• Core Fusion Kicked My Butt

    May 4, 2012

    Holy moly.

    What a workout.

    I totally got my butt kicked at a Core Fusion class this morning.

    And I still don’t know what happened to me.

    This morning, I was invited by the folks at Exhale to attend a complimentary Core Fusion Barre class at their Back Bay location. I had heard awesome things about Core Fusion, so I was excited to finally give it a try. The workout combines core exercises with Pilates, yoga, and ballet to stretch, tone, and lengthen muscles.

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    In addition to Core Fusion, Exhale also offers yoga classes and spa services and has 19 locations in the U.S. and Turks & Caicos.

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    I arrived just as the Core Fusion Barre class was about to start, so the instructor told me to grab a strap and a set of hand-weights. When I saw the tiny weights (1 – 5 pounds), I sort of laughed to myself. I mean, I can deadlift 200 pounds. What would little 5-pounds weights do for me? Apparently, a whole heck of a lot! My arms were screaming for mercy during this part of the class!

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    After a brief warm-up, the class started with some planks, push-ups, reverse push-ups (aka tricep dips), and then we moved onto the hand-weights to work the upper body. Using the weights, we did small, controlled movements for the triceps, shoulders, back, and biceps, and, man, did it burn! I think CrossFit prepared me for this part of class because I made it through without too much trouble.

    The next part of class focused on the quads and glutes, so there were lots of pliés, pulsing squats, and leg/glute lifts, all while holding a small playground ball between your legs to work your inner thighs at the same time. I pretty much died during this part of class. My quads and glutes were absolutely burning with pain, and I had to stop a bunch of times to rest. I actually felt like a big baby taking so many breaks, but my legs just could not handle it. We don’t do these type of things at CrossFit!! LOL!

    After the leg and glute workout, we worked our abs and core. Again, I barely survived this part of the workout, but I didn’t wuss-out as much this time. Maybe I was finally getting used to the intensity of the movements? They don’t seem like they’d be all that hard, but, trust me, they are! Yowsahs!

    The class concluded with a short stretch, which felt so good on my tired, lactic acid-filled muscles. The stretching part of class also made me well aware that I have zero flexibility nowadays, and I really need to get back to yoga or something. Stretching was actually sort of painful today, which, of course, is not good.

    I generally think of myself as a fairly fit person (ROAR, I do CrossFit!!), but I definitely had my ass handed to me at Core Fusion this morning. This workout is no joke, which is why I think I enjoyed it so much. I love challenging workouts, especially when I can’t do them! It makes me want to work that much harder at it. I actually wasn’t sure what to expect from a “barre” class, but it really surprised me and made me realize that I need (and want) to incorporate some different types of workouts into my weekly rotation, specifically one that includes some stretching.

    All in all, I absolutely loved Core Fusion, and I can’t wait to do it again. I really wish I lived closer to Boston because I’d definitely do this workout regularly.

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    The folks at Exhale wanted me to fully experience what they had to offer, so after the Core Fusion class, I was treated to an Exhale Pure facial in the spa. Fancy, right? I definitely felt special today!

    The Exhale Pure facial uses Tata Harper products, which are all 100% natural and nontoxic. It started with a custom enzyme exfoliation (mine had papaya extract), then some extractions (aka clearing my pores), and then a soothing mask. My skin felt totally refreshed and renewed afterward. I especially loved all of the different products that the esthetician used on my skin. They smelled amazing and made my skin feel so nice.

    Thank you so much, Exhale!! I loved Core Fusion and my facial at the spa was amazing. They were a wonderful way to start my Friday!

    Has a worked ever surprised you and kicked your butt?

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    Rachel Wilkerson May 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    A bit late to this but just wanted to say YAY I’m so glad you tried (and liked) Core Fusion! It’s one of my favorite workouts and an awesome way to mix things up because it’s so different from CrossFit!

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    Tina May 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    It was such an awesome workout! I can’t wait to do it again!

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    Rachel @ Zesty Living June 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    LOVE core fusion. It truly changes & challenges your body unlike anything I’ve ever done before. The thighs & glutes class is KILLER. I think I’ve been in more pain in those hour classes than running the half marathons haha : )

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