Disclaimer: I was provided a free class through Sweat Pink. All opinions are my own.
Earlier this month, I took a class at a fitness studio called Art of Strength in Warren, NJ. So fellow New Jersey-ans…take note!
Someone from Sweat Pink reached out to me to see if I’d want to review a class here. It was funny and coincidental because the owners actually live in my home town. I agreed and was excited for a bootcamp/interval type workout, since I haven’t done one in a long time.
I honestly had no idea what to expect. But I kinda like going into classes and not knowing what we’ll be doing. Once I got there I found out the class I was taking was called ROPA, which stands for Be Resilient, Outstanding & Always Perform with Attitude. Love it! Here’s a description of the class from their website:
The R.O.P.A. Fusion experience consists of a 45 minute workout and is comprised of three vital pieces of equipment that make up the core of the program – ropes, bandits loops (also known as the “Suspension Training System”) and body weight drills.
I really liked the open layout and feel of the studio. I’ve been to studios where you just feel cramped or there is equipment everywhere. You could tell we would have room to move around and not get in anyone’s way.
The workout itself was tough!! I figured I’d be in decent enough cardio shape from running but I was wrong. I was sweating bullets.
We would do 20 seconds of an exercises followed by 10 seconds of rest, then repeat that 4 times before switching to a new exercise.
Exercises included burpees (where 20 seconds seemed like an ETERNITY), squats and lunges with the ropes, cardio with the ropes, pushups, core work and more. Did I mention I really liked the ropes exercises?
Some of the rope exercises we did were:
- Rope slams
- Rope rainbows (I’m making names up because no clue what they’re actually called): You swing the ropes up and over your head and down.
- Rope rainbows with a punch. Same as above but you add in a punch (similar to a row motion).
- Squat jumps holding the ropes that were hanging from the ceiling. We used the rope to support ourselves.
- Bulgarian split squats with our foot in the rope. This was really hard, I have awful balance.
- Mountain climbers either supported by the rope or with your feet in rope loops.
I was SO SORE the next day. My glutes were on fire. Those split squats with your foot in the rope loop were no joke.
Valerie, the owner, explained to me the logic behind rope workouts. Basically, you’re doing movements that you do in every day life, also called “functional movement.” You’re lifting the rope up over head, slamming it down, twisting your core…all things you probably experience on a daily basis somehow. You’re moving your body in all different planes of motion as opposed to just one. This is what made me so sore!
I really loved this workout and will be back again. I think that a class like this will definitely benefit runners. As runners, we only really move in one plane of motion (forward), so adding in a ROPA class will help you train a different way, and also help keep you from hitting the dreaded plateau.
For more information about Art of Strength and the various classes they have, visit their website. And let me know if you decide to try it out! Here’s a group pic of us after the class (thank goodness I brought a towel for all that sweat!) :
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