Core Fusion Barre at Exhale Chicago

Class title: Core Fusion Barre

Studio: Exhale Spa, 945 North State Street

Class Focus: For Pilates enthusiasts, yogis and any woman looking to lean out.

Cost per class: $25 for a single class

Money saving offers:

  • Trial week: $30 for “A week of transformation”
  • Annual membership: $175/month with no enrollment fee
  • Month-to-month membership: $190/month with $100 enrollment fee

Who should take the class: Any zen-enthusiasts looking for a more intense toning routines

The Fab Fit take:

The class felt more paced and rhythmic than any barre class I’d taken. The routine started on the mat with some classic yoga poses, toning arms and seat. Moving to the barre, the workout moved onto thighs. It wasn’t the toughest thigh series I’ve ever done, but I did max out my muscles.

The ab series was interesting. Everyone in the room sat below the barre with our backs to the wall and did a series of leg lifts. It’s a lot tougher than it sounds. I felt like I had work to do on my abs after doing this series.

The verdict: I’d take the class again, but with its more zen outlook on barre and my search for quick, intense workouts, I can’t justify the $7 price difference between Core Fusion Barre and Barre Bee Fit.

Date/time taken: 7/7/2012 at 1:30

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About Jeana Anderson Cohen

Jeana Anderson Cohen is the founder and CEO of a destination for living better lives, with fitness as the catalyst. But before starting health-focused companies Jeana earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the first decade of her career, she created and executed social media strategies for brands. aSweatLife fuses her experience and her passion for wellness and SweatWorking was the natural evolution of that experience. You can find Jeana leading the team at aSweatLife, hosting aSweatLife’s monthly #Sweatworking events.

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