Sweating It

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To all those brides-to-be out there who are killing themselves at the gym, trying to tone up before being seen in that white dress, I feel your pain. Literally.

The staff of Modern Bride recently had the opportunity to try out an exercise class at Exhale Spa on Central Park South in New York City. Called Core Fusion, the class is based on combinations of the Lotte Berk method, yoga, Pilates and orthopedic exercises. We were fortunate enough...

to be taught by Elisabeth Halfpapp, Core Fusion co-creator, who started off by introducing herself and other certified Core Fusion instructors who would act as her assistants during the class.

We nervously spread out around the room and Elisabeth started us with a series of arm workouts, where we used 2- and 3-lb. weights in a series of tricep and bicep curls. When our arms felt like noodles, they mercifully moved on to our legs. Moving around the perimeter of the room, we stretched on what looked like a ballet bar to warm our muscles. It wasn't until the move I like to call "Pretend to Sit in an Invisible Chair" that everyone's calves and hamstrings started shaking. Red-faced and sweaty, we moved to mats on the floor, where we stretched using bands of fabric and finally finished the class by alternately resting in Child's Pose and on our backs.

Back in the locker room, we weakly high-fived each other, proud we had all made it through a very tough hour of fitness. And to all you ladies out there who are going to spinning at lunch and taking the dog for a two-mile run after a long day at work, I salute you. To see videos of Core Fusion and try some of these moves at home, check out Exhale Spa's channel on YouTube. Let us know in the comment section which moves made you the most sore the next morning! —Abbe Wright, assistant to the editor-in-chief, Modern Bride

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