Happy Thursday, blog friends! Last night I tried my very first Refine Method class. I would describe it as a hybrid Pilates/Core Fusion/Boot camp class. The studio is adorable with exposed brick and Brynn, the owner and instructor greets everyone by name. It doesn't hurt that its located a handful of blocks from my apartment.
The workout is broken up into circuits consisting of core work, cardio bursts, and lower body work. I knew I was in trouble after the first set of squats. Oh, the squats. The planks were killer. Did I mention that one of the cardio bursts was actually holding a plank (for what felt like an eternity) while sliding our legs in and out on these cute little torture devices also known as discs. Those were fun, except I almost cried. Some of the squats were performed while using the pulley system for simultaneous upper body work. It was quite the challenge. I was actually shaking the entire way home. Washing my hair and brushing my teeth were painful. Holding my cell phone this morning was a task unto itself.
Oh, I forgot to mention every time I laugh, cough, or basically move my extremely sore core screams. There’s a reason everyone in the class was a dime. This workout is insane, in the absolute best way possible.
It’s basically like having a personal trainer (who is a former ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet) show you how to look like the ballerina I always longed to be. It was a glorious Wednesday evening, indeed. Now if I can only make it up the subway stairs in less than an hour, we’ll be good to go.