A low impact but high intensity workout using the pilates reformer. What to expect at your first Solidcore class and a full Solidcore workout class review.

It’s Wednesday and I am still feeling sore from trying my first [Solidcoreclass at the Mt. Vernon Triangle location in DC on Monday, did you follow along on Instagram?  Being a cardio and strength training girl, it’s hard for me to slow down and focus on small movements, holds, and pulses, but I know part of any good fitness plan is challenge and variety.  A [Solidcore] workout was just that for me, 50 minutes of high intensity, low-impact slow movements, that lengthen and tone your entire body.  Here is what to expect at a Pilates Reformer Class; a Solidcore Class Review.

Solidcore Workout Class Review

Solidcore Workout Class Review

[Solidcore] Class Details

The 50 minute class is a full-body training session.  You use a resistance based machine, weights, and bands, to perform a variety of exercises such as planks, lunges, and squats in special grip socks or bare feet.  The idea is to make slow and controlled movements and work your muscles to the point of failure to create muscle tone and definition.

A coach guides you through the entire workout.  Unlike most fitness classes they will not be using the equipment, but rather circulating the room ‘coaching’ you through each movement.  This can be difficult,  since you’re just listening to cues, but it’s helpful to look in the mirrors and watch the people around you.  The coach will also come around to correct form or give you reassurance you’re doing a movement correctly.  Throughout the entire workout the coach counts down moves and acts as a motivator to finish each exercise.  It was mentally helpful to know there were only 4 seconds left of an exercise to push myself through.

Solidcore Workout

About the Machine

[Solidcore] uses their very own machine called ‘Sweatlana’.  The machine has eight easy to change colored springs for tension.  Leather straps that are sweat and smell proof are used to hold your feet throughout the workout.  And the machine has a power coated aluminum based body.  It has a technical ‘front’ and ‘back’, which the coach will refer to throughout the workout.  I personally think they only look long and intimidating because they are designed for the length of your body.  With the straps and handle bars I always felt secure moving the platform and getting on and off.

Pilates Reformer Class

What’s a [Solidcore] Class Like?

As soon as I arrived the instructor Craig was very welcoming.  He showed me where to place my belongings, get a towel, and set me up on a machine near experienced [Solidcore] members.  Before class began he taught me a little about the machine, explained the tension springs and colors, discussed safety information, and demonstrated a few of the common moves we would be doing in the workout.

Solidcore Studio DC

The class began with an AB series of planks, pikes, holds, pulses, by the end my ABS were absolutely on fire and I found myself even needing to modify a few of the moves.  Thankfully abs were over at the beginning of the workout, we then quickly moved into a leg series including many different lunge variations.  My legs have never shaked so much during a workout.  After working our left leg we went into an oblique series, before returning to do each movement on the right leg.  Then we went into a quick arm series with push-ups and bicep curls.  Each individual machine had a motivational quote on the floor by it I kept staring at throughout the workout.

What to expect at your first Solidcore Class

Craig explained a few of the modifications before class and reminded us we could modify when needed.  For almost ever move there was a variation to make it more difficult, adding weights or easier such as going down to your knees.  While it is considered a high intensity class, because of the low impact I usually find that I don’t sweat as much, even though I definitely worked some of my muscles to the point of failure.  But still a towel and water were necessary!

Even though I had to modify and take occasional breaks during a series, the 50 minute class went by extremely fast.  I was surprised by how quickly we went into each movement and that there were no designated water breaks.  You sipped and toweled off when necessary.

Solidcore Workout Class Review

Other [Solidcore] Class Details

Pricing:  I paid $10 for a single first time class.  They offer unlimited class options or you can choose a package ranging from $25-$35 per class.

Class Size:  Depends on the studio, but typically no more than 12 people which is great for personalized attention.

What to Bring:  If you don’t want to workout in bare feet, bring socks with the grips and a water bottle, that’s it!

