For the longest time I didn’t “get” yoga. How could it help me? I never felt relaxed, only stressed that I couldn’t hold the poses. Plus, I felt like running or spinning was much more effective for my fitness goals. But the thought of doing yoga alwaysÂ stuck with me.
What is it?
CorePower has locations across 12 states from California to Massachusetts. They offer a range of different classes for beginners to advanced yogis. Â I am only reviewing the Yoga Sculpt classes as these are the classes I take & enjoy. Yoga Sculpt is a total body workout that combines yoga with free weights to create resistance & intensify poses. Strength exercises [ think lunges, squats, bicep/tricep curls, etc ] are incorporated to buildÂ lean muscle mass. Oh ya, and the room is heated [ 92Â° – 95Â° ] with little to no humidity!
What did I think?
// FACILITYÂ //Â In the Chicago area, there are 19 locations alone! This is a major plus in my book as no matter where I am I can usually make it to a class. Throughout the course of the week, IÂ tried out different locations around my house & work [ Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Gold Coast, West Loop ] & definitely have favorites. I prefer the size of the Lakeview & Gold Coast studios as opposed to the tiny & awkward Lincoln Park studio. All facilities are decorated well with friendly front desk staff as well as plenty of merchandise from BKR bottles to Lululemon & Beyond Yoga apparel to plenty of mats from brands like Jade. You can rent a mat & towel for a small fee. I takeÂ this option more than I should as I hate to lug my mat around town.
// CLASSÂ // Every class starts with traditional yoga sun salutations to warm up & music varies depending on the instructor [ it tends to speed up as we get going in class ]. You then pick up weights [ I alternate between 3, 5 & sometimes 8 pound weights ] to flow through sun salutations. Strength exercises are also added in for
torture good measure.Â Tricep dips, pushups, mountain climbers &Â bicep curls are all common in a sculpt class [ each class varies ]. Let’s just say I didn’t know I could sweat so much in one hour! Classes push you to your limit, but you also feel the detoxifying & mental benefits from the posesÂ & heat. I’m always super sore & super blissed out after each class. Great combo! I definitely started to crave the classes every day.
What I didn’t like:
There is no booking system & classes fill up quickly, so you need to get there early to reserve your space.Â Often, there areÂ over-filled classes, making it uncomfortable to do any type of movement that is required [ super annoying! ]. Also, locker rooms get packed similarly toÂ the classes.Â My advice is get to class EARLY!
// OVERALL //Â Considering I ended up purchasingÂ a month unlimited after my free week [ a little bit of a late review! ], I’d say that alone speaks for itself.Â I can overlook the maxed out classes & locker rooms because I seriously loveÂ the benefits I feelÂ from practicing Yoga Sculpt regularly such as better sleep & less anxiety. I guess you could say I’m a converted yogi!