreigner in a class like this, where (obviously) everybody knew what they were doing, because they attend the training every week, was just... I mean... I really held my laughter back but it was not because of the class or exercises... but because of the situation at that moment.
I was just...jumping in the pace of veeeeeery fast music and had no clue WHY. 

I’m not going to into depth with that, because everybody’s taste is different and I really saw how many people enjoyed the class - also, the trainer was very enthusiastic about what she was teaching. Not my type of group training but I probably was not the target group, anyway. As long as people stay healthy and active, I’m happy and satisfied but if the coach put on Donna Summer - Hot Stuff in between some Icelandic folk songs, I was really REALLY trying to hold my laughter back. It wasn’t enough that I didn’t understand a thing that was going on there but the music didn’t help much either. 

In conclusion - the class was actually pretty challenging and I got my workout done effectively. I mean, I would actually (can’t believe I’m saying that) consider going back there. Not anytime soon tho, maybe...in 20-years :)  
It was fun and that’s the main aim of that class for me.

As a coach, I learned a lot - not going to blabber it out in here, but it was a fun experience.

Thanks if you made it til’ the end.