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The Buckhurst Hill Gym That Shows The Benefits Of Power Plates


Marking ten years of Repose Studio on Buckhurst Hill, current owner Rachel Hiller explains why their approach was ahead of the fitness game

You are celebrating your 10th anniversary – congratulations! What originally inspired the opening of Repose?  

Our founders saw the potential gap in the market to offer small group training. They wanted to challenge the fitness industry proving workouts can be short, fun and still get you the results you’re after. They created a boutique-style environment where the trainers know your name, value your goals and treat you like family. The biggest mission was to take the intimidation out of going to a gym class. They’ve succeeded as everyone is welcome at our studio.

Why Buckhurst Hill as the location?

Glenys & Tracy, the previous owners, found the perfect location on Queens Road. They loved the community feel and had ten happy years in the studio. Queens Road is the heart of West Essex and our quick studio classes are perfect for people with busy work and social lives.  

Rachel Hiller
Repose Studio owner Rachel Hiller

How many different kinds of exercises can you do using Power Plates?

The number of exercises you can do on the Power Plate is endless. Our favourites are full body compound exercises, working lots of muscles in one movement.

Did you specialise in Power Plates right from the off?

We’re the longest running Powe Plate studio in London and Essex and the original good vibes crew!

Why do Power Plates work so well?

The machine’s equipment offers the next generation of fitness technology, providing one of the most efficient workouts available through Acceleration Training Exercise. This accelerated training technique is a complete, full body workout with no impact to your joints. These classes are for toning, cardio and strengthening. A Repose workout will speed up metabolism to aid weight loss and reduce body fat, building explosive power and endurance. Workouts improve posture, reduce stress, and the appearance of cellulite. Also proven to improve balance and flexibility, increase core stability, improve relaxation, circulation and lymphatic drainage. It has been proven to increase bone density with no impact to joints. It’s a brilliant all round, fast and effective fitness workout and at Repose clients are expertly instructed by our qualified fitness team.

What happens in a typical Repose class?

A typical session consists of completing a series of movements which you perform for 30-60 seconds. The trainer assesses your own fitness levels and you work according to your individual ability.

Who are your instructors?

Our plate instructors are Kelly, Nadine, Jackie, Rachel, and Robyn who teaches yoga. Each instructor brings a different workout and teaching style and have different specialities and knowledge. What we all have in common is the enthusiasm and drive to help people on their workout journey and strive to make exercise fun.

One of Repose Studio’s high energy classes in action

What else do you offer at Repose?

At the back of the studio is a free weight, gym area for those more experienced at leading their own workouts. This space is mostly occupied by personal trainers who want a luxury space to work with their clients, but all members are welcome to book and use it. We have a wellness cabin where we offer sports, pregnancy and hot shell massages, B12 vitamin shots, one-to-one yoga, nutrition, weight loss consultations and reflexology.

If you are looking for more individual guidance or bespoke sessions our personal trainers offer one-to-one training, including nutrition and weight loss advice. We also stock the local business Yoga Leggs clothing, so pop in and have a look at their fantastic range of sportswear.

Do you see yourself changing much over the next decade?

Our main principles and Power Plate technology will be here to stay. I’m sure over the next decade some things will change as the fitness industry is always evolving and we like to keep up to date. Who would have thought ten years ago you could have participated in a Repose class from the comfort of your own home? You can now join us virtually and complete on demand classes too. Times change and we always want to change with them, but maintaining our ‘everyone is welcome mentality’ and helping the lovely people of West Essex stick to and enjoy a manageable exercise routine will continue to be our core focus.


179 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5AZ

07557 340447

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Mark Kebble

Mark's career in journalism started in 2001 when he landed a role on a small lifestyle magazine in Angel, North London. Soon enough, the magazine was purchased by a larger organisation and Mark found himself promoted to editor at the tender age of 23. He later became group editor, working on magazines for Angel, Crouch End, Muswell Hill and Highgate. He was also involved in a launch in Hadley Wood and a major new group website, later becoming Group Hub Editor. In 2021, Mark joined Zest Media Group and oversaw the launch of many Absolutely titles across the UK. To date, Mark has launched in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Sussex, Essex, Yorkshire and Cheshire. When he does have some free time, Mark is also the Chairman of an amateur football club in Surrey and is also a fully qualified FA football coach.
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