Baby, Give It Up to Me: Core Fusion/Yoga Vibes Remix

by Rachel on May 4, 2010

So like I said yesterday, my May goal was going to be a Core Fusion/Yoga mash-up. (Like something Jay-Z might do.) I loved doing Pure Arms & Abs and Pick Your Spot Pilates in April but I just like to keep things exciting. I mean, it’s like anything in life. A girl can’t eat oatmeal every day or kick it in missionary her whole life, can she? I was also thinking about giving myself a yoga goal. I’ve tried yoga and quit so many times but I think that I just need to stick it out for longer and commit.

So how to make it happen? Luckily, all these things found me!

Last week, Dori directed me to YogaVibes.com, which she had just found out about from one of her Core Fusion instructors. OK, first of all, this site is really cool; it allows you to stream actual yoga classes, so it’s a little different from doing DVDs. But here’s the kicker: you can now stream Core Fusion classes!

OK, listen. The next time a guy is like pathetically attempting to get me off, I’m just going to be like, “Um, maybe you should stop doing that and then just tell me how I can take a Core Fusion class in the middle of Michigan” because oh my God, that’s the quickest way to get me excited!!! I’ve never been able to take an actual CF class. From what I’ve heard, the classes are a lot tougher than the DVDs. Plus there a lot of different classes like Core Fusion Sport and Core Fusion Yoga that I am dying to try. And…this site makes it possible!

There are a few different payment options, but the one that made the most sense to me was the $20/month plan. It gives you access to five different classes (that you can watch as many times as you want in the month). That’s way cheaper than a gym membership, cheaper than any yoga classes near me, and way cheaper than going to an Exhale Spa to take Core Fusion classes. SIGN ME UP!

At this point, I was a little overwhelmed by all the Core Fusion opportunities in my life. I mean, I know some people do it five times a week but I also know that a lot of strength training requires days off in between. I Direct Messaged Fred Devito on Twitter. Fred is the guy in the DVDs (his wife, Lis, is the woman) and they created Core Fusion. He gave me his e-mail address so I could ask all my questions about how to create the best plan for myself. This was a really big deal for me and probably another example of why I love Core Fusion (and Twitter). It means a lot to me that the creator of the company and the guy that I see in the DVDs every day (so a celeb in my book) would take the time to help me like that. I really wish all companies would recognize that they should use social media in this way.

So Fred told me I could do Core Fusion daily without rest days because of the unique way it combines strength and flexibility. I remember something Dori said once that Fred said in class. “Some women take Core Fusion every day and it shows.” I want to be that woman!!!

  • Core Fusion Sport two times a week (three if possible)
  • Core Fusion Yoga once a week (two if possible)
  • Lean & Toned DVD once a week (the new DVD, which I don’t own yet — this week!) or Core Fusion classic on Yoga Vibes once a week
  • Pure Arms & Abs (just two segments) if I feel like it…I just really love this DVD.

In honor of French Women Don’t Get Fat, I’m being kind of laissez-faire about everything beyond CF Sport. I know I’ll be doing Core Fusion most days, but if I can’t on certain days (for good reasons like having to teach spinning, not silly reasons like being hungover) I’m not going to stress too much.

I started things off on Sunday with Core Fusion Sport. I actually watched the entire class before I did it. (I love watching workout videos in bed and just not moving!) I was a little nervous after watching the video. I recognized a lot of the moves from the DVDs, but there were definitely some new ones, and there were cardio bursts in between…and lots of planks and push-ups. But whatever; if this is what an actual class is like then I’m ready to go to work!

I set up on the gym side of my office and gathered everything I’d need: mat, band, sweat towel (for real!!), and ball. They recommend a six pound ball but I went with a $9 five pound Danskin one because I couldn’t afford the $46 one with the handles that they use in the video. Mine worked fine; I just made a few small changes to certain moves. (And that’s why I pre-watch workout DVDs in bed!)

Well I have to say…I honestly felt like I was taking the class! I mean, maybe I was so busy literally crying out for my glutes that I detached from reality long enough to believe I was at an Exhale Spa in NYC and not in my basement in Michigan. Who can really say for sure? You can see from the picture above the angle at which it’s shot. Because I could see both Fred and the other people in the class, it’s more like a real class, unlike a DVD where the people face you. It’s a small thing, but it makes a difference. Also, I liked that these are just real people. Sometimes they miss a beat or modify things. And they have bodies that look more like mine. That definitely gave it a class-like experience.

