I partook in a fitness class today for the first time in over 3 months. In July of this year, I took a hiatus from working out because of health concerns that led to muscle weakness, fatigue, and joint pains. Over the past few months, I have undergone treatment, which has enabled me to gain some strength back. I decided to start working out again by trying out different fitness studios in the city of Toronto. I love trying out different studios because it prevents me from getting bored and I just love discovering new places (I am a self-proclaimed neophiliac). With my Classpass membership, I am able to try these classes at a discounted price. So today, I figured, why not step back into the fitness game by visiting one of my favourite fitness studios: Ferris 360. I discovered Ferris 360 when I first joined Classpass. in 2015. I immediately fell in love with the variety of equipment (e.g. Woodway Treadmill, Concept 2 Rowers, Versiclimber, TRX, and Skierg), the intense workout routine and small class size. The gym offers classes from a combination of cardio and strength (the ‘Full 360’ classes) to strength-focused training (e.g. ‘Strengthonomics’ classes). Some classes target specific muscle groups (e.g. lower body, abs and core) whereas others target full body. In addition to the staple machines, other fitness equipment are used including hand weights, exercise balls, and gliders. Ever since I discovered this gym about 2 years ago, I have tried a couple of the classes including, Strengthonomics – Lower Body, Full 360 – Full Body, and Full 360 – Lower Body.
Video credit: Ferris 360
The class I tried today was the Full 360 – Lower Body class with Garfield Watson.
Full 360 Lower Body
The Full 360 Lower Body class at Ferris 360 is a 60 minute workout focusing on toning your lower body – quads, hamstrings, calves and gluteus maximus (the good old buttocks) using both cardio and strength training. Despite focusing on the lower body, you also get a full body workout with some core work and upper body exercises. Like most classes at Ferris 360, the class began with a warm up on the Woodway treadmill followed by some dynamic stretches. After the warm up, Garfield asked us to split into three groups to begin the cardio session. There were about 10 people in the class today (the small class size is another reason I love this gym) so that led to 3 groups of 3. Each group started with one of three stations: Versiclimber, Concept 2 Rowers, and Skierg. We spent 2 minutes at each station going as fast as we can to get our heart rates up. After I went through each station for 2 minutes each, I was done. Workout of the day completed. Except of course, the class was far from over. We were only 15 minutes in. I slowly crawled to my water bottle, took a sip of water and slowly muttered to myself: You can do this, Ida! (I know, I am that dramatic) . The next 45 minutes involved 2 main circuit, with each circuit repeated 2 times. Each circuit was followed by 90 seconds of running on the Woodway treadmill before starting the next circuit. One thing to remember about fitness classes is that it’s important to go at your on pace. It’s always tempting to rush through the exercises to keep up with the rest of the class because it kind of awkward when everyone has moved on and you are still not halfway through your exercise. This happened to me during this class, I overestimated my strength (hey, I’m an over-achiever ok!) and went for the 20lb dumbbell for my deadlift Go at your pace and if you find yourself falling too far behind, then you can the only one left of the class is focused on various lower body exercises with dumbbells. These exercises included: Circuit 1:
- 20 deadlifts on each leg
- 15 forward lunges on each leg (with leg against a raised platform) followed by 15 pulse lunges on each leg (you will totally feel the burn on these)
- 15 Raised leg squats with bicep curl
Repeat circuit 1 followed by 90 seconds of running on the Woodway Treadmill at 5.0 incline Circuit 2:
- Plank on a medicine ball
- Crunches on a medicine ball
- Jump squat with 2 pulse squats and step down (on raised steps)
Repeat circuit 2 followed by 90 seconds of running on the Woodway Treadmill at 5.0 incline.
Ferris 360: Studio Details
Location: 910 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario (corner of Yonge and Davisville; Right outside of Davisville station)
Pricing: $30/class (bundle deals available)
Available on Classpass? Yes
- change rooms with lockers
- towel service
- filtered water station to fill your own water bottle
- showers stocked with body wash and Fiorio shampoo & conditioner