My new favorite workout is SPX Fitness

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.


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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alyssa on December 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been hearing about this for a couple of years, but since we no longer live in L.A I haven’t been able to try a class. It sounds great! I teach Pilates and love it, and would like to try this.


  2. Posted by nineindices on August 18, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Dear Sophia,

    I really appreciate your writing on Tracy Anderson\’s DVDs. I saved myself tons of money; sticking to my pilates for now. Having spent years doing home exercise DVDs, I am STILL overwhelmed by the choices and possibilities out there. New trends make it exhausting to keep up.

    Will you please one day write a blog about your absolute top 10 workout DVDs? I would eagerly look forward to that blog post, and I\’m sure it will attract a lot of traffic.

    Personally, I can tell you right now that my favorite DVD is MTV Pilates Mix, by Kristin Mcgee. It\’s basically what I would grab if my house burned down!

    Thank you & Hope you have a wonderful week.


  3. Nineindices, sorry but I don’t have 10 favorite workout DVDs. I’m actually pretty new to working out with a DVD, and usually prefer to exercise outside or at the gym. Thanks for your tip about the MTV Pilates Mix DVD–I’ll have to try it!


  4. Posted by Erin on December 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I am trying to find the best DVD for at home fitness. I run about 2x a week and work out at the gym doing bodyflow or bodypump a couple of days as well but…I have kids and find that I go for few days without being able to make it out for a run, or to the gym and then I feel horrible!

    I am not sure that I should do the p90x because I would just be doing it when I can’t get outside or to the gym. Do you have any suggestions?


  5. Erin, I do P90X on days when I want a weight-lifting workout but don’t have time to make it to the gym. If you are running a couple times a week, it would be a nice addition.


  6. Posted by Andrea on January 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Hi, I enjoyed reading some of your reviews, nice detail. I would like to suggest OMNI-GYM as one product to review. I would love to get it however am unable to do so presently. With your background, I would love to hear what you think.


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