The thing I love about the regular Core Fusion DVDs is that you can do the segments throughout the day since you don’t really work up a sweat. Not so with CF Sport…not so at all. I was soaking wet like a girl in a Ying Yang Twins song. In between new moves that I can’t even name (lunge-lift-ball-twists?!) I was frantically trying to get my hair out of the nice low ponytail where I’d had it to begin with and up in that “cute skinny white bitch” top knot that I now understand. It reminded me of the Shred class at Equinox I took last spring, which was the hardest class the gym had. The cardio bursts made it more like a boot camp, but it still was unmistakably Core Fusion, which I loved.

The cardio aspect is what really made it a new challenge. I mean, yes, I’m kinda over cardio, and I hadn’t planned on getting so sweaty this month, but I do like getting more bang for my buck when it comes to strength training.  That’s the American girl in me. But screw running; this is the kind of cardio that’s worth washing my hair for!

When I woke up on Monday I wasn’t too sore — more sore than I’ve been with the other DVDs, but I think that’s because this one is giving my glutes a major workout in a way that Pure Arms & Abs obviously does not. I also could feel all those push-ups and planks, but again…fine. That’s what’s going to change my bod. Then around lunchtime I stood up and…Oh. Hello. There you are, delayed onset muscle soreness. Greetings, old friend! Let me just go ahead and take all the hard songs off tonight’s spin playlist…

I woke up this morning even more sore. I’m supposed to do Sport again today and I’m thinking about it and wincing with that face you make when you’re a kid and you know you’re in trouble and that one of your parents is going to whoop your ass. Like, do you want to just get it over with? Wait for later and hope it somehow hurts less or that they’ll forget? I’m thinking a little walk first might help the soreness before I go back asking for more.

Despite my pain and suffering, I’m really excited to try Core Fusion yoga tomorrow because if it’s ever going to be possible for me to stick with yoga, I’m pretty sure it’s when Lis (with her amazing arms) is telling me to downward dog.

So after that very long-winded review/story/gush, here’s the best part… I e-mailed the Yoga Vibes people and told them I’m obsessed with Core Fusion and talk about it all the time on Shedding It and that making the actual classes accessible to Midwestern girls like me is pretty much amazing (I tend to do things like that because I just believe it means as much to them as your comments and e-mails mean to me). Well, it did mean something to them and they hooked it uppppp. Giveaway time, people! One of you will get access to one free class from YogaVibes for a month!

To enter: head to YogaVibes.com and browse the classes and tell me which one you’d choose as your free class. (It doesn’t have to be Core Fusion! There are tons of other classes that look great too; I promise I won’t judge you if you want to try a different one.) Come back here and leave me a comment with your class of choice AND tell me why you want to win! What goals would that class help you achieve? Did you just quit your gym and miss your classes? Are you on the NA Diet and you need to get a hot break-up bod?

Bonus entries:

  • Become a fan of Shedding It & Getting It on Facebook (if you’re already a fan, suggest it to five of your friends).
  • Blog about it and link to this post (if you don’t have a blog, you can post it to your Facebook page).
  • Tweet about it: “Win a free #corefusion class from @yogavibes via @sheditandgetit http://wp.me/pD1Si-1hL”

Just leave me a comment here for each entry. Please only enter if you’ll really use it and think you would like to do a YogaVibes class regularly — this is a cool prize and I would hate for someone to win and then think, “Oh actually, my workout schedule is set for May. Oh well.”

You have until tonight (Tuesday 5/4) at 10 PM EST to enter! It’s a quickie, so get on it…I’ll select a winner randomly from all the comments tonight. And if you want to try your luck at winning the new Lean & Toned DVD, don’t forget to enter Dori’s giveaway!

I’m going to go mentally prepare myself for day two of Sport. Over and out!

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1 maria @ Chasing the Now May 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

I tweeted this giveaway. I do think I would use it, so I hope I win! :)
.-= maria @ Chasing the Now´s last blog ..The easiest garlic hummus ever =-.

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2 maria @ Chasing the Now May 4, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’d try the FULL CLASS: American Power Yoga – Open Level Class, if I won. I really enjoy yoga that flows and gets my heart rate up, so this would be an awesome way to workout this month!
.-= maria @ Chasing the Now´s last blog ..The easiest garlic hummus ever =-.

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3 Kara May 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

I’d love to try the Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga “Total Body Transformation + Core Strength” Flow class — I do enjoy yoga, but the classes I take now are pretty slow paced and more “stretching,” so I’d love to try something more challenging — and well, anything with the words “core strength” sounds challenging to me!

