This review has been a long time coming. I took this fantastic class a few months ago but then life happened (more on that front on another post) and so I am finally getting around to writing this. First thing’s first, I LOVED Body Conceptions by Mahri! I first heard of Mahri Relin when Flybarre, Flywheel Sports‘ signature class was launched (check out my review of Flybarre here). I never got to try her class because she left soon to develop her new technique, Body Conceptions, which takes elements from her fitness background as an ex- Tracy Anderson trainer as well as a former creative director of Flybarre to create a unique fitness experience. The class is a fun fusion of dance cardio principles melded with moves you may be familiar with from a barre class. Let me explain.
The class takes place in a bright and airy dance studio located downtown at Dance New Amsterdam. Mahri, whom I met prior to class, is lovely. Incredibly nice and incredible stunning. She asked about any injuries and about my fitness background and showed me modifications for my (at the time) IT band injury. She brought some props along with her, which consisted of 2 lb weights and mats. Mahri pumped up her music and the class began. The class starts off with the cardio portion. There are jumping jacks, and side-to-side movements with twists. The class then proceeds with the addition of the light hand weights. Personally, I am not a fan of light weights and sighed when I saw that we were using 2 pounders. But my disappointment was premature because I soon realized that the weight was just adequate for what we would be doing next. We did something similar to the “dynamic arm” section that some of you barre aficionados may have experience at Flybarre, a fast-paced arm section with lots of punching and boxing motions complete with uppercuts and overcuts. I could feel my deltoids sculpting right there and then! We then added on lunges and squats while simultaneously doing triceps extensions. I love it when we are doing full-body work and compounding exercises are my favorite. My arms felt like they would drop off and I humbly accept that I would not have been able to use anything over 2 lbs!
The next section of the class was done on the floor where we did some targeted ab work as well as glute/thigh work. A lot of the moves were intricate and choreographed but Mahri explained everything clearly and was simultaneously demonstrating so the section was easy to follow. A picture speaks more than words so I’ll show you an example of what we did…
Looks like we were just moving the right leg up and down? Wrong. We were also moving the leg forward in backward in one plane, bringing it to our elbow as well as doing a type of curtsey and kick move. For a long time! “You probably hate me right now”, Mahri cheerfully said. Yup, that was about right. My backside was burning but it was a great burn. I have been doing barre classes for years and there were definitely some new moves I learned in this class.
The class ended with some free style dance moves, capping off a really fun hour of working out. I really recommend checking out this class. It’s fast-paced, high energy with great music and what is key to a great class, a fun and inspiring instructor!