Other Classes Offered:  I took a traditional [Solidcore] Class, but they also offer [Solidcore] 101 for any type of participant where you gain a deeper understanding of the machine, proper form, and exercises.  They also offer an Arms & Abs class where you just target your upper body.

Class Frequency:  It’s recommended you take two days off between each [Solidcore] class since the point of the class is to work your muscles to failure.  Which means they need time to recover.  I would suggest doing a [Solidcore] class up to three times a week.

Locations:  They have locations in DC, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota.

Would I return?  YES!  I love that the [Solidcore] workout is different from my normal routines and something I cannot do on my own at home.  I have several other classes I want to try around the DC area and wish [Solidcore] was on Classpass to make it easier to attend.

Solidcore Mt. Vernon Studio

Of course after a good workout there was yummy food.  My sister attended class with me so after we stopped at A Baked Joint for coffees before doing some shopping.

Soon we were both starving and decided to go to Sweetgreen for lunch where we both ordered the Mushroom Pesto Salad.  It was delicious and I ate every last bite.

Post workout meal Pilates reformer workout

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21 Comments on What to Expect at a Pilates Reformer Class; Solidcore Workout Class Review

  1. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
    January 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm (6 years ago)

    We had a studio open up by us last year and I tried it a few times. Wow it was much more challenging that I expected!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm (6 years ago)

      It was definitely much harder than I expected. And I am still so sore! So crazy how little movements get you like that.

  2. Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    January 18, 2017 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a huge fan of total body workouts! I’ve actually never heard of this one–it looks great! I’ll add it to my post-pregnancy list! haha!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes congrats on your pregnancy. You’ll def have to give a try sometime.

  3. Kimberly G
    January 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm (6 years ago)

    This sounds like an awesome workout! I love that there are so many different fitness stuidos popping up around the country – I love the variety of all the workouts

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:05 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes! I feel the same way Kimberly. Growing up there were just gyms, but now there are so many studios where you can take a single class!

  4. Marielle
    January 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm (6 years ago)

    I have never heard of this, it sounds fun! I love trying new classes- there are so many out there! This weekend I’m trying out a Bodybar and Cyclebar class…should be interesting!!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Oh Bodybag and Cyclerbar sound awesome! I’m assuming you’re using a weighted bar? I would love the mix of cardio and strength training.

  5. Annmarie
    January 18, 2017 at 2:41 pm (6 years ago)

    I’ve heard a lot of great things about Solidcore but I’ve never had the opportunity to try out a class!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm (6 years ago)

      If you get the chance Annmarie you should! It’s a great unique workout.

  6. Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    January 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm (6 years ago)

    Sounds like a cool class! I’ve never tried those machines.

    • sweetandstrong
      January 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm (6 years ago)

      I’ve done two really awesome classes on them, so I highly suggest giving it a try if you get the chance!

  7. Jessica @ I Am Teacher Fit
    January 18, 2017 at 11:20 pm (6 years ago)

    This looks like a great class! I’ve never been to a group class like this. There aren’t any like this near me!

  8. Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    January 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm (6 years ago)

    What a fun class! I am more than a little jealous of all the classes in your area! I’ll have to try it when I visit DC!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

      It is nice having so many options, I do have to drive about 45 minutes though and wish they were a bit closer so I could attend more classes during the week. But YES let me know if you every visit, so many class options =)

  9. Michelle @ Fruition Fitness
    January 19, 2017 at 10:55 pm (6 years ago)

    Sounds awesome and so challenging! Thanks for sharing the experience!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 20, 2017 at 1:46 pm (6 years ago)

      Of course Michelle, you should definitely try a class if they are in your area.

  10. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table
    January 23, 2017 at 7:05 am (6 years ago)

    This sounds like a really good one! I feel like the east coast has all the best stuff. I still miss Fly Wheel!

    • sweetandstrong
      January 24, 2017 at 1:21 am (6 years ago)

      Yes DC has a TON of classes! Let me know if you ever visit 😉

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    • sweetandstrong
      May 17, 2019 at 12:28 pm (4 years ago)

      Glad you enjoy the content 🙂