When I heard about Solidcore, I knew I had to try this so-called “pilates on crack” workout.
And Wow! Solidcore really does take pilates to the next level! It wasn’t long into the workout that my muscles started shaking and my body started sweating.
[solidcore] is so popular, there are already 50 locations across the country including four in Chicago! (Heads up - see the end of this post to snag a FREE class with me at the new West Loop location!)
If you’re wondering what all the hype is about, hopefully, this post will answer your questions. Also, be sure to check out the video below of the River North location to see [solidcore] instructor, Allison Ramos make my muscle shake in about two seconds flat!
What you Should Know about Solidcore
Solidcore is a 50-minute, high-intensity, low-impact fitness class. The workout takes place on a piece of equipment that is similar to a reformer and uses resistance to work your body to muscle failure. I am telling you, you’ll hit muscles you never knew you had!
[solidcore] Equipment: Sweatlana
If you’ve taken a Pilates workout on a reformer or have tried Studio Lagree, you’ll feel right at home. The equipment at Solidcore is named “Sweatlana.” Its springs create resistance so the exercises are more challenging. You can change the springs to adjust the amount of resistance. This makes the class great for all fitness levels and helps ensure you never plateau.
There are also bars, straps, and cables attached to Sweatlana, which you’ll use throughout the class to hit different muscle groups. Check out the video above to see how it works.
Solidcore is based on lunges, squats and planks. The moves are slow and controlled, and the use of Sweatlana elevates each exercise. Allison says, the slower the better! My muscles were on fire -- and I mean that in the best way! As soon as you burn out one muscle group, the instructor tells you to quickly transition to the next one. For example, you might be doing side planks on the platform, and then move to the bars for tricep dips. Just about all the moves activate your core in some way.
The room is dimly lit with blue accent lights, and the music plays loud. It pumps you up! In the River North location, there were about 15 spots in the class, and the trainer walks around. I love that because you get some personal attention, and it’s super motivating! The class is fun, fast-paced, and ends with a high-five! 🙂
How difficult is [solidcore]?
I am not going to lie to you, it’s a tough class! If you’re doing it right, you will sweat and your muscles will shake. That being said, the class is customizable for all levels. You can lighten the resistance or take a break if you need one.
If you’re nervous, just let the instructor know it’s your first time before the class starts. I’ve met a lot of the Solidcore instructors in Chicago, and they are super friendly! They will make sure you do the exercises properly and can show you modifications.
What to Bring
Most people do the class barefoot, but you can also wear sticky socks. I’d suggest yoga pants as opposed to shorts, and don’t forget your water bottle. Heads up there are no showers (at least not in the River North location). However, they do provide small towels, hair ties, and earplugs.
Solidcore Chicago Locations
There are currently two locations in Chicago and a Wicker Park location is expected to open Spring 2019. Check out their website for 50+ Solidcore studios across the country.
- River North: 463 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
- Boystown: 3312 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657
- West Loop: 7 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661
- Wicker Park: 1642 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
How to Book
You can buy credit for a single class or a package on Solidcore’s website or at their studio. Then you can book your classes online or through the [solidcore] app. There’s usually a new member deal too.
FREE Class at Solidcore West Loop Location!
Solidcore’s new Chicago location in West Loop is now open! You can try the class for free with me on August 14th at 7:45 p.m.
**Email me at Lizzy@Lizzyfay.com to reserve your spot! SPACE IS LIMITED. Write "Solidcore Free class" in the subject line, and I will email you back letting you know if you got one of the free spots! First come first served!**
Ready to try Solidcore?
If you’re up for the challenge, I highly recommend you give Solidcore a shot! Be sure to connect with me on Instagram @heylizzyfay and let me know how you like it!
By the way, here’s my favorite running route in Chicago!
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Thanks to the [solidcore] trainers who worked out with me in this video including Leigh Cohen, Allie Leitch, Melissa Lukasiewicz, Tatom Spang, Whitney Sommerfeldt, Erin Deboer, Augusta Eliaser, Emily Spense, Leo Hunt, and Allison Ramos.
Video shot by Jacob Ferguson and edited by Lizzy Fay.