Today on The Sister Project we are launching our first of a five part fit series for the month of March. We are pumped to share with you some cool ass gyms you may have heard about and were curious, or perhaps not a clue… or you’re just too damn scared. Well, not to worry , the sisters of TSP hooked up with some of our favorite local gyms/studios and also some spots that have peaked our own interests and we are excited to share our Fitsperiences with you. This week’s first featured studio and my personal fave is Core Power Yoga.
I heart Core Power. This place is more than a yoga studio, it’s a community and I am happy to be a part of it. My ass gets kicked at the LaGrange spot by some totally motivating, super bad asses who have already taught me so much and are honestly just breaths of fresh air. Love the whole vibe. It’s clean. Everyone is cool and if you are into yoga, and then some, Core Power is DA BOMB. Yeah, I said that. Not to mention all of the things I have improved upon. No Muscle Tone Mary over here can do a push up…for the first time EVER!
Core Power offers a variety of classes, ranging from Yoga Sculpt to Hot Power Fusion to more Vinyasa style yoga which CP refers to as C-1 and C-2 classes. The rooms are heated, which I love. Lord knows I need an extra push when it comes to ridding myself of toxins and the heat totally helps with that. Personally, I have tried all of the classes, loving them each for very different reasons, but sculpt is my jam. Sculpt is a 60 minute flow yoga class with weights and a cardio burst. When I tell you it kicks your ass, I’m not kidding. I have installed handicap bars on my bathroom walls, specifically for lowering myself down on the pot post sculpt. If you want to lift those cheeks, shrink the “hello goodbye” arms down or shave a tad off those obliques, sweet mother of Mary I have found the the class for you oh, and its fun! #ihaterunning
If you happen to live in my neck of the woods (LaGrange, IL) may I suggest you hit up Tuesday or Thursday’s 9am sculpt class taught by Lisa or Diana. These cool ass chicks bring a ton of energy and motivation to their classes. Sculpt starts with an intention and ends in savasana. Lot’s of push ups, squats and lunges in between and with the music bumping and woo’s all around, you are destined to get a great workout. As I write this I can feel myself getting excited for tomorrow’s class. I have mad respect for these ladies. They are fit as hell, super cool and they push me to my edge every single week. I thank you.
Might I add, since I began practicing at Core Power Yoga, my anxiety has almost completely diminished. I feel amazing. Can I get a “hell yeah”?! The icing on the cake after getting my butt kicked in class is the cool lemon, lavender cloth the teachers ever so gently place on your forehead. I mean are you f’ing kidding me!!?!?!? DREAM! Who in their right might would turn that little slice of heaven down after any workout is beyond me. Not this limp noodle. Hand it over.
To round out this experience, I have got to say, the facilities are just perfect. Between the incredible, full service locker rooms, various toiletries (on the house) and an inviting space up front to gab with fellow yogis and instructors, (which I totally do) this Core Power is tops. Oh, and their retail is pretty friggin great too! Memberships are offered as well as class packages so you have many options, but it is going to cost you. Silver lining: If you are a newbie and overcome with curiosity, don’t fret, you get your first FREE WEEK! How awesome it that? And for all of you city dwellers and out of towners, have no fear, Core Power is all over the country. Check their site for locations and class schedules.
Collectively, Lauren, Nicole and I loved this studio. Lauren practices at a Core Power in the city regularly and teaches sculpt classes at a studio in Lincoln Park. For Nicole, it was her first time and will most certainly not be her last. She loved it. At TSP we believe that life is about experiences and trying new things and most importantly, it is NEVER too late to start.
“A thousand mile journey starts with just one step.” unknown