Exhale Spa Is Getting into the High Intensity Game

Core Fusion Extreme launches in November.


If you’re over doing burpees on asphalt and badge-of-honor calluses on your hands just isn’t your style, Exhale Spa may have the answer to your extreme fitness woes. Long known for its vast repertoire of sweat-inducing Core Fusion classes (including Barre, Cardio, Sport, Yoga, Boot Camp, and more), the upscale spa is launching a new class in November called Core Fusion Extreme (CFX).

CFX will definitely be different than the company’s usual suspects, which, if you’ve ever taken any of the Core Fusion classes you know is already pretty “extreme.” Many of the classes, even sport and cardio, still incorporate the lengthening and strengthening techniques that the original Core Fusion is based on, which uses weights, balls, bands, and your own body weight as resistance, but also incorporates the mind-body connection.

Unlike other classes, CFX is the only class in Exhale’s wheelhouse that requires (more like, allows) sneakers. That’s because it’s a high intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) class that takes you to various “power stations” that consists of H.I.I.T. work, followed by quick active recovery moments and then on to the next station. The 60-minute class uses gliders, hand weights, a plyo box, suspension training, “cardio explosions,” and core work. The class ends with restorative stretches.

Bonus: Exhale Back Bay will offer free CFX classes November 20 to 26, the perfect way to prep for the inevitable Thanksgiving gorge. File this freebie under must-do.

Want a taste of what the new class will be like? Here’s what to expect:

28 Arlington Street; 617-532-7000; exhalespa.com