Before today, I had done one CXWORX class before, several months ago - possibly even last year, I can't even remember! Although I wasn't overwhelmed with it first time round, I overheard one of my Body Pump instructors commenting on how toned one of her colleagues was after doing this CXWORX release, so I thought I'd give it a second chance and I'm glad I did!
From the very first track, my abs burned. I don't know if it was because it was a more intense core workout that I anticipated or because I haven't been working this area hard enough lately. Probably the latter, but either way, it was good to feel it working.
CXWORX is a 30-minute workout from Les Mills which focuses on strengthening and toning your core muscles. The workout consists of exercises that isolate, such as crunches, and those that integrate various muscle groups, such as standing balance and hovers/planks. The class comprises of a warm-up, 3 core strength tracks and 2 standing strength tracks using resistance tubing for some parts.
There are roughly 30 core muscles in your body - not just your abs! Core muscles include everything from your obliques to your hip flexors and the muscles in your back and they are incredibly important to train because a weak core can lead to aches, pains and injury. I for one am keen to step up my core workout!
I'm going to try and make CXWORX a more frequent part of my exercise regime. As it's only 30 minutes long, I probably wouldn't venture to the gym for that class alone but I will definitely be doing it in combination with others. This morning, I did CXWORX before my Body Balance class and it was great! It would have felt even better if I hadn't have overslept and missed doing a quick treadmill session beforehand... Missing the run I was looking forward to (who are you and what have you done with Natalie?!) put me in a less than favourable mood for the rest of the day so I definitely won't be letting that happen again!
If you're thinking of doing CXWORX alongside another workout, remember that it is great before cardio but only do it after classes such as Body Pump as it will fatigue the muscles that are essential for stability etc when lifting weights and this could lead to injury. Be safe beauties!