Last week I was feeling a little under the weather, so I decided to take it easy and headed to a Pilates class at lunch. Or so I thought. My gym changes their schedule quite often, and somehow the Pilates class had replaced with Les Mills BodyFlow. Les Mills is the company behind BodyPump, a class I absolutely love and the reason I think I’ve stayed injury free lately. I had tried BodyFlow once earlier this year and hadn’t loved it, but I also didn’t care for the instructor that time. So this time I thought “what the heck, I’m here, I’ll give it another chance”.
Body Flow is 55 minutes (including ~10 minutes of relaxation) and broken into segments:
- Tai Chi
- Sun Salutations
- Yoga Poses
- Stretch & Relaxation
My thoughts: Overall, BodyFlow isn’t quite yoga, isn’t quite Pilates, and doesn’t “feel” like a workout. I want to like it and I really loved the instructor for the class I took last week, however, I left for the second time feeling underwhelmed. I don’t care for Tai Chi, I guess it’s just not my style; there’s too much waving my arms and standing there. I love yoga, but there were only a few yoga poses, and it felt like we were moving along too quickly to get any real yoga in. This was followed by some intense stretching, which I felt deserved a better warm up. I don’t like stretching cold muscles, and prefer to be warm and sweaty before deep hip opening stretches. Lastly, the Pilates portion was over so quickly my abs wanted more. There is a nice 5-10 minute meditation at the end, that I almost took a nap during. I guess I can’t complain about that.
The website claims an average calorie burn of 390 in the 55 minutes – say wha?! I burn 400-500 during intense bike trainer sessions. There’s no way I burned nearly 400 during BodyFlow with light yoga and a 5 minute Savasana (Corpse Pose); I guarantee it.
So all in all, I really liked this instructor and wished she were doing other classes at our gym, but I couldn’t get over the feeling of jumping from one discipline to the next, and never working hard, yet never really relaxing. Next time I’ll use the time for a tough mat Pilates class or a sweaty Vinyasa Yoga class.