As part of my quest towards a more balanced fitness program, I’m in the process of checking out various group exercise classes offered by my gym. This past Thursday, I decided to check out CXWORX. I chose this class for three reasons:
- The class starts at 5:10, so I don’t have to hang around the gym waiting for it to start (I get out of work at 4:30)
- The class is only 30 minutes long, which means I get home that much sooner on one of my few rehearsal-free nights
- The class is focused on strengthening your core, which is really important for me as a runner
Here’s a description of the class I lifted from the Les Mills website:
Exercising muscles around the core, CXWORX™ provides the vital ingredient for a stronger body. A stronger core makes you better at all things you do, from everyday life to your favorite sports – it’s the glue that holds everything together.
All the moves in CXWORX™ have options, so it’s challenging but achievable for your own level of fitness. During the 30-minute workout trained instructors guide you through correct technique as you work with resistance tubes and weight plates, as well as body weight exercises like crunches, and hovers. You will also get into some hip, butt and lower back exercises.
I was nervous before this class, especially because I attended solo. Thankfully, I lucked out once again, in that this was only the second class of a new release, so we were all learning together. There were also a number of other newbies, so I felt fairly comfortable. The instructor, Betsy, was REALLY good–great descriptions of the movements, variations for different levels, what we should or shouldn’t be feeling or doing, and she called the transitions between movements really well.
This class may be only 30 minutes, but we were WORKING! The class flowed really well, in that every time I was starting to feel like I couldn’t continue a particular movement one second longer, we transitioned to something else. We worked our entire core, as well–back, abs, obliques, glutes, hips, and even some shoulder and arm work. The movements that we did are kind of hard to describe, because most of them are not traditional exercises like crunches or curls. There was a lot of rolling around and going from sitting to standing and back again, so if you’re not super mobile, this is probably not a good class for you. I’d definitely call it more of an intermediate level class than a beginner level class, so keep that in mind if you’re just starting out on your fitness journey.
All in all, this class is a lot of bang for the proverbial buck. Having a strong core is essential for a runner, and if the way my abs felt the day after is any indication, this class is really going to up my game. I plan to go every Thursday.
Have you ever tried CXWORX?
What are your favorite core exercises?