Boutique fitness studios are popping up everwhere…Orangetheory, Soul Cycle, Pure Barre, Swet Ride, Solidcore just to name a few..they are the latest fitness craze and are turning up on every street corner here in the DC area. As I’ve “grown” as a runner I’ve come to realize that as much as I love running I also LOVE variety and switching things up. So when I saw that [Solidcore] was opening a new studio in Old Town Alexandria I really wanted to try it. I had a few friends that had already tried it and was dying to get in there. So I called up Courtney to see if she wanted to join me to try it out.
Have you ever done a workout when in the middle of it you think to yourself “this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done” ? I’ve never said that. Until now.
Join me for my [Solidcore]Review: THE hardest workout you will EVER do.
I know…that is a pretty hard core statement, and I’m not one to say something is EVER the most difficult, but this is a different case.
A little background about Solidcore:
[solidcore] is a 50-minute, full body workout in a class-based fitness studio with no more than 13 clients in class at a time. We use slow and controlled full-body movements with constant tension to work your muscle fibers to failure – yep, failure. This low-impact process forces your muscles to rebuild a more sculpted, stronger and [solid] you. The workout is different everytime you come, so it’s impossible for your body to plateau or stop responding. Each class has a certified [solidcore] coach that motivates you the entire time to push yourself further than you would on your own.
They even say on the website that this workout isn’t for everyone. They recommend you have a solid fitness foundation before attempting the class because it is the hardest workout you will ever do. The workout is extremely intense but there is absolutely no impact to your joints. Solidcore utilizers megaformers as the main workout apparatus. Megaformers….AKA…torture devices (in my opinon).
If any of you have done pilates before this is like a reformer on steroids. It allows you to adjust resistance and keeps your entire body engaged during every single exercise. It allows you to target muscles from every angle you can imagine. I had absolutely no idea what to expect and walked in with an attitude of “oh, this isn’t going to be so bad.”
HA! Boy was I wrong. I was all smiles as you can see before class. That would quickly change.
About 2 minutes into the class I was sweating bullets and I looked over at Courtney and said, “holy shit, we’re screwed.”
The atmosphere was awesome. I loved the simple, minimalistic look of the studio with concrete floors and wood walls, and the glow of the blue lights. The upbeat music and the awesome instructor who would come by and make sure you were engaging the proper way. It was a small class of only 4 of us, but probably because it was mid-morning. They max out at 13 people per class which I really liked. We did everything from planks…
to lunges to bridges to bicep curls to chest press. Seriously, this is no joke. I’m pretty sure in our last exercise of bridges with a chest press my ass was shaking and I was channeling my inner Beyonce…..
….but not. If only I could have an ass like Beyonce…..sorry, I digress..
Seriously though, I discovered muscles in my ass that I didn’t know I had and didn’t realize my ass could shake like that by doing a bridge. Oh wait, I’m pretty sure we held it for like 5 minutes. During our lunges and pikes all I can remember is In for four, out for four, hold it, hold it, hold it… Yea, intense. That is all. This is a VERY fast moving class and I found myself fumbling with the megareformer several times. I’m sure getting comfortable on it takes a few classes though.
On a serious note, this would be an AMAZING workout for a runner to do on a consistent basis, talk about amazing core work. I would love to be able to go here on a regular basis but with a price tag of $35 for an individual class, it’s just not in reach for a VERY part-time nurse and full time stay at home mom unfortunately. Your first class is $19 which is great as a hook, line and sinker though. Great way to get you in the door and get you to drink the kool-aid. I want to drink the kool-aid badly, but until I win the lottery or at least start working again full time, it’s not going to happen unfortunately.
And a fun tidbit of information! The founder Anne Mahlum also stared Back on My Feet. If you aren’t familiar with Back on My Feet you should check it out! I’ve got to give Anne a lot of credit, this studio rocks! And while it’s only in the DC/VA and Minneapolis area right now, I would expect to see big things from her. She’s on to something! Go check out [Solidcore] if you get chance!
*Please not that I paid for this class out of my pocket and was not asked to write a review. I just wanted to share my experience with you all!*
What is the hardest workout you have ever done?
Have you ever used a megareformer before?
What do you think about boutique studios? Here to stay or just a fad?