The Sweat Test: Total Fusion Mt Gravatt
Pilates Sculpt with Katy Rushton
By Kelly Gibson
Are you ready to sweat? Like, really sweat? Then read on because this Sweat Test is our sweatiest yet!
Although not my first time to Total Fusion, this week I tried out Pilates Sculpt at Total Fusion Mt Gravatt with Programs Coordinator, Katy. Pilates Sculpt is a super fusion of movements including mat work drills, high intensity interval training and integration yoga - providing a total body conditioning workout and will leave you very very sweaty.
The first thing I notice when I enter Total Fusion is the slick design and attention to detail. I feel like I’m walking into some cool new gym in downtown LA where a celebrity encounter is imminent. There is a Lululemon store and chill out zone in the reception area, air diffusers and GHD hair dryers in the bathrooms and the live greenery is abundant, giving an overwhelming ‘wellness vibe’. Total Fusion is a brand new gym concept with locations in Chermside and Mt Gravatt, with one at Newstead coming soon. They promote ‘movement as a way of life’ and boast a huge range of classes from pilates, yoga, bootcamp, cycle, aerial yoga and more. Oh, did I mention all the studios in the gym are heat controlled? So today we completed Pilates Sculpt in 35 degree heat 😱
I took the 9:15am class and was surprised by the class numbers which sat around 20. Before the class, Katy circulated the room asking for newcomers and injuries. The room was already warm but was about to get a whole lot warmer.
We begin the class seated, with some gentle movement and stretching before moving into a basic yoga flow. From here it was a series of standing and mat exercises, both body weight and using light dumbbells, some booty exercises on the mat followed by a little hit of cardio to spike the heart rate. It was at this point I start pouring out sweat which continued long after the class ended. 💦💦💦💦
We continued to move from standing to mat exercises. Much of the workout had a core (of course) and booty focus, interspersed with yoga poses and flow. Katy had mentioned a Tabata round at the beginning of the class - I hoped she was joking. She wasn’t.
To wrap up the class, we did 10 rounds of tabata consisting of jump squats, air squats and high knees. I train HIIT style frequently and actually love tabata but doing it in 35 degree heat brings it to a whole new level… and let’s just say, I was glad when it was over and I felt the temperature in the room immediately drop. The blinds in the studio came down and the illuminated lights around the room turned blue giving a cooling and calming vibe. While our heart rates came down, Katy took us through a series of stretches which was the perfect way to wrap up the class.
The Verdict: 💦💦💦💦💦💦
Super super sweaty. I like to get sweaty (obviously) but it was almost a bit too much towards the end as puddles started to form on my mat. My hot tip (see what I did there?), hydrate yourself well before class.
Who should attend: Anyone who likes to keep their training fresh and seeks a range of classes (36 class types and 120 classes per week to be exact!). If you are already doing regular functional/ cardio/ HIIT group fitness style workouts but also love yoga and pilates- Total Fusion is the place for you. If you are like me and pay a gym membership (or two!) but also love yoga, your weekly training costs can really add up. Total Fusion offers it all in the one place at a competitive price point - this one is definitely one to check out!
One thing I’ve found frustrating at all the Total Fusion classes I’ve tried (I have also done Barefoot Bootcamp and Total Fusion Signature) is knowing which weights to select. The instructor will tell you what equipment you need (and they have a huge room full of the stuff!) however I never know what weight to select. Are we doing an overhead press? A row? A deadlift? My advice, select a few different weight options to get you through ;)
Also, although Total Fusion gyms are huge and the facilities are incredible, the vibe is still that of a commercial gym. I would liken it to waiting in a group fitness room at Goodlife, for a Les Mills class to begin. It definitely doesn’t have the community feel you would find in a boutique studio setting, but with 36 class types and 120 classes to choose from each week, who’s complaining?