Those of you following this blog for 2011 know that this has been my year of experimenting with working out at home. I’ve done three DVD programs–Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis, P90X, and Insanity. I wasn’t able to complete Insanity because my body couldn’t handle high impact exercise 6 days/week. Ultimately, none of the programs was perfect for me and left me searching for another great workout.
Well, I’ve found something that I truly love. It’s challenging, low-impact, and leaves me sore in places I didn’t even know I’d exercised. It’s called SPX Fitness and is like a Pilates reformer class, but is done on a modified machine called the megaformer. Apparently, it’s all the rage in LA, including amongst celebrities like Brook Burke. The classes are either 40 or 55 minutes, so it’s a pretty small time commitment, especially considering that the designer of the program, Sebastian Lagree, recommends doing it only 2-3 times/week. Because of the expense of the class, I have only done it once each week, but then I try to do similar modified movements at home. The entire class is strength training, with a huge focus on glutes and core. However, the moves are done so quickly that it’s also a bit of a cardio workout. Each exercise is done for one-minute and by the end of that time, the goal is to have the muscle completely fatigued (which it almost always is for me). Each move also encourages a full range of motion, so there is a lot of stretching and elongating of the muscles. I expect this to create a very long, lean, toned look. I am almost always shaking by the end of the workout and find myself sore for days. I consider myself to be in very good shape, so I’m really pleased to find such a challenging workout that doesn’t bang my joints.
The biggest drawback to my new favorite workout is that it can only be done in a studio on a very specific machine. And the classes are expensive (in my city, about $25-30/class). I have yet to figure out how this program will be sustainable for me, since going even once per week will cost me $100/month.