"It was great," enthused Pablo, an IT worker aged 32, after undertaking an activity which allowed him to forget for a brief while "the bank, the lack of free time, and the home" he cannot afford as prices spiral in the city.
"I want to wreck a few more," he let slip as he emerged from a cloud of dust, smiling broadly.
The eight had to undertake a series of tests before they made the final cut, the initial 1,000 first whittled down to 12 finalists.
First, they had their pulse taken then it was on to a questionnaire to determine their anxiety level.
By test three things had got physical, would-be participants urged to warm up by pummeling a punch ball dressed as an archetypal boss while yelling out the cause of their woes.
Jorge whipped on a pair of boxing gloves before laying into the punch ball and screaming: "Money!"
Another stressed soul, 40-year-old taxi driver Felix, shouted: "The M30," the generally packed ring road which surrounds Madrid that is often a nightmare for capital commuters.
Gala, a PR worker aged 30, blasted a "lack of time" before boxing the "boss" around the ears.
Miguel Angel, who will now move in to oversee the rooms' renovation, came along to watch.
"I'm here to ensure they don't hurt themselves," he remarked.
Angel was not convinced of the merits of the exercise.
"I'm sure that it will give us extra work. It's not really the way to do things," he noted. Page: 1 2 Related medicine news :1
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