Have you heard of [solidcore]? It is quickly taking over the DC Metro area and when I heard that it claimed to be the “most intense workout you’ve ever tried” I knew I wanted to check it out. I’d hear from a number of friends how tough it was…and also how expensive it was. But when Sue suggested we meet up and check out the new [solidcore] studio in Alexandria and then grab lunch AND she told me the first class was just $19, I was in. note: I paid for my class myself and wasn’t compensated in any way to write my review.
Here’s what the [solidcore] folks say about the workout:
solidcore] is a 50-minute, full body workout, that uses slow and controlled movements to work your muscles to failure…yes, failure. This workout is unlike anything you have ever done before and we speak from first-hand experience when we tell you that the results are amazing. Not only do you burn an average of 600 calories per class, but for the next 20-24 hours after class, your metabolism is increased so your body can repair the muscles.
[solidcore] is not for everyone. This is one of the most intense workouts you will ever try in your life, so we recommend you have a solid fitness foundation before taking your first class. Although intense, this workout is extrememly safe and efficient. There is absolutely no impact on your joints and and your certified [solidcore] coach is extremely skilled at managing different fitness levels in class. This is the only workout we have found that gives you all the intesnity you could ask for (and more), without risk for damage to your joints or muscles.
With hundreds of moves and resistance options, every class is different so you will never get bored and your body will stay consistantly challenged. Because no workout is ever the same, you won’t plateau, which makes the results you desire happen that much faster.
So, was the this the hardest workout I’ve ever tried? Maybe. Probably. I would say that it is definitely not a class I’d take someone to if they were just starting to work out. But [solidcore] makes it clear that this is NOT for beginners. And it’s not. About three minutes in, Sue and I looked at each other and said “we are screwed.” The workout is done on this megaformer machine that looks like a pilates machine but has cables that determine the amount of weight resistance you are using.
It is fast paced and if you are anything like me you will be sweating quickly (note: the picture above was taken AFTER class – those smiles and that long sleeve shirt were NOT present during class :)). Like I said, it’s HARD. It is low impact with thumping music that is probably supposed to distract you from how much it hurts (sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t). I really loved our instructor, Mary. She was encouraging and with only four of us in the class, we got plenty of individual attention. We did all kinds of moves – lunges, planks, arm work and everything in between. It was all just really hard.
I definitely felt extremely challenged and was concerned I’d be crazy sore the next day. So I did the only thing that’s natural to me and went for a run that same evening. I was a bit sore the next day but nothing crazy. My inner thighs were tight and Pure Barre was extra hard the rest of the week. Overall, I enjoyed the challenge and if it wasn’t so expensive (and I wasn’t so addicted to Pure Barre) I might go more regularly. I loved our instructor and enjoyed chatting with her after class. She has three kids under the age of five and a crazy body so [solidcore] clearly works. I do think it’d be great for runners for cross training and if you are in the area, give it a try!
What’s the hardest workout you’ve ever tried?