I promised you a review about Torque and here it is: It’s HARD.
I had to bold, underline and italicize “hard” because oh my goodness, I’m not sure I’ve ever worked out so hard in my life than while I’m at Torque. Basically, I believe Torque is Gold’s Gym answer to the CrossFit-craze. I’ve never done CrossFit, but it seems similar. The instructors decide on a workout the night before, post it on their Facebook page, and then you come in the next day to do the Workout Of The Day, or WOD.
The first time I tried Torque was two weeks ago, and for the next few days, my biceps hurt so bad, I couldn’t extend my arms out fully.
But here’s the thing — the instructors were great about tailoring the workout to my level. Although I work out consistently, I obviously am not in the greatest physical condition, so when I saw that I had to do a series of burpees getting progressively smaller — 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3 — I kinda panicked. Luckily for me, Lewis, my instructor that night, set me up with a 12-inch-high (or so) mat that allowed me to do burpees without going all the way to the ground.
The next time I did Torque, Jennifer, the instructor that night, encouraged me relentlessly, even though I had to do the easier option for most of the workouts. That night I did burpees the “real” way — or at least, the best of my ability — for intervals of 30 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds. Let me tell you: I feel like I barely did any, at least compared to my classmates, but I tried to keep at it for the time allotted.
Now, don’t get the picture that all Torque is is burpees — there’s a lot more to it than that. I find that these strength-based exercises are exactly what I need because I rarely push myself in this area. Even if I get a little intimidated by the WOD when I see it posted the night before, I know that I will do what I can, as fast as I can, and I will push myself beyond what I normally would, even if I can’t do as many reps or I can’t do it as fast as the others.
But that’s what I am finding I love about the class — it’s a competition with myself, not the others. Everyone is absorbed in their own workout, in trying to push their bodies and their minds beyond what they thought they were capable of. So no one’s paying attention to me at all. It’s freeing — like saying, here’s the workout, I’m here to help you and advise you, but we are not pinning you against someone else. I like that. It’s me against myself.
Have you tried Torque, or a CrossFit-type class? What did you think of it?