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4 Dori May 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

AMAZING review!!!! I’d love to take Erin Jacques’ Music Yoga Flow because Erin pretty much has the best taste in music ever and it is a yoga flow class I actually love!

About to tweet this and I will link to this post when I announce my Lean & Toned DVD winner tonight!

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5 Caitie May 4, 2010 at 9:37 am

I also would choose Core Fusion Yoga. I just graduated from college and the classes I went to on a weekly basis were yoga and hardbodies (weight/strength class). So, I think this would be a great combination since I no longer have access to the group ex classes and don’t want to buy a gym membership!!

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6 Stephanie May 4, 2010 at 9:39 am

Great review! And holy giveaway! I just looked through there classes and TOTALLY worth the $25.00 a month. There are some really fantastic looking classes. I’ve been thining about getting rid of my gym membership since I workout so much at home now. This would be a great addition to my home workouts and doesn’t even begin to compare to what I pay now.

It was hard to choose which class but I think that I’d love to try the Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga “Total Body Transformation + Core Strength”.

I will tweet this and link to this on my blog later on after work!

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7 Rosy May 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

I’d love to try the core fusion sport–I’ve been contemplating buying the DVD but my dog keeps eating the remote control for my TV/DVD (seriously, gone through like 5 now), so internet streaming would probs be more convenient for me, and less fiber for my dog.

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8 Missy Maintains May 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

I would choose regular Core Fusion!!!! I just ran out of my 10-pack from Ruelala and can’t afford the normal prices classes!! I am going crazy knowing that I can’t take my Core Fusion 3-4 days a week anymore! This would be the perfect solution! I am trying to get my arms nice and toned and maybe get some abs for the summer!
.-= Missy Maintains´s last blog ..Staying Healthy at Big Events! =-.

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9 Brittany May 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

After hearing you rave about core fusion. I would love to try the core fusion sport!

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10 Stephanie May 4, 2010 at 9:43 am

Oh and I’m a total fan on FB XO

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11 Missy Maintains May 4, 2010 at 9:44 am

I just tried to say, “tweeted” and wordpress told me it was too short..so yeah I did!
.-= Missy Maintains´s last blog ..Staying Healthy at Big Events! =-.

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12 MelissaNibbles May 4, 2010 at 9:46 am

I want to win this SO bad. I used to be a gym whore, but cancelled my membership and have been relying on dvd’s to workout. I have fibromyalgia and have found Core Fusion the perfect workout for strength training that won’t leave me in agonizing pain. I really want to try the Core Fusion Sport class. I keep seeing Dori and Missy tweeting about how fabulous it is and I want to see for myself. I already own Pure Abs and Arms and Body Sculpt so I would supplement CF Sport and Yoga to what I already have. Pick me! Pick me!

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13 Missy Maintains May 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

I’m a Facebook fan!
.-= Missy Maintains´s last blog ..Staying Healthy at Big Events! =-.

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14 Monica May 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

Core fusion sport hands down! I hope I win!!!!!

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15 Laura Georgina May 4, 2010 at 9:55 am

Oooh, how you always brighten my Tuesday mornings!

I’d be all over Core Fusion Sport because 1) I need to master the cute whitegirl topknot too, 2) I want to get strong and work up a sweat at the same time, 3) there’s no Core Fusion down here, and 4) I encountered a really freaky pervert on my run this morning and need to get fast and strong so I can outrun him (or, just stay home and safe doing Core Fusion Sport).

(I retweeted already and will try to remember to post about it on the blog today–I’m on a mission!)
.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Working From Home: In Which Your Girl Is Grateful For Her Good Fortune =-.

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16 Laura Georgina May 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

I meant to say, I retweeted the post once and tweeted the giveaway once!
.-= Laura Georgina´s last blog ..Working From Home: In Which Your Girl Is Grateful For Her Good Fortune =-.

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17 Nikki May 4, 2010 at 10:06 am

I’ve recommended your FB page to 151 of my closest girlfriends on Facebook, (and then some) because I love your blog and I think they’d love it just as much! Most of them are fitness freaks as well, so I think they can relate. (I don’t have a twitter account, but I’d tweet about it if I did.)

That’s awesome about Core Fusion & Yoga in a bundle. Seriously, that’s freaking awesome. Checking out their site, I find that vinyasa style stuck out to me since that’s what I practice now, and it works for me as it’s both challenging and has toned me up and leaned me out a bit as it’s a full body, full on workout. I’m only about 3 months into my classes, but those classes get expensive! ($14/session). I haven’t purchased a bundle package yet, since it’s a big chunk of change…yikes. But I feel great after classes, and try to keep up with it at home.

