I was in a winter slump, feeling tired and lazy. Then Lauren called me from New York. “Bergen is training at the new exhale in Evanston this week! She’s the best! Go take a class with her!” I took a class with Bergen Wheeler exhale’s National Director of Core Fusion Talent + Development last year when she visited Exhale Chicago. I recalled how she inspired me, and everyone else in the class for that matter, to make it through her Core Fusion Extreme class. I knew I needed to go! I also wanted to check out the new Exhale Evanston.
The studio is steps from Northwestern University and located on the ground floor of the new luxury residential high-rise, E2. You can park right in the building and you don’t even have to go outside (if it is cold or raining) to get to the beautiful large new studio space. There’s a wellbeing boutique with cool fitness apparel and gifts, too. Bergen was there to greet us with her cheerful smile and was ready to instruct a 1 hour barre+cardio class.
The first half of the class consisted of a fast paced combination of power yoga moves, pilates, and kick-boxing moves using small weights with very short recovery times. It moves fast! Just when I though I could breathe, Bergen coached us though muscle-defining barre-based sequences of movements that targeted the thighs, butt and abs. I was huffing an puffing and felt my muscles burning, and so were the calories!
Even though the class gives you quite a workout, it’s fun and when you’re done you want to do it again! Well not immediately, but a few days later. Thank you Bergen for getting me me out of my winter slump. Lauren was quite jealous. She can’t wait until you come out to the new location on Norther Long Island. Wait. There isn’t one yet!
Visit Exhale Evanston or find an Exhale Spa near you and try one of their Core Fusion classes including Barre, Barre + Cardio, Yoga or Extreme, a high intensity interval training program. Bergen won’t always be there, but all of the Exhale instructors are excellent!
About Bergen Wheeler: National Director of Core Fusion Talent + Development
Bergen is known for changing bodies and motivating minds at exhale. Her love of fitness was born from a lifetime of dance and movement, and her high-energy, power-packed classes will take your body to the next level as she pushes you to the max in a fun and safe environment. She is the creator of exhale’s proprietary class, Core Fusion Extreme (CFX), a High Intensity Interval Training hour that will abolish fat, rev your metabolism, and build muscle for a sexy, lean body.
– Carol Calacci
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