A few weeks ago I was invited to a free Core Fusion Barre class in Exhale, Boston. I've heard great things about Core Fusion, so I was excited to finally try it out. The training combines core Pilates, yoga and ballet exercises to stretch and tone the muscles.
After a brief warm-up, the class started with a few planks, push-ups, reverse push-ups, and then to the upper body body work with small hand weights. With the weights, we made small, controlled movements for the triceps, shoulders, back and biceps and burned! The next part of the lesson focused on the quads and gluteal muscles. So there were lots of pliés, pulsating squats and leg raises ̵
I generally think she's fit, but Core Fusion was definitely a challenge, which is why I liked it so much. I love lessons that really push me out of my comfort zone. They make me work so much harder. Although I really enjoyed Core Fusion, I foresaw that this kind of training would be repeated with every kind of movement and format in each class. It is a workout that I would like to do a couple of times a month, but not as a substitute for my regular workout several days a week. That brings me to my favorite Feel Great workout: CrossFit.
About six months ago, I attended my first CrossFit class and was instantly enthusiastic. And I'm not alone! It's never the same thing twice, and many of the exercises (burpees, climbers, and via ferratas) remind me of the ones I did as a kid. The training is fun and exciting. In addition, the "ever-changing, intense, functional movements" constantly challenge and push me, so I've seen some serious results that make me stick to it. (I usually attend 3-5 CrossFit trainings per week.) Here are just a few of the changes I've seen:
I'm faster and stronger. I recently completed a 10km run in 50:12 (8:04 paces), which is 4 minutes faster than my previous 10km times. I was never able to climb the gym when I was a kid, but after 6 months CrossFit I can do several climbing trips in a single workout. I can do pull-ups without any help (something I thought was possible) and 200 pounds deadlift!
My back is stronger. I have a pretty bad scoliosis, so over the years I have suffered my fair share of back pain and hip injuries (in the context of misalignment). CrossFit really strengthened my lumbar spine and core, so I hardly feel any pain now.
I am more confident in my abilities. I remember well that I could not make a box jump on my first CrossFit day. Now I can do all sorts of decent things, like Power Cleans and Double-Unders (where you jump the jump rope twice under your feet in one jump), which really boosted my confidence in my physical abilities – the best kind of motivation!
My craving for sugar has disappeared. I'm not sure how to explain that, but I do not get intense, uncontrollable sugar cravings these days. I still eat sweets because I love them, but in 19459009 I do not need them, and sometimes I skipped all dessert. I expect the change to be due to what I've been eating since starting CrossFit. I eat more "real" food that satisfies me, so I do not long for sugary things.
And oh yes, my jeans are loose. I've pretty much maintained my weight since starting CrossFit, but I've lost a lot. My jeans are great and I can not wait to show my weak arms in tank tops this summer!
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