TGI almost F! Thank goodness it is almost Friday! I’m so excited for this weekend. I’ll be heading up to Boston to visit some of my lovely high school friends for lunch on Saturday. A little bit of food and lots of catching up! Now we just need the weather to cooperate!
Even if the weather is not nice enough to venture outdoors, my workouts will not be suffering because I’ve got my second installment of the Best Online Workouts for you. In Part 1, I told you all about YogaToday’s awesome online yoga classes. For Part 2, I’ve got something brand new and very exciting! Fusion Fitness, a Kansas City based studio, has absolutely awesome online classes. These classes are seriously some of the best online (and offline!) classes I’ve ever done. I’m obsessed!
Fusion Fitness designs its workouts to combine various popular strength and cardiovascular conditioning techniques. They have 5 classes available online: Fusion, Bikini Bootcamp, Barre Intensity, Fusion Mix and Tabata & Toning. All five are super challenging and really fun. Here’s the breakdown:
Fusion– This fun 45 minute barefoot class mixes yoga, pilates, calisthenics and barre. It literally had me sweating almost immediately! You need a mat and light weights (they recommend 2 lbs but I only had 3lbs and I have to say the 3lbs are really heavy!). Expect to do things like mountain climbers, plank jacks, lunge jumps, and lunging repeaters to get your heart rate up. You’ll also do some pilates-based abdominal exercises and squats to work the thighs. The moves all have a balletic type feel, even the more cardio-based moves. The class is non-stop, meaning you don’t have time to realize how tired you are! Expect to use the weights most of the time and work the muscles to fatigue! I burned just over 400 calories in this class.
Bikini Bootcamp– This hour long class is based on traditional kickboxing moves but Fusion adds in some interesting combinations. They recommend advanced participants use light weights but since I only have 3lbs, I used my weighted gloves from Turbo Jam. If you are a beginner or just don’t want to add resistance, you can forgo the weights. The first 40 minutes of this workout is non-stop cardio with kicking, punching, plyometrics and more. The last 20 minutes is toning focusing on legs, bottom and abs. I burned just under 600 calories in this class. It’s definitely a great calories burner and will totally get you bikini ready!
Barre Intensity– This barefoot barre class is a combination of traditional balletic moves combined with athletism. For this class you’ll need your light weights, a chair to simulate a ballet barre, a resistance band and a playground ball. Like the other classes, this 50 minute class is absolute non-stop and you WILL be sweating. Expect to burn calories and strengthen and tone. I like that this is a barre class, but it’s different from other barre classes based on the Lotte Berk method. You can tell the teachers are former dancers. I burned about 466 calories in this class.
Fusion Mix– This 60 minute barefoot class really focuses on strength more than cardio, although you will get a cardio benefit and burn lots of calories! I burned about 489 calories in this class! You need a large balance ball and weights for this class. Expect to perform moves like ball squeezes, crunches, planks, pushups, and various arm toning moves with weights.
Tabata & Toning– This 45 minute class is based on tabata principes, a form of high intensity interval training. In a tabata workout, you perform 20 seconds of very high intensity exercises followed by 10 seconds of rest. This is repeated for 7-8 sets. In this workout, the 20 second cardio tabata intervals are interspersed with strength and toning moves to keep your heart rate steady. The tabata sections are very difficult (think jumping lunges with weights). For this class you need light weights, a mat and a resistance band. I was literally dripping sweat in this class and burned about 416 calories. I recommend taking a rest day right before trying this class as it can be quite tiring and I was a little fatigued when I first did this class so I wasn’t able to exert as much energy as I would have liked. This is a really great way to burn a lot of calories in a short period of time while also toning up!
I think my favorites out of all the classes are Fusion and Barre Intensity but they are all seriously great and if you do each once a week, you have a great workout schedule full of variety!
Each class costs $10 for a 24 hour rental OR you can spend $49 and get unlimited access to all five classes for one month. I did the unlimited access and plan on doing each class at least twice.* I’m so stoked I found this site, the classes are really great and I would totally purchase another unlimited pass at some point!
* NOTE- The monthly subscription is ongoing so you must remember to cancel it if you don’t want your credit card to be charged for a second month.