The Barre Code Milwaukee has a new class on its schedule: TBC! (Total Body Conditioning or The Boot Camp). What’s this class all about? TBC stands for both Total Body Conditioning and The Boot Camp. This bootcamp-style workout consisting of functional, full-range-of-motion strength training exercises designed to challenge the whole body with a host of props including heavier weights as well as body weight exercises. Though predominately strength-based, this class is bookended by high-intensity cardio intervals. (From the website).
I tried this class for the first time on Monday morning with Betsy, the owner. Verdict? Love-hate relationship. HA! Loved being challenged and pushed to the max on a Monday morning, hated that it made me realize how much I need to get back to doing cardio classes.
Here’s the set up of the class:
You start out with a warm up. We did alternating step back lunges for about 3 minutes. Then we moved into 4 High intensity Cardio moves (each move is done for about 30 seconds) with 10 seconds of recovery before repeating them over again for a set of 3. We did jumping jacks, 180 rotating squat jumps, jump rope side to side, high knees, 10 second recovery & repeat. Then we moved into strength work. Using the green disc and kettle bell, we focused on arms, shoulders, seat and legs. A lot of moves that were done on the green disc required you to engage your core for balance, so we worked our core without really working it. After the strength work, we did two sets of the same 4 cardio moves with 10 seconds of recover in between. Just when I thought the cardio was coming to an end, Betsy announced that we were ending with a two minute ultra cardio blast before cooling down & stretch at the barre. I was a sweaty mess by the end of class.
Results from Garmin Connect:
According to my Garmin Vivo, I burned about 340 calories in class. Not too bad for a predominantly strength based class. I love that this class combines the best elements of both barre and interval. I’m always looking for strength work in life to compliment my running (especially glutes & core), but it’s nice to get that heart rate up and work on that cardio, something that marathon training doesn’t really allow me to do, unless I’m doing sprint intervals-which is rare.
Overall, great class and I can’t wait to go back again next week!