I Need a Little ‘Chaos’ in My Life

Routine is FWABulous when it comes to things like my breakfast smoothie (who wouldn’t want this yummy berry/banana/spinach combo every morning??) and our Saturday morning jaunt to Starbucks and Trader Joe’s. But I'm not a fan when it comes to my workouts.

Now that I’m no longer teaching my World Gym Smyrna classes (I miss you guys!), I’ve been challenged with keeping my cardio and resistance training interesting. So last week I decided to return to Buckhead’s Chaos Conditioning.

Sound familiar? Well, a few months ago, I visited the studio to experience “Club Chaos” — probably the only workout in Atlanta that blends a nightclub atmosphere with a killer workout. It was an absolute “fit” for this belle! (Read about my experience here.)

So on Monday evening, I tried the Complete Chaos class, which (I hope I’m remembering this correctly) is eight, eight-minute rounds filled with cardio and resistance training exercises that incorporate everything from medicine balls to TRXs. (BTW, water and towels are available at the studio, so you don’t have to worry about bringing your own.)

Everyone is put on a team, which is nice for those who have friends and those who are new to Chaos — you’ve always got someone to cheer you on. This class was taught by owner Jeff Baird, who I enjoy for two reasons: he has awesome energy, and he takes the time to make sure that people are doing the exercises correctly and offers modifications.

For the next hour, my butt was thoroughly kicked with a variety of burpees, BOSU drills, running on self-propelled treadmills, and other exercises that made me use muscles I’d forgotten I had.

And let me tell you, variety is key to this workout. Within each eight-minute round, we rotated through four different exercises (about two minutes at each). It’s like the Baskin-Robbins of workouts — but instead of consuming calories, you’re burning them!

Now, let’s talk about pricing. (Disclaimer, I was invited to try the class for free.) The great news is that your first class is only $10, so you have no excuse not to try this. (And let me know if you do, because I'd love to take the class with you.) From that point on, you pay by the session ($30) or can buy packages that start at eight sessions for $200. It might sound a little pricey, but it's on par with what I've seen other Buckhead studios charge. And if you want my opinion, the energy Jeff brings and the exercises he’ll take you through are worth every penny.

As a matter of fact, I’m going to try to return this week to try the studio’s other class option — Impact Box. Stay tuned for a future blog on how it stacks up to my other "chaotic" experiences...  

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