Hardcore Overload. Just hearing the name of the class itself sent shivers down my spine! This 45-minute session at Fitness First is a circuit-based high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that is guaranteed to make you sweat. It combines barbell work with body weight and plyometric movements to get you to improve your stamina, increase your muscle tone and burn that fat.
I am not a stranger to the gym; in fact I am quite the fitness enthusiast but I have to admit I was a little apprehensive about this class as I didn’t quite know what to expect!
I arrived 5 minutes before the class started and the trainer, Eric, was already getting the music going to set the energy levels. I looked at the other lady in the class and felt a little surge of adrenaline for what we were about to experience. Eric explained that each movement in the session was to be done for 45 seconds, and that there were 3 blocks altogether. Each block was a specific set of exercises targetting a specific muscle group. Each would be done twice, with 1 minute of rest in between. And with that, we got started!
The warm-up began with aerobic movements such as squats and high knees. After that, we moved on to Block One, which consisted of 4 movements: side barbell squats, push ups with jumping jacks, bent-over barbell rows and low squats. The low squats made my quads burn while Eric reminded us that we were in the process of getting stronger, physically and mentally as we pushed through. That gave me the encouragement and drive that I needed to complete the exercises.
After two rounds of that plus a minute’s rest, we proceeded with two rounds of Block 2. This set had barbell lunges, skater lunges, clean & press, and mountain climbers. I could hear my breath going in and out, as Eric encouraged us by performing the movements together with us. He also helped cue us on technique to minimise injury. A minute’s rest later, Block 3 commenced with just two movements: a burpee-deadlift complex and lateral hops. Out of all the blocks, I admit that this was the toughest because of the hops. Nevertheless, it was a rewarding challenge as we persevered and completed it. The session finished off with ab work and some stretching.
This class is definitely not one of the easiest around but it is extremely satisfying to complete. If you don’t have a lot of time to spare and want to maximise the results from your workout, then this is 45 minutes well spent. This HIIT-style class gives you all the benefits of a longer workout in a shorter duration – less time spent and full benefits, what could be better than that? These classes also incorporate weight-lifting exercises with movements that make use of your own body weight. If you’re looking for a complete workout then this is something that you should definitely try out.
Overall, I felt a sense of accomplishment after the Hardcore Overload session; even better when Eric told us we had burnt just about 400-500 kcals before noon! If you want something shorter that does not use barbells, he recommends Hardcore. Whichever version you choose, I am sure that you will have a rewarding workout experience!