The styles of classes that Core Candy offers are all so different and we always get asked “Which one will I like best?”, “Which class is better for [x, y, z] issue?” “Is Accelerate too hard?”
Honestly we love them all and believe for best all over results, it's best to do at least one style of class each week (eg one Pilates, one Barre and one HIIT class). This is because the focus of each class is very different, and by doing all of the different styles you will continue to challenge your body – avoiding fitness plateaus.
Here is the low down on our three main styles of class (and their variations):
Barre (or Ballet Barre Workout)
A Barre workout is a fitness class inspired by ballet training. It’s super popular in the US and quickly gaining popularity in Australia. Why? Barre workouts focus on isolating and working particular muscles to effectively shape and tone your body. We also want you to get fitter doing it so we incorporate a little cardio in each Barre class to get a more rounded work out. We believe that cardio and strength training are key to a fitter, healthier body. But don’t worry, it’s not the intense, red-faced, sweat dripping cardio – you’re not in sneakers after all!
VARIATIONS: Power Pilates Barre is a less intense version of our Barre class (and includes more Pilates Mat core work). Barre Cardio is the most intense Barre class with more cardio incorporated.
Barre is best for those: who crave an effective full body workout but don’t like to sweat too much, who like to imagine they are a ballerina while working out, get bored easily as there is no set routine for each class, who want to improve strength, posture and flexibility.
HIIT (Accelerate and Boxing)
Our Accelerate class is a metabolic resistance training, circuit style class technique that mixes high intensity cardio with resistance training.
Accelerate is a more athletic and fat burning alternative to our other classes. Class programs vary daily – perfect for those who get easily bored with workouts!
Accelerate is the opposite of a barre class. Rather than concentrating on working individual muscles, classes focus on functional movement and work many muscles groups at the same time. Equipment used includes springs for resistance, kettlebells, bands, free weights, medicine balls, plyo boxes, slideboards and anything else we may throw in to challenge you!
You will sweat. You may be sore. You will increase your endurance, strength and flexibility and will have better all over functional movement.
VARIATIONS: Boxing HIIT. This class incorporates boxing drills and combos and as well as cardio, strength and core training intervals.
HIIT is best for those: who are time poor and need effective workouts with as little time spent doing it as possible, people who like to be challenged physically, people that get bored easily, people who like a good sweat.
Pilates is a full body, low impact workout – the aim is to strengthen your whole body, correct any asymmetries and weaknesses in your body (these lead to injury!) and bring the body back into balance. We’ll focus on strengthening your core (including abs and back), lengthening your spine, building lean muscle tone and improving your flexibility.
Pilates is sometimes compared with yoga but unlike yoga, you do not hold positions in Pilates. The movements are flowing and the exercises flow from one to another. It’s all about controlling your muscles, moving freely, gracefully and evenly.
Our Pilates Springboard classes incorporate Pilates mat-work and springs attached to the wall for resistance training. The different spring tensions are used to strengthen and tone your body and improve your core stability. The Pilates Springboard is perfect to use in a group class as the instructor can keep an eye on everyone’s technique much more easily than in a Reformer class, where everyone is spread out or hidden.
VARIATIONS: Power Pilates Springboard. Power Pilates Springboard incorporates some higher intensity exercises to get your blood pumping in a circuit style format.
Pilates is best for: everyone! We believe that everyone (men, women, athletes, non-athletes) should do a bit of Pilates. It helps with injury prevention and rehabilitation, strengthens and tones all muscles and is one of the safest forms of exercise.
But particularly best for those: with balance issues, those that want all over body strength, who are pre or post natal, who don’t like to sweat during a workout (hey – you may need to rush to work or to dinner straight after class), who hate cardio but want a good all over body workout, who want to strengthen their core, improve posture and flexibility.
What is your favourite class? We’d love to hear!