Everyone, please say hello to The Viking Method: The workout responsible for sculpting the bodies of many an A-list star including both Nicole Scherzinger and Suki Waterhouse, to name but two. When I heard that The Viking Method is behind the bodies of these two babes I knew I had to try this workout for myself.

So I arrived for my session with the woman behind the Method, the amazing Svava, blissfully unaware that we were going to be training outside (it was a particularly cold rainy day). Thankfully, though, there could be far worse settings for sweat sessions than in the secluded private gardens in Knightsbridge, where our workout took place. Svava explained that she particularly enjoys training outdoors because it’s so good for you. At first I was doubtful, but by the end I was converted and extremely thankful for the cold breeze and fresh air.

The workout itself was demanding, high intensity, and forced me to push myself to the absolute limit. There was no holding back, or half-hearted attempts at the moves. Nope, this is a full-on, 100% effort, all or nothing kind of workout; The type of workout that makes it difficult to breathe, leaves you shaking, utterly worn out, but feeling on top of the world.

This, my friends, is why The Viking Method is such a success. I mean, the proof is in the pudding, Svava is so incredibly toned and strong and has my dream body. If there was a poster girl for the Strong not Skinny campaign, then Svava is your woman.

So back to the exercises themselves: We did boxing and kickboxing which I had never tried before and absolutely loved! There is something very satisfying about punching and kicking as hard as you can, and I ached in places I had never ached before the following day. Boxing is a firm favourite with many of the Victoria Secret Angels for a full body workout… need I say more? We also did a fair amount of crawling. And I don’t mean gentle, baby-like crawling. This was intense, low down, slide-y, muddy, bear-crawling. I felt like Spiderman in gymwear. We then did a variety of full body moves including burpees and running with Svava acting as a weight around my waist, a great exercise to try if you have a gym buddy, FYI!

The Viking Method mixes functional training with HIIT training, intervals, circuits, and bodyweight exercises, making for a fast-paced and grueling session. I can totally attest to why it gets such great results – there’s nothing else like it.

So I fell head-over-heels for the Viking way of training, so much so that Svava has actually put me together a workout plan so I can release my inner Viking when I am working out at my gym. I can tell you one thing for sure, my body won’t know what’s hit it!

To find out more about The Viking Method check out the website- http://thevikingmethod.com/

words by Natalie Glaze from The Nutritionista