The highlight of last week was my visit to Kor180 here in Austin and to meet owner Maja Kermath. I learned about the new Kor180 studio via Melanie of FitSteady. I want to start to do group exercise classes and figured that maybe this new style of pilates might be good for me to meet people and to work those parts of my body that a traditional workout doesn’t reach.
My worry going in was that I would be too large to be able to do the exercises. I had an email conversation with Maja and she offered to give me a private lesson so I could feel out the machine and see if I like how it makes me feel. The short answer is that I loved the workout and I very much enjoyed the conversation with Maja as our backgrounds are similar. She is an excellent instructor!
Kor180 is in downtown Austin, just a few doors from popular raw foods cafe Beets Cafe. The studio is beautiful, modern and has a W Hotel vibe. Check out some of my photos of the studio below including the all important toilet photo. They use all organic products in the bathrooms and showers and both were VERY clean!
The machine on the right is called a “reformer” and the bottom of the photo is the front of the machine. The machine allows you to do lots of different movements and let’s just say that my body moved in ways it has never before. But every move felt amazing – I felt the 6 pack in action! Maja explained that a lot of the moves are about working your core (that’s basically your abs around to your butt). It’s crucial that I tone up the six pack for the GQ Magazine photo shoot later this year.
The fact that I could stick my leg up in the air, grab a handle from behind me, stick the handle on my foot and then move about like I was a ballerina was pretty amazing (no there is no video!). The entire session I had a smile on my face knowing how far I have come as it wasn’t that long ago I couldn’t even barely walk.
Maja explained that they have a variety of classes – from the most basic reformer 101 class through advanced classes. Maja showed me some of the advanced moves – let’s just say you need lots of flexibility to do those moves.
Kor180 also has a cycling room so the idea is that the cycling is your cardio workout and the reformer is your strength and toning workout. I didn’t try the cycling as I know how to ride a bike
Since Kor180 just opened last month, they are running a variety of deals to help you get in and get started working on your healthy transformation.
I totally think you should go talk to Maja and learn about how her classes on both the reformer and the bikes can help you get in shape or stay in shape.
Machine setup – that’s Maja at the back!
Cycling room – it’s like being at the bar at the W Hotel!
The Kor180 Wall of Principles
The lockers – I am hoping I am near Kelly Kapowski!
Kor180 Supplies – juices, water, Yes to Carrots skincare and the sticky socks you need for the reformer machine
The loo – clean and lots of organic stuff to get you squeaky clean after sweating!