After telling everyone about Core Fusion and Exhale I always get “So what exactly do you do?” and that is a very good question. I like to explain Core Fusion as a mix between Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, and strength training. The class lasts 60 minutes and depending on the teacher it can run a little over.
You start with a quick warm up to get the body warm and when I say quick I mean quick. It was really funny because I brought my Mom to a class in Ann Arbor and she was like lifting you legs is not a warm up but it really helps and it is all you need to do to get you ready for the rest of the class. Next you move into a plank and a serious of push ups. After the push ups you concentrate on arms. You do a series of arm strengthening exercises with 3 pound weights. I know it doesn’t sound like much but you do not need more than that. In the class you burn your muscles to fatigue and then stretch them out to get long lean muscles instead of bulky muscles. After you finish arms you move to the bar todo thighs and glutes. After glutes the rest of the class you work on abs; doing flat back, round back, and an exercise they call “the Curl”. The curl is one of the most effective exercises you can do to work every muscle in your abs, it is also one of the hardest things I have ever done. Class finishes with stretching.
Core Fusion is primarily a core strengthening class it is not a lot of cardio which is why I recommend doing Core Fusion Sport or another cardio activity to complement Core Fusion.
It is suggested you do Core Fusion three times a week but there is no limit to how many times a week you can go, it will not hurt you. You are building lean muscle and the more lean muscle you have the better your metabolism will be. As for the calories you burn in a class it is really hard to say because it depends on the percentage of lean muscle mass that you have in your body. But one instructor told me you probably burn about 250 to 300 calories. Do NOT get discouraged by this, I promise you will see results.
If you live in the New York area and can take a class, here are my favorite teachers: Fred Devito, Elisabeth Halfpapp, Bergen Wheeler, Laurie Levy, Tammy Rowe, Kayleigh Pleas, Myra Thibault, Barbara Boolukos, Page Rockwell, Katie Albarelli, Erin Jacques Lauren Weisman, and Jesse Manocherian.
I hope to see you in a class soon!