I’ve been hearing a lot about [solidcore] the last few months so when I was offered the chance to come in and check out a class, I was all over it. [solidcore] founded by Anne Mahlum, has 3 Washington, DC locations and just recently opened the first Virginia location where I visited. Based on the principles of Pilates then “kicked up” a few notches, the 50 min. [solidcore] class aims to help you “create the strongest version of yourself-inside and out]. The class is performed on “megareformers” pictured here:
The atmosphere is a zen like, modern open space with minimalistic decor. Classes are small (max of 10) and intimate. Walking into the studio, I was immediately greeted by my instructor who was eager to give me the run down and briefing on the class. She explained we would be using “megareformers” to perform slow, small controlled movements. She demonstrated how we would stand on the platform and the carriage would move back and forth.
I’m thinking, “I workout everyday-How hard can this be?”
The Goals of the class:
-To work our muscles to the point of failure √
-To push ourselves more than we would do on own √
-We wouldn’t be expected to make it through the class without a break √
We started the “warm up” with a focus on arms. We performed pull ups on the back of the platform and tricep dips holding onto the straps. Oh my were my arms burning! I do strength training exercises 2-3 times a week and let me tell you this was like nothing I have ever done. And that was the warm up!
We moved onto deep, slow lunges while moving the carriage back and forth. Cue legs shaking. This was humbling to say the least. I do lunges and squats all the time and I was dying! Add in the “little pulses” and oh my those legs were on fire.
I really liked the oblique crunches called “corkscrews” and 2 days later I was still feeling those babies. I worked muscles I didn’t even know I had.
Pros of [solidcore}:
-Great compliment to running, cycling etc
-Small group classes with lots of instruction & supervision
-Challenging and new
-Different routine each class
Cons of [solidcore]:
-It’s hard so if that’s not what you’re looking for it’s not for you
-Hard to replicate at home
-It is costly. At about $35 for a class it can cost you. They do have monthly packages and buddy deals.
There is also a great little boutique at the front of the store.
If you are an athlete looking for a challenge and a way to mix up your exercise routine, try out [solidcore]. You will be surprised by how tough it is. I was! I certainly had my a** handed to me in that class. But of course, that just makes me want to go back and do it again. Want to join me?
Have you ever tried [solidcore] or any other intense reformer class?