My First Time at Exhale Spa: Core Fusion, Pampering & Ultimate Bliss

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Core Fusion DVDs. Once I became hooked on Core Fusion Body Sculpt (and made my obsession loud and clear), creator and mastermind behind Core Fusion Fred DeVito was nice enough to send me both Thighs & Glutes and Bootcamp as well. Just as expected, I fell in love with each and every workout I tried. I loved the variety, the intense toning benefits, and all the other physical changes I could see in my body.

So when Exhale Spa in Boston’s Back Bay invited me to take a live Core Fusion class, I jumped at the offer. A real, live Core Fusion class, for me? How could I possibly decline?

The minute I walked into Exhale, I felt like I was in another world…on some kind of serene spa getaway. “Wow, now I can see why people rave about this place,” I thought to myself. As I waited for the Director of Guest Experience to give me a personal tour, I was immediately offered a cup of hot tea and water to sip on. If that’s not customer service at its best, I don’t know what is.

As I toured the building, I “oohed” and “ahhed” my way through each step I took. Everything was just so…beautiful and I was loving every minute of it. The staff members were friendly, the studio space was bright and clean, and even the bathrooms were impressive. They were fully equipped with lockers, a Eucalyptus steam room, robes and slippers for guest comfort, showers, changing rooms, and pretty much any beauty essential you could think of. Yes, they even had shower caps, spray-on deodorant, RAZORS, and delectable lotions all for me (and you).

Then came the workout: a real live Core Fusion class. Let me tell you, it was not for the faint of heart. It was tough, and  it was challenging, and my thighs were shaking 90% of the time, but I loved every minute of it because I pushed myself. At first I was intimidated by all the other perfectly-sculpted women in the room, but the instructor, Denise, made the class comfortable and fun. She energetically led the group through a series of arm, thigh, gluteus and abs workouts, all while correcting our form and pushing us to hold the poses a little longer, try a little harder. And that I did.

I must say, a live Core Fusion class was much more challenging than the DVDs, mostly because you get the benefits of having an instructor face-to-face to push you and correct your form. I was proud of myself for completing a full hour-long Core Fusion session, even though at times I wanted to give up. There’s no doubt about it that you get a full body workout, and that to me is worth the money.

After my sweat session, I robed up like a queen and hit the Eucalyptus steam room, followed by a nice, long shower. I then used every single beauty product I could get my hands on, and finished my spa experience with a cup of hot tea. I was in heaven.

I highly recommend taking a class at Exhale Spa to anyone who wants to challenge themselves, all while reaping the benefits of a blissful spa experience. I most definitely will be back, but in the meantime will continue to practice the Core Fusion DVDs at home. But I must admit: If it were up to me, I think I’d live at Exhale Spa. Any place that provides a full-body workout followed by pampering at the spa is golden to me.

Interested in trying Core Fusion yourself? Snag the Exhale: Core Fusion Collection for only $20.49 on Amazon. This includes the Body Sculpt (my favorite), Thighs & Glutes and Pilates Plus workouts.

Have you ever taken a class at Exhale Spa? What was your experience like? Have you tried any of the Core Fusion DVDs yet?


13 Responses to “My First Time at Exhale Spa: Core Fusion, Pampering & Ultimate Bliss”

  1. Jess Says:

    You captured the Core Fusion experience perfectly! I’ve taken Denise’s class at Exhale Back Bay and think she’s GREAT. Has this quiet calm way of pushing you just that much harder, you know? SO glad you finally got a chance to try a live class!! So fun. Next time Fred DeVito comes to Boston, we should take his class together – it is UNREAL. He is amazing.

  2. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    Thanks Jess! Yes, I am dying to take one of Fred’s classes… I’m sure he’s amazing. We can do it together to push one another along : )

  3. Joy (A Little Bit Fit) Says:

    I am so jealous – I have always wanted to go to Exhale! I might have to check out that DVD until I can actually go there myself!

  4. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @Joy I highly recommend starting with the DVDs. My favorite is Body Sculpt since it’s kind of an all-in-one and SUCH a great workout. Plus, the DVDs are a little bit more affordable (hehe) but definitely nothing like the real live experience!

  5. Naomi(onefitfoodie) Says:

    Oh i have always wanted to go there! even the outside and entrance looks relaxing lol

  6. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @Naomi You MUST go there at some point! And yes, the entire spa was beautiful. I wanted to take pics of the inside too, but didn’t know if it’d be appropriate haha

  7. Sam @ Mom At The Barre Says:

    I have taken Core Fusion in New York. Fred taught my CF class and it was a really great class. He’s amazing. Worth taking a class with him the next time he is in Boston. My favorite of the CF classes was definitely Core Fusion Cardio though. Have you tried that?

  8. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @Sam I would love to take a class with Fred, I’m sure it was amazing! Next time he is in Boston, I will definitely sign myself up. I haven’t tried the Core Fusion Cardio or Bootcamp yet, but I’m sure they’re both killer workouts.

  9. MelissaNibbles Says:

    Core Fusion Bootcamp and Cardio are on dvd if you can’t make it to a class. I love them both!

  10. Rachel @Healthy_Chicks Says:

    @MelissaNibbles I have the Bootcamp one on DVD (love it even though it kicks my ass!) but have yet to try the Cardio. I think I may just have to, thanks!

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