This year, one of the things I want to do is try new things in the fitness world. I am always reading and researching and learning from the other therapists and trainers at my studio. I also try to soak up as much knowledge as I can when talking to the great practitioners in my network, but I haven’t actually been out there to try what the other guys are doing in a while.
So I have committed to trying something new each month and to write a review about it. By no means do I pretend that these are objective reviews. Think of this as more my opinion as a fitness expert (it does say opinionated fitness guru in the title). Also, there may be things I don’t like that you do. I am not here to debate, just stating my thoughts because my name is in the url.
F45 Training – Wingman: Paired Resistance
My first class review of 2018 was of a Pure Barre class. It was on my way to this barre class that I stumbled upon F45 Training right next door to the barre studio. It wasn’t open yet, but it was scheduled to open its doors a few days later. Well, it took me 10 months to get my butt back there and into a class, and I am happy I did.
I signed up for a 6:30am class, at a studio I had never been to before, at about 8:15pm the night before. So, it may not surprise you that I had no idea what I was walking into or what kind of workout I was about to perform when I showed up in the morning. The good news, the instructor was uber friendly, super welcoming, and I felt comfortable within minutes.
Now, on a side note, another trainer and a friend (and owner of the amazing Lillabee Snacks) happened to show up for class that morning too. I adore this lady and rarely get to see her with our busy work and life schedules so I was stoked about this happy coincidence. Of course, this made the workout AWESOME, but I will try to write a little more about the workout below and not about her new brownie thins that we talked (and dreamt) about while we moved from station to station.
Before class, the instructor went over the general model of the workouts. All classes focus on functional training and are 45 minutes (F45). Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays focus on cardio, while Tuesdays and Thursdays were for lifting. Saturdays and Sundays you could find hybrid classes, and also the exception to the rule…a 60 minute class. The workouts are not designed by the instructor, but are pre-loaded by the F45 franchise. There are 31 different workouts that can be done and all have different rest and work cycles. There are big screens at the front of the room where demonstrations of the exercises are shown as well as a timer, set counter, and other, helpful information.
The workout for my morning class was a partner workout. Meaning you worked side-by-side with a partner, performing different, but complimentary exercises. You would perform your exercise for about 35 seconds and then switch with your partner. Back and forth 3x and then you move to the next station. The exercises were functional in the Cross Fit kind of way, but reps were done at your speed with a focus on form. The instructor’s main job is to make sure we are doing things correctly, from the exercise order to our form.
Mainly, I enjoyed the workout because it was nice to have someone else design my workout besides me. Especially that early in the morning, it is really nice to just follow along. The moves were simple but challenging. An added bonus, the instructor wasn’t yelling in our faces or trying to pump us up the whole time. He just roamed around, offering a few corrections and some encouragement.
At 45 minutes, class went by really quickly. It wasn’t the hardest workout ever, but it was well-rounded and I was sore in a few places the day after. We ended with a quick cool-down and headed out on our way.
Pros: Quick, whole-body workout. Facility was clean and the instructor was nice. It was easy to follow along with the videos. Doing a workout with a partner is an added bonus and always make moving more fun.
Cons: If you are a person who has limitations, the class moves a bit too fast to really get into proper form and modifications. The major con for me is that I personally just find video workouts silly. I mean, if I want to follow a video, I will just do it at my house. I’ll buy the videos once instead of pay for a monthly membership.