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That’s how I felt taking the “CxWorks” class at my gym. I’d never heard of the class before but I wanted to take a class for one of my workout days this week and decided to give it a try.

“CXWORX™ is a 30-minute revolution in core training, transforming the muscles that power your body every day. Our tried-and-true formula of great choreography and chart-topping music, presented by inspirational instructors and backed by cutting-edge scientific research, will help you run faster… play harder… stand stronger.”

Core strength is definitely something I try and work on when I’m at the gym. I’ve made progress but I have a long way to go. At first I thought, it’s only 30 minutes? That seems like a waste. But boy, once you’re in the class doing constant ab work for 30 minutes it feels like an eternity!


Sorry the picture is so blurry, I was trying to be stealthy. I got there a little early but the class was filling up fast. I set up my little spot and then spent about 15 minutes warming up and doing some of my PT exercises.

I had no idea what I was doing so I just copied everyone else around me. My tip for taking new classes: if you can’t have a quick one-on-one with the instructor, find that person in the class that seems to know all the moves before the teacher even tells the class. Work out next to them and do what they do! That’s what I did and it was really helpful. Otherwise I would have been pretty lost.

For the class you needed a weight plate (I grabbed a 5 and a 10 pound because I didn’t know what it was for yet), a mat, and stretchy tube (looks like a jump rope).

The exercises probably had names for them but I didn’t know. We did a lot of planks and what I know as the “spiderman.” There was a lot of variations of crunches and side crunches. The stretchy tube was for standing work when we did side-step type exercises for our glutes. Then there were sitting exercises with the tubes. I wish I could describe them more accurately but being a newbie I was just trying to catch up to the class!

My abs were on FIRE. It’s been a long time since I was doing an exercise and felt my muscles burning so much I thought I’d pass out. This class did that. There were a few times I couldn’t do all of the moves the instructor said and had to take a breathe for a moment or two. You definitely feel the burn when you’re in a class being pushed and not on your own where you can stop anytime you want!


The class was fast-paced and he tried to fit in a ton of stuff into 30 minutes. I’m glad I went and tried it. I’ll probably go again to try and get the hang of the exercises but I doubt this will become something I do every single week. The more likely scenario is that I steal the moves for my own workouts.


I was surprised at how many calories I burned in such a short class! It was worth it. I left the gym feeling accomplished. When I got home Michael was grilling up burgers! Thank goodness. I was famished.


Michael’s burger was on a gluten-free bun and I went without a bun. I just don’t feel like I need it anymore. His burger had some of the cave-aged blue cheese I got for my book club and I had some of the English Cheddar with caramelized onions on my burger. SO GOOD. On the side: pickles, green olives, a green salad topped with leftover fajita mix (peppers and onions) and a beer:


It was such a nice, sunny day that we ate dinner on the porch outside listening to the neighboring baseball game. It was a nice evening. The next day I was slightly sore but not much. I was expecting to be crippled and for my abs to hurt with every move I made. Maybe they aren’t as badly out of shape as I thought they were?

QUESTION: Have you tried this class or something similar? What did you think?

Kill My Abs

I’ve mentioned the Nike Training Club App a few times now. Last night I did a workout program on it as part of my Home Routine.

I got my supplies ready and everything set up, put in the movie “It’s Complicated” to watch while I worked out (so funny) and got to it. First I warmed up with some bicep curls and triceps.

The program I selected was “Ab Burner.” A 15 minute guided program that targets the abs. Holy moly!

The first exercise was a minute of Toe Touches. A full minute? Holy crap! I was sweating immediately.

Next was a minute of the Russian Twist. This is something I normally do during a workout but for a full minute? I had to rest a bit.

Then I did Planks. I could hold the Plank for about 20 seconds, then I had to rest a bit and then try again. So I didn’t do the full 1 minute of planks. The next move was the side plank which I am not strong enough to do at all.

During that minute I got up and did Plie Squats with my 8 pound medicine ball instead.

The new move is Crazy Ivans. I’d never heard of it before. I watched the demo video on the App a few times to see how to do it.

Recovery time. Rinse and repeat routine 4 times. I did it 3 times and then cut the program 5 minutes short because I wanted to hop on the bike. I did 25 minutes of warming up and doing the ab workout:

I got on the bike and did another 45 minute workout. I wore my compression tights over my bike shorts since it helped a lot last time.

Workout Stats:

Time: 1:11

Calories Burned: 541

I was feeling great after my workout and I was glad I was at home and not fighting crowds at the gym. I cleaned up and then fixed dinner.

I wanted to fix something fast and easy with ingredients I had on hand. The last thing I wanted to do was go to the grocery store after working out. Vegetarian enchiladas it is!

I used leftover rice. Inside the tortilla was rice, chopped jalapenos, black olives, black beans, a little cheese, enchilada sauce and green onions.

I topped the enchiladas with more sauce, cheese, green onions and olives.

Then I baked the enchiladas for 25 minutes in the oven.  Even just throwing them together with leftover ingredients the they were really good.

While we ate dinner with watched Top Chef–the Dim Sum episode. It’s been ages since I had dim sum! Now I’m craving it.

I ate 1 and 1/2 enchiladas, the perfect amount. Don’t you want enchiladas now?

I had a great workout and I’m happy that I was able to do it in the comforts of my living room. It was nice being able to watch a movie. I did get frustrated with the amount of time it took to set everything up, plus I had to stop a bunch of times to “fix” things. I also think I am easily distracted at home.  The home workout is a good thing for me right now but I guess I’m just a gym rat at heart and prefer to go TO the gym.

QUESTION: What is your home workout routine? Do you find it hard to stay motivated working out at home?