I took a Refine Method class yesterday, and I can say this is just the class I was looking for to add to my routine. It’s that great combination of HIIT and Circuit Training that really allows you to build strength and endurance. It really is that workout i’ve been looking for to add to my workout repertoire.
After a 10 minute warm-up, Refine has 35 minutes of power cardio segments spiking the heart rate to near 90% of its max, combined with strength segments both in a high intensity circuit training format. there are 2 or 3 segments of each consisting of 2-3 exercises each. Things like medicine ball throws, planks, burpees, lunges, etc. All of this is finished off with 5 minutes of ab specific work, then 10 minutes of stretching.
It really was a tough and super efficient workout. And it went by extremely fast. Not without leaving me drenched, guzzling water, and praying for air. It was amazing.
Now do i believe in her stance on bar workouts? Not at all. My opinion doesn’t come from being bias, but from me having seen people’s body change from bar, including myself. First, 80% of your body is how you eat. if you don’t have a proper diet then you can’t expect any workout to be the miracle answer. Also, there is a lot of strength and anaerobic activities in barre workouts that build muscle and what has given me and others an athletic form for the past year. But that’s because we’ve taken ourselves to that uncomfortable place. In any workout, you get out of it what you put in. And also, even moderate-intensity activity is proven to burn excess fat (even more than HIIT workouts during the activity), so it’s better than doing nothing. But HIIT workouts like Refine have the benefit of burning fat and carbs throughout the day by boosting your metabolism.
Anyway, Refine is a must for me now in my week. I just wish they re-opened a downtown location.