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Monday, January 21, 2008

Core Fusion at Exhale

I tried out Core Fusion at Exhale Spa. To my surprise it was almost exactly the same as Physique 57.

This is the Exhale description:
Build a strong core. Develop washboard abs. Improve posture. Focus your mind.
Core Fusion® is known as a Pilates-infused transformational fitness experience as it allows you to work from the inside out and it consistently delivers results. This highly publicized mind body class is proven to give you washboard abs, a tighter and higher backside, and a perfectly toned body.This one-hour class fuses the disciplines of core conditioning, Pilates, and yoga to produce long, lean muscles, a flexible, youthful body and a sense of peace and relaxation. (picture is a yoga class--sorry)

This is the Physique description:
During the 57-minute class, clients use weights and the ballet barre to strengthen and lengthen every muscle group to create supple and lean bodies. All beginner, mixed and advanced level classes are structured to make the most of every minute. Motivating music accompanies the brisk sequence of toning exercises and stretches. Throughout the session, Physique 57® instructors move among clients positioning, aligning, and providing individualized instruction.

I took a beginner class at Exhale, so I am not sure it it was slightly easier or if it was the level. It was certainly more subdued, almost relaxing. It was definitely challenging, but I didn't feel I was getting the calorie-burn that I get from the high-heart rate more boot camp style class at Physique.

As far as atmosphere, Exhale has Physique beat hands down. The spa is beautiful and Zen-like. The locker rooms are gorgeous and filled with amenities, including free locks on all the lockers.

The workout studio was twice as big as the Physique studios, and there were only about half as many students.

I intend to stay loyal to Physique, but I wish they would charge less, now that I see what their competition offers! I have to try the more advanced Core Fusion class to see if that offers the same level of intensity as the open Physique classes.

36 comments:

Crusher said...

Hey little runner that could! You really do need to take the more advanced Core Fusion courses THEY ROCK! The advanced classes really test the limits of your endurance and capabilities.

One little fact you should be aware of is that Core Fusion was around way before Physique 57.

In my opinion Exhale Core Fusion is a better class than Physique 57 in that the atmosphere is as you mentioned more Zen like and the Exhale instructors really push you to your limits while correcting your form mercilessly!

My 2 cents

Anonymous said...

my 2 cents is correct. Physique 57 teachers were all trained by Core Fusion co-founders. my experience at Core is much more relaxed and overall good workout. P57 is intense but a crowded room. try the CF open class next

Anonymous said...

Core is amazing. I just started and it's literally re-shaping my body... I think even my knees are getting skinnier... it's weird.

The Little Runner That Could said...

Thanks for all the feedback! I love the open Physique classes, the totally kick my aparently not-so-in-shape butt. But if you all say Core Fusion is even better, I will give it a few more tries.

Thanks for reading. If anyone has a great nutritionist, let me know!

Anonymous said...

I've tried Physique 57 and Core Fusion and find that Physique is much harder and effective than Core. Less yoga-like exercises and more pure strenthening focus. I took Lotte Berk for years and then followed the founder of Physique when she opened the studio. Yes it is crowded but I quess that's because the classes are so awesome. I am 38 and people compliment me all the time on my post (2) baby bod. Also, the founder of P57 was trained by the founders of Exhale and she now trains all the teachers at Physique. (just correcting a previous comment. If you take an Advanced level at P57 then Core, you will see what I am talking about. P57 is much more merciless.

Melissa said...

Thanks for your input. Now that I am going back to school and working full-time, even if I had the time, I don't have the money to go to Physique much anymore! All the amazing effects have already reversed!

I hope some day I will go regularly again. Like when Kelly Ripa adopts me!

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Neil said...

There is also a fantastic place on the UES called The Body which teaches similar classes - the instructors are great and facility very nice. I refuse to go to Physique 57 after i was turned away from class for being 1 minute late (with no apology) due to the fact that there SOHO location is in a most peculiar spot and i was being questioned by an unaffiliated doorman to their building.

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