In keeping with my post-marathon Jan/Feb goals, I started the Core Fusion challenge on Friday! Since most of the participants started Jan 1, I was two weeks behind, and very eager to start. Just two weeks ahead of me, they are already getting results. Umm….I’m ready to get in on that action!
For my challenge, the plan is two do my two DVDs (Pilates Plus and Body Sculpt) twice a week, so four days a week of CF total. Even though I’ve had the DVDs for a year, I usually only do one or two 10-minute segments at a time. The challenge means I have to do the whole 50 minute shebang.
One of the reasons I don’t like doing DVDs at home very much is because I like to have a LOT of room. I also don’t like to feel like I am making picture frames rattle every time I do a move. Since I am going to be doing all my Core Fusion workouts at home, I wanted to have a space I actually liked. My room would be a tight fit, and I don’t like using the living room, because I like some privacy and quiet. So…I decided to brave the basement, which is also my 5-year-old brother’s playroom.
Core Fusion classes are taught at Exhale Spa, which is super sleek and chic. Our basement, though roomy, does not exactly set the mood that I think the Core Fusion creators had in mind for their workout. I mean, there are just toys everywhere.
Luckily I discovered that once I turn the lights off, it’s actually fine! Surprisingly, the Toys’R’Clusterfuck is almost completely masked by the darkness.
Since I am going to be doing this workout 20-25 times in the next month, I figured I’d set up shop in my new “studio.” I brought in a chair, which you need, along with a padded mat, exercise bands (I use them to do some of the stretches), and little tiny weights. I couldn’t find my three pound weights on Friday, when I was starting, so I brought out the old pink one-pounders. We have had these for approximately…12 years. But do they seriously have to be pink?
I wanted to believe that the weights would be too light, but I knew they probably would be fine, at least for a little while. According to the Web site, Core Fusion “fuses the disciplines of Lotte Berk, Pilates, yoga, core-conditioning, and orthopedic stretching to produce long, lean muscles and a strong, flexible, youthful body.” The closest thing I can compare it to is Pilates, but I think it’s considerably harder. I also think that it’s more athletic or upbeat in some way. Although you hold a lot of poses (“strength in stillness” is one of their principles), I just feel like the whole thing goes rather quickly.
I did Body Sculpt on Friday. I really like the upper-body segment on this one. Even though I was only using the one pound weights, my back and shoulders were on fire! The gluteal section was also killer. You do all the moves standing, and I can’t believe how much I felt it. Generally, a burning sensation in your ass is not a good thing, but I kneww I was getting a good workout.
I did Pilates Plus on Monday. I didn’t LOVE the upper-body workout, but it did involve planks and push-ups, which are great moves. The gluteal section was easier, but the thigh and core sections were harder. My thighs were shaking SO hard when I was holding the poses. During both DVDs, I definitely got sweaty and out-of-breath. And this morning, I am definitely sore all over!
I am really glad I am doing the Core Fusion Challenge, because I don’t know if I’d find the motivation to stick with this otherwise. I know it’s doing good things for me, but right now, it’s really hard. It’s even harder than it was the last time I did it a few months ago, because I haven’t been working on my core lately. But I really want to get stronger and more flexy so I can train harder when I start running again, and I know this a good way to do it!
I’ve now set my (tentative) CF schedule for the next 30 days until the challenge is over. I’m going to be doing it a LOT! I guess I’ll actually be doing it as much as I was running before, which is an interesting thought. I’m actually heading to Chicago in a few weeks and I’m excited to take a class at the Exhale Spa there. I know it will be a completely different experience, and probably a million times harder, so I am happy it’s at the end of the month and not the beginning!
I took body measurements because it’ll be exciting to see how much of a difference I can make in my body in that amount of time! Judging from what I am hearing from the other participants, a big difference! I’m very excited to see how I feel at the end.