The problem with doing it at home is, I need guidance sometimes.. I don’t push myself like I do in the studio, because well, I like to change it up and not always do what’s comfortable.

This is the class I’d be interested in if I won: “Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga “Total Body Transformation + Detox” Flow”

Thanks for the post!
.-= Nikki´s last blog ..SheddingIt.com – Yoga Vibes Core Fusion =-.

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18 Eunice May 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

I’m really excited about this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to try core fusion, but I’m too cheap to buy the DVD’s or when I have money I forget to buy them and spend it on nail polish or something lame like that. Also, I’ve never really done yoga (some pilates) and I think it’s what’s missing from my workouts. I have the cardio and strength down…but no yoga. Eek! I hope I win!

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19 Eunice May 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

I also tweeted about this. :)

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20 Audra May 4, 2010 at 10:36 am

This sounds fantastic! I would love to try the Core Fusion Sport class. I’m moving soon and won’t have access to a gym for a while, so this would be great!

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21 Eunice May 4, 2010 at 10:37 am

Aaaaand I became a fan on FB…or I “liked” it. Ok, I’m done now.

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22 Audra May 4, 2010 at 10:46 am

I became a fan of your page on Facebook!

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23 Vanessa May 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

I got married on April 10th and it turns out having a husband and two dogs makes it harder to get to the gym (and eat healthy) than I ever would have imagined!!! I have been running the dogs for about half of my exercise just because I feel guilty when they don’t get exercise and the other half is now my bike @ home or my DVDs. I wanted to sign up for a local yoga class but I can’t because they are ALL during my work hours at my gym! DVDs are my only hope and this looks WAY better than watching those super fittos pretend to sweat while I’m getting my butt kicked :P

I want to take core fusion yoga! How could I not what to take a CF class after all I read about your love for them here?!

Also, already a fan on FB and suggested to 5 people! :)
Love your blog girl thank you!!

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24 Elizabeth May 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

I’d like to try Core Fusion Sport (although Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga “Total Body Transformation + Core Strength” looked tempting) based on your rave reviews. I have been running a lot (training for races), and I am definitely missing strength training. It would be great to start back up again with something that really works your arms and glutes–my 2 trouble areas. Thanks!

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25 Anna May 4, 2010 at 11:44 am

OK, I would love to try Core Fusion sport. I’m so sick of thinking about the same moves with my dumbbells (and then skipping the strength because I don’t want to). Plus, It might be cool to leave my gym behind! I could save some serious cash with a YogaVibes membership. I mean, I love spin classes, but that is all I go to the gym for–I want to find a way to get some more variety and switch it up and HAVE AN AWESOME MAY.

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26 Tamsin May 4, 2010 at 11:54 am

First of all, “OMG” has been on repeat in my mind since I read about this giveaway. Second… I am trying to get a flat stomach for the first time ever (and bikini season doesn’t hurt either). I just switched to a cheaper gym with fewer classes (and no really good yoga classes), so I’d do the Yoga for Athletes and Yoga for Recovery and probably some of the power yoga stuff too. I’ve also been trying out CF via Netflix, but can only have so many discs (I really want a good test drive before investing), and would love love LOVE to expand with these classes. Did I mention I would LOVE it?

Thanks! Back to document the RT and FB love in a few!

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27 Amanda May 4, 2010 at 11:56 am

I would take FULL CLASS: American Power Yoga – Open Level Class. I am currently studying in Hamburg, Germany and cannot afford to take the classes here, so this would be a very beneficial addition to my running and weight lifting.
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Fantastic Find Friday – Marcantonio Casillo Birth Record =-.

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28 Tamsin May 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

Tweeted this awesomeness…

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29 Amanda May 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

I just became a fan on Facebook. I would definitely do this throughout May if I win.
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..Fantastic Find Friday – Marcantonio Casillo Birth Record =-.

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30 Tamsin May 4, 2010 at 11:57 am

…And liked the fanpage (and am shocked I didn’t already like it)!

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31 Jennifer@ knackfornutrition.blogspot.com May 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm

After hearing you RAVE about core fusion, how could I not want to try it!? If I win, I would want to try their CoreFusion yoga class because I like the stretch of yoga with the challenge of strength training.

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32 Jennifer@ knackfornutrition.blogspot.com May 4, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I also became a fan of Shedding it on facebook!

