Over the past few months we’ve noticed that any time one of our famous models ‘grams a workout, she’s at New York City’s Dogpound Gym. Frequented by Victoria’s Secret’s most well-known names, including Jasmine Tookes and Romee Strijd, Dogpound shares similarities with typical boxing gyms—with a boxing ring, weights equipment, and punching bags, but the super-modern, matte decor certainly make it feel different.
Right now there are 25 Victoria’s Secret models (including 11 Angels) who count themselves as Dogpound clientele, as well as a fast-expanding lineup of mega-star actors, musicians, and Instagram celebrities including Zac Efron and Alexis Ren.
Curious to find out what all the fuss is about, we chatted with British-born and NYC-based model Louisa Warwick, who has starred in campaigns for major brands like L’Oreal, Tresemme, Triumph, J-Brand, Cadillac and Oribe. She’s currently working out with Dogpound, and shared a little insight into the experience.
“Walking into Dogpound the first thing I notice is the contrast of the black flooring and walls against the bright lights beaming down which scream ‘this is going to be tough’ at me. I love the setup of the studio, it’s not only a good sized space but it’s also conveniently located in the Soho/TriBeCa area of Manhattan. The loud, upbeat hip-hop music blasting around the studio really motivated me to push myself to limits I didn’t even know I was capable of reaching during my workout.”
“The personal training at Dogpound is definitely personal. For my hour one-on-one session it was pretty much a non-stop workout. Having said that, the 60-minute session was extremely well devised and exhausting in a good way.”
“I decided to take the personal boxing workout, something I’ve never tried before. As I am a beginner, I spent half of the session learning new techniques, routines, and improving my form which I found really useful. The other half was warming up, doing drills, and cooling down/stretching. The boxing segment was excellent—I’m a fan!”
“At my second session I started off with skipping for 15 minutes to warm up alternating my leg movements every minute. After I did air punching with 1kg dumbbells for 10 minutes. After this I did boxing hitting the instructor’s pads for 30 minutes with intervals of squats, burpees and lunges in between. During this time I also improved my footwork and punching technique. After this I did a cool down of stretches. I listened to hip-hop on blast during the workout. After my workout my upper arms feel pretty sore (but in a good way!) Not only is it a great workout physically but also a great stress reliever (useful for when you live and work in New York City).
“I love my experience at Dogpound and would 1000% go back again. If you like to work out in a private but cool atmosphere, to push yourself, and are motivated by good music then this is definitely the place for you.”