Where: Exhale Spa, 28 Arlington St., Boston, MA
Class Review: Core Open with Meg Scannel @ Exhale
Have you ever tried to book a class online, but week after week, it's BOOKED. Like, always booked up, even the freaking WAITLIST is filled to capacity? Well, if that's any testament to the popularity of Meg Scannel's Core Open class at Exhale, then it's safe to say Meg rocks.
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Meg's classes are more athletic than many Core Open classes. It's pretty obvious even from her warmup with the class, from her sharply pointed toes to deliberately poised hands that Meg's got some sort of background in dance or gymnastics (sidenote - after reading her bio, yes, she was a gymnast and figure skater) that she carries through the hour-long class.
Meg's athletisism is evident throughout the class by her coaching, yes, coaching style. She isn't a core fusion teacher, but a core fusion coach, reminding us to "Let it shake. Let it BUUUUUUURN!!!!" because "you're creating change in your body! You're burning calories!"
"Better be," I'm thinking to myself. "Why would I torture myself this way otherwise?!"
A few things that exponentially increase the awesomeness of Meg's class:
- She provides many variations for stretches to make sure everyone is challenged and getting their stretch, regardless of flexibility.
- Enthusiasm. If I didn't know better, I'd think Meg was having the best day of her life every time I take her class. She's literally that happy all the time.
- Memory for names. She makes sure she introduces herself to everyone she doesn't know in class. During class, she always calling people out.
- Variety - she mixes up the warmup and barre work, so you don't really know what to expect.
- However, one very predictable thing is her playlist. If you're a fan of Natasha Bedingfield, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna, you're in luck... because she's been playing the same playlist for the past few months. If you're not a fan, well, you may be screwed (at least for another few weeks), because I'm not sure when this mix is getting revamped.
All in all
I make sure to add Meg's classes into my rotation at least once a week. She's incredibly motivating, challenging, fun, and a downright cool girl. Any any guaranteed excuse to jam out to Rihanna's "We Found Love" is fine by me.
From Meg's website: Meg holds a B.A. in History from Boston College. After working as an Investment Banker for five years, Meg shifted gears and dedicated her professional focus to holistic wellness. Meg is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in affiliation with SUNY Purchase and is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to her nutrition practice, she is a Certified Core Fusion teacher with Exhale Spa. She is committed to supporting her clients as they make meaningful changes in their lives through nutrition and wellness.At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Meg was trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. Drawing on this knowledge, she helps clients create completely personalized “roadmaps to health” that suit their unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals. She complements this knowledge in fitness where she helps instill an understanding of the mind-body connection through Core Fusion. Meg is never without a smile in the studio as she conducts fun and upbeat classes.
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