Core Fusion Bootcamp at Exhale Chicago

Class title: Core Fusion Bootcamp

Studio: Exhale Spa, 945 North State Street

Class Focus: Toning intervals at a fast-pace, so you’ll slim down and get your heart-rate up.

Difficulty: 3.  The class is fast-paced and will give you a dose of cardio and strength, but it features modifications to make the class tougher or easier to fit a range of fitness levels.

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: Yogis looking for a challenge, people who love fitness props, anyone looking to build long and lean muscles

The Fab Fit take:

The spa exudes zen, but the class is high-energy and non-stop action, with dance remixes playing in the background. The instructor was Ryan Castillo and he was super hands-on and high-energy. I was failing miserably at a c-curve ab series and he literally stuck his knees under my back to get me into the right position. My boyfriend read that sentence and said, “that’s super weird,” but he just doesn’t get it.

We used two sets of weights, a small playground ball, a weighted ball with handles and a mat. Each movement targeted at least two muscle groups and there was absolutely no down-time in class. The class used yoga poses and props for a an intense, total-body workout.

The facility is super nice. If you work out in the morning like I do, you can get ready in the spa locker room instead of running home to shower. All mats are provided and are cleaned between uses so if you’re a sweaty human being as I am, you don’t have to look for the “mat spray.”

Purchase a membership, to get discounts on spa services.

The verdict: I really liked the class – I felt challenged and I loved the use of props to mix it up. I would definitely go back.

Date/time taken: 7/5/2012 at 9:30 am

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