I heard about [solidcore] from friends and had read a few articles about it. The consensus is that it’s one of the hardest workout. A few years ago, I would have said BRING IT. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, I’ve realized that I can’t push myself too hard without suffering the consequences. I’ve also been to quite a few workouts where I question the effectiveness – is it really just an overpriced gimmick where there’s a high probability of getting injured? So yeah, I’m skeptical.
I signed up for an off peak class at the [solidcore] Ballston. After parking in the garage across the street for $1, I was greeted by this:
No biggie. I sweat when I lift my pinky, so I had come prepared with a large water and extra shirt.
The studio itself is very clean and organized. The instructor took time to talk to us before we entered the class area (it’s not a separate room, rather just separated by a wall). Once we were at our spots, the instructor came over and walked us through the basic moves on the [solidcore] machine. My friend and I were both pretty confused, but it was easier to follow as the class progressed.
It was absolutely a tough workout, but one of the reasons is that you repeated moves for long periods of time. At one point, I stopped doing push ups knowing we’d have 1000 more and in reality, I can only do 15 max with proper form.
In terms of the actual workout, you can get a very similar type of workout with gliders and free weights. I love/hate gliders.
The class is too expensive for me to return on a regular basis, but it’s absolutely worth checking out. You may love it. Here we are in celebration of finishing our first class:
One of my favorite classes of all time is Exhale Core Fusion HIIT (formerly Core Fusion Extreme). It incorporates TRX (LOVE!), gliders, boxes, and core balls. I always waited until they have class pack sales – they can go for as low as ~$20/class – and would buy a bunch. It’s one circuit per month, so you can learn to perform the routine with proper form. The instructors are very hands on and incredibly helpful with adjustments and modifications. I feel really comfortable using TRX because of it.
Lastly, as I’ve stated before, Nike has great free workouts. You can also purchase TRX bands, gliders, and / or an ab roller and do a similar at home workouts.
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.