Early Sunday morning the day after the 4th of July, I drove into midtown to take a BoCo Classic workout session with Lauren from Body Conceptions. The hour long class consisted of integrative cardio and body sculpting exercises that burn fat, exercise the heart, and target all areas of the body from the arms and abs to the thighs, seat, and back. Two days later my butt, abs and thighs are still feeling the burn.

The class took place at their weekend location Stepping Out Studios, located on 26th and 6th Avenue. Due to the holiday it was a small class of just 4 people. Which was great because that give us room to really spread out and for me to see the instructor. Once everyone was settled Lauren explained the class and we were on our way.

The music started and I swear to you midway through the warm up I was sweating bullets, dripping like…

I looked at Lauren and my other classmates and they were dry as a bone. I could easily say I run hot, but I won’t lie. I’m out of shape. Just the day before I ate more wings than I can count and half a apple pie. You now understand why I was sweating so profusely.

After the warm up we got right into working out our upper body. When you look at tiny 2lb weights you think to yourself, I got this. *buzzer sound* No. No, you don’t. You do? Well, okay so its only me that’s weaker than a newborn pup. Keeping my arms up while making circular motions truly made me feel like I could live with the having slightly flabby arms for the rest of my life. The burning was intense, which meant it was working. Lauren was still upbeat and dry, while the sweat was making tiny pools of water on the inside of my glasses.

From there we did a ballet like routine, complete with plie that would begin the workout for our lower body. You see the way my arthritis is set up, that was NOT gonna happen. I went as low as I could without my kneecaps sounding like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Lauren was graceful and hardly broke a sweat. At this point my cup of ice water was almost gone and my glasses were sliding off my face. My thighs and calves are still sore at me, pun intended.

Then it was time for  the seat portion of our workout. This is where the beast came out of Lauren, which is the same time my disdain for her came out as well. Do not be fooled by her small peppy stature. She took us through this last portion like nothing I’d ever seen. On the floor raising legs while keeping your balance was crazy. I was struggling where she had full control. It felt like someone set a match to my lower body. The burn was unbearable. I had to stop a few times to hop it out. I was the only one. Everyone else took it like a champ. But I would not be defeated. I made sure to fall back in line and go to the end. 

Speaking of the end, the dance wind down at the end really showcased the fact I don’t have an ounce of rhythm, as well as my inability to follow a coordinated dance routine. The song was a club banger which really got you in the mood to dance. The movements were geared toward your whole body to work out whatever burn was leftover from the hour. Finally, the uptempo dance moved into a slow stretch to complete the session. Thankfully this meant being on the floor because I was done, all that was missing was a fork.


This class wasn’t about difficult moves or going hardcore. It was about simple yet strategic moves everyone can do that are meant to tone and shape your body.

mahripicBody Conceptions founded by Mahri Relin, is a full-body lengthening and sculpting method that combines the principles of dynamic movement and muscle exhaustion.  Both body-sculpting and cardio components use integrated movements that involve multiple muscles and that require engagement of and connection to the core.  Exercises are coordinated with current, exciting music. The goal of Body Conceptions is to help men and women across the spectrum of their lives – from youth to pregnancy, menopause, and beyond.

While my body may be angry with me for such a workout. It was done to help get it into some kind of shape. I workout on and off and I don’t really commit to a studio because I love pie! But this is one class that I might have to lay off the pie for. It was worth it and I look forward to a future class with Body Conceptions.

If you’re unable to attend a class don’t worry they can come to you, as they have private solo and group classes. They also have pre and postnatal class, as well as special occasion classes. Find out more by contacting them by phone or email.

*Please remember all thoughts and opinions expressed in this piece are my own. The only compensation I received was a complementary class for the purpose of this review.