Wednesday Reviews : Group Core
Hi everyone! If you'll remember in my fitness goals for the year, I want to try out four new workouts this year. Today I'm going to be talking about the first new class that I tried out- Group Core! This is a new class that's offered at my gym. It's described as a 30 minute workout that will work your entire core, so I had to try it out!
My gym offers group fitness classes by the company Body Training Systems. In the past, I've gone to Group Power and Group Centergy, so I was excited to give another class a try. On the website, the class has this description:
Let's get Hard Core! Train like an athlete in 30 action-packed minutes. A strong core, from your shoulders to your hips, will improve your athletic performance, help prevent back pain, and give you ripped abs! Expert coaching and motivating music will guide you through functional and integrated exercises using your body weight, weight plates, a towel, and a platform- all to challenge you like never before. Reach your Peak with Group Core!
I love the fact that this class is only 30 minutes long, and that half hour really flies by! The workout is divided into different sections of your core, and switches between high intensity and low intensity. Here's what a typical class looks like:
Warm-up : Dynamic stretches to warm up your body and muscles. Exercises use the step and towel.
Cardio Max : High impact exercises that really bring up that heart rate! Lots of burpees and dynamic core work. Full body is working during this track!
Core Integration : Low impact with balance. Small, slow movements that force you to engage entire core.
Core Stability : All about the planks - straight arm, forearm, and side. This one is a killer!
Core Mobility : High intensity track that targets the obliques. Lots of twisting using both a weighted plate and a towel. Track continues to speed up as you work, so while you get tired you have to keep up the pace!
Cool-down : Short cool-down that stretches out the core and brings back down the heart rate.
As you can tell, this class is short but really effective. It targets all of the areas of the core : abs, hamstrings, glutes, hips, lower and upper back, and obliques. For runners, it's really important to exercise these muscles to prevent injury and make us stronger and more stable!
I can tell a huge difference in my fitness when I focus on strengthening my core, but don't take my word for it. Here are a few posts that I find really informative about running and core exercises:
Why You Need A Strong Core
13 Essential Core Exercises for Runners
Core Work for Runners
Runner's Core Workout
What's your favorite area to workout?
Is there a core exercise that you love? Hate? I have a love/hate relationship with planks!
What new workout have you recently tried?