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Workout Review: Core Fusion Yoga

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Wow! That is all I have to say about Core Fusion Yoga. Besides Bikram, I do not regularly practice yoga, its just not my thing. But after hearing about this class, I was intrigued. I stated the week of body transformation on Sunday and decided to give the class a try. It blew my mind.

The Experience

When I woke up this morning, I figured I would have a nice stretch – I didn’t plan on sweating at all. Let me tell you Core Fusion Yoga is intense, but in a good way. Which shouldn’t have been surprising since the course is described as “a combination of yoga asanas that raise the body’s heat and increase cardio endurance, intense core functional training to strengthen and tone the core, Qigong circular movements, and stretching to move energy and produce a state of inner calm and balance.”

The class started with a series of yoga posas, traditional sun salutations, as the foundation for the rest of the class. The first half is focused on traditional yoga while the second half is all about conditioning. The class consists mostly of floor/mat based work, with an emphasis on engaging, strengthening and maintaining good core awareness. There are planks, lots of pushups and some serious balance work. I struggled a bit with the balancing especially with the positions that incorporated both a legs and arms up, but with some more work, I think I’ll get the hang of it. The class ended on some serious abs work, I definitely felt the burn.

It is actually recommended that you have some yoga experience before attending, but as  I mentioned, I don’t (besides Bikram and that doesn’t really count).  Fortunately the instructor, Kayleigh Pleas, is patient and helpful. As with the standard Core Fusion, I found that she was really supportive and made it her goal to ensure that you have the proper form.

Rating

I got an amazing workout out of this class, something I wasn’t truly expecting. And I am definitely more conscious of how I’m holding my core. Since this morning I have been holding my abs in and keeping my spine straight. I feel like I can notice an improvement already. As I mentioned, they do recommend you have yoga experience before hand, that being said, if you are a quick learner and don’t mind being a count or two behind, you shouldn’t worry too much about that – it’s easy to catch on. Even though its called yoga, you really feel like you get a full body workout. For my first try I would give this class a 4, but with more practice, that score will go up. Once you are able to master the positions, you can really take this class to the next level.

Breakfast

I didn’t expect to be so sweaty after a yoga class, so when I got home I actually needed a shower before I could leave for work which cut into my breakfast time. I had big plans for b-fast, but they will have to wait. Instead, I went with good old faithful – a  yogurt parfait.

In the mix:

Fage Total 0% Yogurt
1 cup Kashi GoLean
1 tbsp chia seeds
3 oz blackberries
1 apricot
A handful of strawberries

If you don’t believe all that’s in the Fage cup – you’re right! I refill halfway through. It wouldn’t all fit at once.

Time to get back to work. Hope you’re having a great day!!