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Sculpt & Shred
Jaime Billerman July 15, 2017 No Comments

Sculpt & Shred

It’s Been A While

I’ve been lazy, very, very lazy. During the week of the 4th of July, I basically celebrated the holiday by not working out. It’s not like I didn’t do anything – I took my dog for walks, but I didn’t actually work out in the gym. So I knew I had to get back into it this week or it would be a terrible downward spiral. So… I took Betsy’s Sculpt & Shred that is on Wednesdays at 5:15 PM. I’ll be honest, I knew nothing about the class going in. All I knew was that it was in Studio A, taught by Betsy and was at a convenient time for me after work, plus it was only 45 minutes. We do have this class at other times, with other teachers, throughout the week – so I will have to take those soon to compare.

Sculpt & Shred

If you’ve never taken an exercise class, what do you picture? I’m not sure why, but I picture the step platform and doing some exercises with weights. For some reason in my head, it is also a bunch of women with poofy hair and leg warmers, so, this class isn’t quite like that but I do feel like it is based off of something similar. There was no poofy hair or leg warmers – but the set up was around a step platform, we used weights, a weighted bar and a mat. The class uses basic exercises, but mixes them up by using the step and the different weights. For example, we would be doing lunges, with one foot on the step, and we would be lifting the weight at the same time. The class mostly focused on arms and legs – lunges, squats, bicep curls, tricep dips, etc. There was a mat section at the end of the class that focused on ab work as well. The class was upbeat and you were constantly moving, so the 45 minutes did actually go by pretty quickly, but it wasn’t really cardio based – so I never felt like I was out of breath. I would suggest that if you are looking for a quick full body workout, but need someone pushing you a little bit, take this class.

Shorter Does Not Equal Easier

You would think that after the Kettlebell class I took – I would know that just because a class is shorter, that does not mean it is easier. It is probably the opposite actually. Instead of being a full hour class, they pack all of the hour class workout into a 45 minute condensed class. The class was hard. I know I say that after every class, so you probably don’t even believe me anymore, but it was.  I had to use super light weights to make it work for me and I did struggle to do all of the reps of some of the exercises. Pulsing is a thing that I dread having to do. I won’t lie, my legs hurt for 2 days. But, I did it. And hopefully when I stop deciding to take weeks off for no reason, my body will get a little more used to this exercise thing and everything won’t be such a struggle.

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