Hello fitness addicts and 2015 wannabe fitness addicts! All are welcome here.
For the month of January I’m reviewing studios for ClassPass as they launch in Mpls. Remember, this is just MY review. My personal background with fitness- The gym sucks. I repeat, sucks. I think the gym is boring and can be a waste of time (I said this was my personal opinion). So you won’t find a gym on here, but boutique, specialized, workouts. If you like workouts to be fun, yay! Read on.
WHAT IT’S LIKE: scary looking torture device
Not really (supposedly). It’s a total body resistance machine that promises good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. Some reformers are wood and some are metal. There might be leather straps or ropes, too.
PACE: Slow, precise
CHALLENGE LEVEL: Medium
The reformer. Holy. crap. This class is ideal for women who know the importance of strength training but hate weight lifting (raises hand). The class I took at [SolidCore MSP] was unbelievable, and so fun! You won’t sweat like a cardio sesh. Think slow, precise movement. It’s a total body workout that works every muscle of your body. Even if you’re new to working out, the machine modifies to your level.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Arms
Go to a regular pilates class on a reformer, and you will definitely get leaner in your arms. I have Spongebob arms, and this class is showing muscles I didn’t even know I had.
ProBodyWorks (Edina) & [SolidCore MSP] (St. Louis Park)
WHAT IT’S LIKE: ballet meets sculpt
PACE: ranges–typically slow & precise with bouts of cardio
CHALLENGE LEVEL: Hard
Challenge level isn’t really fair on this one because I’ve had barre classes where I literally couldn’t walk the next day, to where I could run 10 miles after. Do your Yelp research before you sign up for a barre studio. Personally, my best classes were at Modo Yoga which is known mostly for, obviously, yoga.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Core & booty
If you sign up for two barre classes a week right now, I guarantee you you will see a difference. This is one of my favorite workouts to compliment cardio. When I was running and doing barre consistently, I had a six pack within a month (my husband hated it).
Modo Yoga, Barre Bliss (SLP & Uptown)
WHAT IT’S LIKE: Drills, p90X
This is also hard to explain since bootcamp can mean different things for every studio. Including any kind of cardio & weight training circuit workout in this (NOT Tabata training or crossfit, I”ll review those separate next week!)
CHALLENGE LEVEL: Very Hard
I do not recommend these type of classes to people new to fitness. I would also never do this more than twice a week to give your body time to recover.
WHAT IT’S GOOD FOR: Weight loss & heart health
High interval training, workouts that incorporate bursts of cardio AND weights, are the most effective way to burn fat and burn lean muscle. When I lost 20 pounds in my first job, I did boot camp twice a week.
The Shred (Minneapolis), TIGERFit (Plymouth), Lifetime Fitness (OK their classes are great!),