I started the week on August 5 (Day 8) and ended on August 11 (Day14). I took a total of 5 Core Fusion Open classes, 1 Core Fusion Sports class. In addition, to take care of my cardio needs I did an IntenSati class, walked at least a couple of miles per day, and spent sometime in the elliptical for at least 30 minutes. I did take one day of rest.
Core Fusion is a toning class based on the Lotte Berk method. Its a total of workout of core, arms, thighs, glutes and abs. It’s a total body strength training workout.
Here is a typical class run down:
- Warm Up
- Core: Plank, push-ups, and different variations. I saw a great improvement in this area in just 3 classes.
- Arms: Diverse exercises with light weights that challenge specific areas of my triceps, back, chest, shoulders, biceps. etc. I also saw improvement in this area after 4 classes. There is definition in my arms and strength.
- Thighs: Plie and seated position among many other things. I have to admit I could feel my thighs burn every time we dip a little low. However, my legs are looking oh so hot after a few classes.
- Leg lifts and glutes: my thoughts were “Oh my booty is going to look so hot in my Burlesque performance next month.”
- Core/Curls: I found this was the perfect ab workout without feeling I was going to die. It was the perfect ending to the class.
As a transition between each set, we did stretches targeted to the areas that we worked out. It was the perfect dose of challenge and support.
Other highlights about this week:
- Instructors: By far the most welcoming instructors I had experience. They each came at the beginning of class introducing themselves, asked what my level is as well as if there are any injuries to be mindful. They each made me feel welcomed in the class. They would come around and make adjustments, and really provide the positive feedback. This was a consistent basis as I took classes with 5 different instructor.
- Space: I tried the classes at 4 of their 5 studios. The only one I didn’t check out was the UES studio. The SoHo studio was the smallest yet bright and warm. At the Gansevoort Hotel’s I felt luxurious. In the end my favorite studio that I went back for a total of 3 times was midtown in Central Park South. I lived the atrium skylight, the open space.
- Plenty of “Aha! Moments” that I will share on my next post.
The only thing missing was the cardio component. I found that after each class without a doubt no matter how sore I may feel, I had all of this energy that needed to release. I found myself a couple of times heading to Equinox for 30 minutes of interval training in the elliptical and Intensati.
Overall this is a great class that I will be adding to my repertoire.