O.M.G. so earlier this week I completed both of the new Frame classes, one on Monday night and one at 6.45am Tuesday morning. Wow…. consider my ass well and truly kicked… so here’s the lowdown on the new classes in a nutshell..
This does what it says on the tin – it is a lot of cardio so be prepared to sweat and work hard. Even if there are quite a few people in the class you are separated into different stations so there isn’t really anywhere to hide! There are 3 stations – The treadmills, bikes and the floor. You complete a total of 4 rounds: 1 bike, 1 treadmill and 2 x floor, and on each you are given a specific goal or exercise. So you alternate between machine and floor to get a thorough and complete full body cardio workout. I sweated buckets and wanted to stop so many times but tried my best to power through – Frame trainers, as always, are amazing and super motivational which helps heaps- they use the music, their own energy and their lung power to keep you going! At the end you have a huge sense of relief… and satisfaction – the endorphin’s are certainly buzzing away and I can genuinely say I don’t think I have done a cardio workout that pushes me so hard. Because it is in sections and stations it makes it more manageable and you can keep saying to yourself, its just for one minute. Breather. Just another minute. Breather. And another…! I’m still trying to figure out which order is preferable for me, and I think I prefer the floor, treadmill, floor, bike combo ….personally!
This is a cross training class which will simply kick your butt. I don’t think I’ve seen a class before where almost everyone had full-on face contortions at various times! X-train is split up into 4 stations, free weights, TRX, plyometric boxes and weighted vest floor work. Yes, weighted vests! Don’t think for a moment either that there are only 4 sections to your workout, oh no, when you have completed each of the stations you finish up with a core oriented floor section! (No vests thank goodness!) On each station you complete 4 separate exercises so there is constant variation and you find yourself working yourself so hard, but as you move fairly rapidly around the room this keeps it fun, the energy up and momentum going. I especially enjoyed the incorporation of TRX …but I definitely find the plyometric box section the most challenging. I love that this is so focused on toning and getting some strength training incorporated into a class is fab (don’t be afraid to pick up some heavier weights!)
SO WHAT DID I THINK?!
I’m totally sold on both and intend to go to both regularly – I also think that they compliment each other really well as they target completely different factions of fitness. If you love the feeling of working out hard, pushing yourself and not afraid to break a sweat you have to try these classes!