I know that it's Tuesday and that's the day when I sporadically do guest blogs. I actually have one (thanks Jacky!) and will post it tomorrow. I just wanted to discuss the awesomeness that is Core Fusion while it was fresh in my mind.
I don't think I've mentioned Exhale/Core Fusion on this blog very much (except for this entry about the Midtown Manhattan location). I've gone to classes here on and off for about a year and it's an incredible workout. It's the sort of place that could easily be snooty and unwelcoming, but it's absolutely the opposite. Once you get past the sea of Lululemon yoga pants, it's very easy to see why Core Fusion has a cult-like following. The instructors are friendly and knowledgeable and no one ever makes you feel stupid or weak. Instead they praise everyone and make it known that the classes are not supposed to be easy - you need to leave your comfort zone to get the best results.
On Sunday night I saw a tweet from Dori telling me that Fred Devito, one of the founders of Core Fusion, would be teaching a class at the new Battery Wharf location. I almost didn't go because my body was wrecked from kickboxing, Core Fusion and a hill run. Oh, and there was that half marathon that I ran 10 days ago. Riiight. But Dori assured me that it was an opportunity not to be missed, and I generally take her word for all things Core Fusion-related. My excitement only intensified when Fred tweeted at me and some other local Core Fusioners about the class. Here goes nothin'...
So, I dragged my sore, dead-ass quads to a 5:45pm class. I was incredibly nervous because I wanted to make a good impression on Fred. I had an irrational fear that my already-sore legs would give out and I'd end up unconscious in the middle of the studio. Come on readers, you know that's something that could totally happen to me. Fred opened the class by saying "Where are my Twitter people?" and four of us raised our hands. Everyone giggled as he went around asking us our Twitter names. Someone even said "Oh, YOU'RE kissing frogs?!" One of my life goals is to become e-famous, perhaps I'm on my way?!
And before I knew it, class had begun. I am in no way a Core Fusion veteran but I've been to about 20 classes over the last year so I'd like to think that I have a pretty good handle on the classes. This class was different than anything else I'd been to. Fred's energy made the room feel electric. I do wish that I had fresh legs for the class, because my quads and hips were all, "Seriously, dude? You made us do this on Saturday. And then you made us run HILLS on Sunday. RELAX". Fred kept repeating for us not to think, just to react to his cues and it made a tremendous difference. He is clearly intuitive, and he was able to put everyone at ease immediately. It's quite a skill to be able to walk into a room and sense of what the group can and cannot handle.
If you live in or around Boston, I'd really like to recommend that you visit the Battery Wharf location - it's spacious and airy compared to the Back Bay location. It just opened so everything has that crisp, new feel to it. The classes aren't cheap, but I firmly believe that you get what you pay for.