CorePower Yoga Review – Pros and Cons to Help You Decide if Membership is Worth It
CorePower Yoga is currently one of the trendiest yoga corporations around. Boasting over 160 locations nationwide, their studios offer a variety of classes ranging from a mild C1, to a near coma inducing sculpt class that is guaranteed to put even the fittest bodies through the grinder. One of the signature elements of CorePower is that each high intensity class is practiced in a heated room (heat levels range from 88-104 degrees, depending on the class), and many of them also add humidity. This offers participants an added challenge, while also warming the body to increase flexibility and circulation.
Another thing that might make your temperature rise? The hefty price tag that comes along with being a part of the studio. Individual classes run at $23, and packages can come close to $250. A monthly Black Tag membership (which allows unlimited access to classes) will cost you $109 a month. So, is it all really worth it?
I’ve been a CorePower member for about 10 months now and I’ve seen both positives and negatives in the experience. Here’s a run down those to help you decide if the high price tag is worth it.
1. Awesome, effective works out in yoga form.
To begin, I LOVE the CorePower classes. I’m completely addicted to the sculpt classes, and can say without a doubt that these have had a positive impact on my body. My arms are toned, my legs look great, and my endurance is at an all time high. In addition, I know that each time I go to class, I’m guaranteed an insane workout that will leave me completely drenched in sweat and feeling great. If you are willing to endure 2-3 sculpt classes a week, you WILL see results.
The C2 classes are great for the combination of both a mild workout, and an amazing stretch. Each class also devotes about 5 minutes to core exercise, which will set your abs on fire no matter how fit you are. Again, to see real results, you need to be consistent with these classes. If you are, you’ll see an increase in your flexibility, and muscle tone (especially in your arms).
Another great class
is was the Core Cardio Circuit. This is a non-yoga class that blends HIIT style workouts with circuit training. It’s a great addition to the yoga rotation because it switches up your routine and shocks the body, which is crucial for seeing and maintaining results. Unfortunately, many CorePower locations have begun cutting out almost all of these classes to replace them with ones that can fit more people (ex. sculpt and C2). Super disappointing, and this takes away a highly valuable element of cross training.
CorePower also offers Hot Yoga, Hot Power Fusion, and Core Restore, which don’t speak much to my personal interests (I took the hot yoga class once and was 99% sure I was going to die of heatstroke) but all offer similar benefits of increased flexibility, strength, and recovery.
2. Location convenience.
If you live in a spot where CorePower is pretty popular, it’s likely that there will be multiple options for locations that you can visit. In Colorado, I can just hop on the app, see where my closest location is, and it’s usually not too far away. This makes it easier to hit classes on a regular basis.
I’m also able to visit out of state locations whenever we travel within the U.S., since CorePower is a corporate organization. I was able to take classes in Kailua, and most states have at least a few locations to choose from. Again, this makes it easier to be consistent about going to class.
3. Good Atmosphere
The atmosphere of Core Power is pretty zenned out, and the facilities are always clean and inviting. The crowd can definitely be a bit hoity toity, but never to the point of being uncomfortable. The teachers are usually super friendly and willing to answer any questions and address any concerns. They make you feel right at home, even if you’re a newbie.
4. It’s good for your spirit.
This is something that I never really understood until recently. When I dabbled in yoga before, I always thought I just wasn’t one of ‘those’ people who touted the spiritual benefits of yoga. I just wanted to sweat. Now, after being a consistent yogi for almost a year, I definitely get where this inner peace hype is coming from. I fully enjoy shavasana at the end, and have noticed a serious gravitation towards feeling gratitude for my self and what my body does for me. It might sound a little overly hippie zen, but let me tell you, it’s pretty fantastic.
As stated before, joining the CorePower community is going to cost you some serious change. Membership is not cheap. That’s the bottom line. So if you’re like most people, this will be your only gym-type membership. Of course you can supplement with free work outs (running, hiking, biking), but if you crave variety (which is necessary for maintaining fitness), it’s going to be difficult to get that here (especially with the limiting of the circuit classes). You also have to be committed to going consistently if you’re going to make that membership worth it. At $109/month, you need to go to class about 3 times a week to bring the cost to around $9 per class (which is still pricey if you ask me).
Additionally, getting in the door is just part of the cost. If you’re planning to become a regular, you’ll also need to invest in a good mat and one of the no-slip mat covers (some people say this is option, I say only if you enjoy slipping and sliding in your own sweat for an hour). Together, that can run about $100.
If you want o look the part (which I never have), you’ll need the pants, bras, and cute tops to go with it. And if you’re on a budget of any kind, don’t even think about looking at the clothes and accessories in their retail areas unless you’re ready to spend at least $60 (and that will only get you a sports bra). However I’ve been rocking my t-shirts and capris for most classes and I do just fine ;).
2. Lack of variety.
As stated before, if you are focusing mainly on CorePower, you’re getting mostly yoga classes. While they do offer strength training in their sculpt classes, that’s about all you’re going to be able to do to switch it up. If you want to add something different you’re going to either pay more to go to classes somewhere else, or have to supplement with free activities. This then cuts into the number of days you use your membership, which means less bang for your buck.
3. Not all instructors are created equal.
Once you begin taking classes regularly, this is something that you’ll quickly come to realize. While most instructors are good, you really begin to crave those that are great, especially the ones that fit your personal style. I’ve found that this is especially true with the sculpt classes. There are those special few teachers who know how to completely kick your ass while making you feel great at the same time, and it’s a bummer when those teachers either leave, or you can’t attend their classes. It basically just sucks when you get a teacher you don’t vibe with, and you don’t leave feeling quite as good about your work out.
So, there it is. My overall experience with CorePower has been great. I love the work outs, and I love how effective it has been for my body. But after 10 months I’m craving variety, and my wallet is feeling the $100 a month membership fees.
If you’re considering a membership, stop by one of studios and ask about their free week trial. Many locations also offer a heavily discounted first month. I recommend this, so you can really get a feel for whether or not this is a good option for you.
Whether you decide to join or not, yoga is an awesome addition to every work out routine. Ben regularly takes classes, and raves about the benefits. If you’re not ready to commit to a studio, YouTube has tons of channels that guide you through quick and effective flows.