I’ve always been the type of person who loves exercise and living an active lifestyle, but as a busy person with a limited amount of free time, it has been tough to get into a groove and stay focused. I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to get in a really great workout in a short amount of time, while still providing some flexibility to accommodate my schedule.
Friends have previously recommended trainer Reese Ashe and I got to know him and his wife Amanda Ashe when they opened Reflex Fitness at Southside Marketplace in early 2015. They had invited me to come in and take classes, so I finally decided it was time to take them up on their offer.
Reflex offers group fitness classes each day starting as early as 5am and as late as 630pm. The 12pm weekday classes were ideal for my schedule. Most classes are 45 minutes, however some are 30 minutes and some are an hour. With a large parking lot right outside, it is easy to get in and out quickly, which helped limit my breaks from work.
I took various classes such as Sculpt, Strength Training, Sports Conditioning, Boxing Plus, H.I.I.T., and Kickboxing. Each class was a good mix of cardio and strength training, hitting all the different muscles and working the core. The classes were challenging yet fun. Reese and his team do a good job at creating an environment that’s open to participants of all skill levels. Besides the burn of a great work, my level of comfort at Reflex remained the same throughout the last three months.
All the classes made the most of the allotted time. There were always a lot of sets, a lot of reps, and a lot of stations, with some small breaks in between. Giving 45 minutes of my day to a workout, I’m not sure how I could’ve accomplished more physically than I did at Reflex. I really enjoyed the workouts and making progress, and particularity loved learning new things every week at Boxing Plus where Reese shared some of his expertise from his MMA career.
Most the classes were taught by Reese and Tim Rider, but guests instructors were also brought in from time to time. All the classes were tough, but offered great instruction and encouragement.
If you go to the same time slot everyday, you’ll get a different workout each time. You can also obviously change the times up and get in your favorite workout more than once.
After three months at Reflex, I feel great. There have been times in my life where I have done a lot of work with weights or did a lot of cardio, but it was great to participate in workouts that were such a mix of both. I have noticed great improvements with sports and activities I participate in and can say I feel the healthiest I have in a long time.
Reflex Functional Fitness is a partner of SouthBMore.com. You can learn more about Reflex at reflexfitbaltimore.com.