My Solidcore Review

Have you heard of Solidcore? According to this article, it is one way that Michelle Obama stays fit. Believe me, if she can do their workouts, she is as strong as she looks!


A few weeks ago Deb invited me to join her, and the people at Solidcore gave me a free session so I could try it out. I had seen Deb’s review, so I knew it would be tough, but when friends started warning me on Twitter, I began to worry about what I had gotten myself into! 

Solidcore has a great motto:

Create the strongest version of yourself.

But how do they help you do that? According to their website:

We use slow and controlled full-body movements with constant tension to work your muscle fibers to failure – yep, failure. This low-impact process forces your muscles to rebuild a more sculpted, stronger and [solid] you.

The 50 minute classes use machines called “megaformers” that include a platform on a spring that provides constant tension and makes the simplest exercises extremely difficult.


The plank is real, but I’m posing after class! 

I was expecting a lot of core moves, but we started off with glute bridges that were incredibly hard on megaformer. My muscles were burning instantly! After that, we did a series of side plank pike moves that showed me that my 60-second side planks haven’t really made my obliques that strong. Surprisingly, we also did a lot of lunges.


I’m facing the wrong way for this picture, but doing lunges on the megaformer really makes you dig deep into your muscles to work against the spring. 

The Solidcore website warns that Solidcore is not for everyone. It is hard. But, I like that we were encouraged to go at our own pace (most exercises were done for a set period of time rather than a set number of reps), reminded that even a small range of motion would target your muscles, and not mocked when we collapsed in exhaustion. (OK, maybe I was the only one who had to take a minute in corpse pose ….) 


Our coach (Jacob) ws very knowledgeable, energetic and encouraging! 


 I could still smile when class was over, but my legs were quivering an hour later! 

Solidcore has one location in Minneapolis, four locations in D.C., and currently one location in Virginia (Ballston). One reason I was invited to try Solidcore is because in March they are opening a new studio in Alexandria–right around the corner from my favorite pizza place! In May, they will open a third location in the Mosaic District. Like most small studio classes, Solidcore is not cheap. A single class is $35 per class, but by buying a package the rate can be as low as $27/class. 


I don’t think I can fit another class into my schedule during my spring race season, but this would be fantastic cross-training in the summer. If you decide to try Solidcore let me know so I can put your name down in their referral program. 😉 

Do you do any studio classes?

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9 Responses to My Solidcore Review

  1. Oh wow that class sounds cool! It sounds really different than a lot of other classes I’ve tried. Maybe we can do a blogger meet up there sometime! 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    That class sounds intense – I would love to try it sometime even though I’m afraid I would end up feeling like a total wimp!!
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  3. I had a great time with you! It was hard huh? My legs were shaking !
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  4. Marcia says:

    This looks cool! So many fun new studio concepts popping up. How’d you feel the following day? Right now I’m so obsessed with learning to swim, everything else, including running is taking a back seat. I do need to get serious about training for my half though.
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  5. I want to try this so badly but I know I won’t be able to afford to keep going, so I may have to pass. It looks AWESOME!
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  6. jill conyers says:

    That looks awesome! I’d love to try it.
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  7. Jen says:

    This workout looks great! It’s nice to change it up and not do the same workouts all the time. I’ll going to look more into this. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Carla says:

    I need to try this just by virtue of that name.
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  9. That looks hard! I’m kind of giggling that you mentioned this workout at your favorite pizza place in the same sentence… 🙂
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