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33 Jennifer@ knackfornutrition.blogspot.com May 4, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I also tweeted about your giveaway!

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34 Erin May 4, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I would love to try the Core Fusion one! I have been reading the praise you keep giving to Core Fusion and I would love to see what it could do for my body. My stomach is also my trouble spot and I remember you saying that it has been doing wonders for your middle.

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35 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER May 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I think I’d like to try the Breathing Your Spine Awake class because I’m incredibly paranoid about damaging my back and I keep trying to think of ways to strengthen it and keep myself in the game.
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Finals! =-.

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36 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER May 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Just tweeted about it… and now prepare for the onslaught of more of my entries.
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Finals! =-.

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37 Stefanie May 4, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Hi,
I would try Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga “Total Body Transformation + Core Strength” Flow class!
I am currently doing my masters project and spend msot of the day out and busy and by the time I am done I don’t feel like leaving my house to work out, so something that I could try at home would be great! I chose this class as it incorporates some yoga, but a lot of core stregnth, which is my weak point.

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38 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER May 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Just suggested it to people who I think will actually become fans!
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Finals! =-.

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39 Stephanie May 4, 2010 at 1:07 pm

After hearing SOOO much about CoreFusion from your blog, I definitely think I would have to go with that. Sadly, I’m in a bit of a transition period in my life as I’m currently working in the real world but will be returning to graduate school in the fall. Thus I don’t have a gym membership, because the outrageous joining fees don’t seem worth it for less than a year’s worth of membership. So I live and sweat by videos online, the tiny and crap-tastic gym in my apartment complex, and the few DVDs I have collected over the years (I’m a cheapo). So I would DEFINITELY be able to benefit from something like this. I’ve actually never taken a real gym class in my life!

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40 bradee May 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm

ok… this post just rocked my world! (not to mention u crack me up!)
ive been wanting to put together a core fusion schedule & this really helped me!
xo
.-= bradee´s last blog ..workin on my plan… =-.

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41 melissa May 4, 2010 at 1:17 pm

best news ever! thanks so so much

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42 Kim @ LEO the lion says GER May 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I just blogged about this too! http://leothelionsaysger.blogspot.com/2010/05/makin-it-monday-chocolate-chip-less.html

Also, I think you might like the recipe in that post a lot too.
.-= Kim @ LEO the lion says GER´s last blog ..Finals! =-.

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43 andrea May 4, 2010 at 1:28 pm

So glad you posted about this! I would love to try core fusion sport. I too live in a state with no core fusion and would love to be able to do a real class.

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44 bradee May 4, 2010 at 1:33 pm

i would love to try the beginners yoga/pilates! :)
i just tweeted this (twitter id: bradee)
.-= bradee´s last blog ..workin on my plan… =-.

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45 katie May 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

i’d love to try the core fusion yoga video :) and i’m trying to do the cf challenge myself this month [well i also attempted it during april but that was highly unsuccessful] – and deciding between the arms + abs and the leaned + toned dvds to add to my collection. such tough decisions ;)

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46 Laura May 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This was an easy choice for me as I’m not really into yoga, so I’d definitely love to take a Core Fusion class. Lately, I’ve been trying to vary my cardio from just running or the elliptical so I’ve been doing a lot of DVDs, and Core Fusion Sport would definitely be a nice addition to my rotation!

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47 Alissa May 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I’d like to try Core Fusion Sport! I’m broke and I don’t have money to join a gym, so this free month would be awesome!!

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48 Manon May 4, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Yoga for Athletes! Totally on a NA diet, and I’ve had a goal for months to get in a yoga workout twice a week!
.-= Manon´s last blog ..Spreading the Loooooove ♥ =-.

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49 Allison May 4, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Oh man, I’d probably pick the Core Fusion yoga, because I’m definitely set with cardio but I could use something new in my stretching routine. Or maybe CF Sport for those days when I keep putting off my run until it’s dark…damn, it’d be tough to pick! At any rate, I’m looking for something that increases my core strength and endurance to keep my semi-injury-prone-self running.

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50 Andrea May 4, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I would love to try Core Fusion sport. Less than 3 months until my 21st bday and I’m on the DTF diet (down to…well,you kn0w)..now that I will be able to LEGALLY go out! :)

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51 Andrea May 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

you know I retweeted for you!
it’s the last tweet I sent out
from @celeryinthecity

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52 Lesley May 4, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I’m SOOOO curious about Core Fusion. I can’t wait to try it…I’m liking the Core Fusion Sport.

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