I arrived at Circuit Works Brentwood 10 minutes to early familiarize myself with the studio space. I was very skeptical about the small size of the fitness room (maybe 900 sq ft), especially since there would be 16 of us taking the class.
Raphael Verela, founder and owner of Circuit Works was going to be teaching the class. He had a calm presence as he entered the room and introduced himself to all of the newbies. As he was multi-tasking (queuing music play-list, adjusting headset for communication the work-outs and leading a stretch), I was intrigued by very little eye contact between the participants. You might call it game face but this was just a 60 min work-out… Not a marathon, endurance race or game where score was being kept. Very interesting energy.
The class I took had 12 different stations for a full body work-out intermixed with ever going treadmills and spin bikes. The class members and I were given a “1” or “2” and told to report to either an exercise station or spin bike or treadmill
All around the top of the studio were numbered monitors with a streaming video of the exercise you were to perform at that location. Each station was 2 minutes in anaerobic or aerobic activity. Raphael had a stop watch and was diligent about time and moving from station to cardio machine in 2 minute increments.
In summary, the class began with a 5-10 minute warm-up stretch/work-out explanation, followed by 45 minutes of fast pace exercise and ended with 10 minutes of ab floor work and stretching. I was able to get a full body indoor work-out intermixed with weight machines, resistance bands and cardio. I wouldn’t consider this my “one stop shop” fitness answer but to mix in with my cross training plan it would make the grade for once a week for sure.
I was challenged by the work-out and impressed with Raphael’s use of a very small space. After checking out the schedule, I noticed he has a few other group classes he offers, private training and meal delivery plans.
No shower area, located in a mall, half price validated parking, small space, limited to spin bike or treadmill for cardio.