With class names like “High + Tight,” “Core and Restore,” "Clocked," and “Asphalt Kick’n,” your mind will be racing before your heart rate at System of Strength. The Columbus based studio has two locations, one in Dublin and one in Grandview. Unlike most studios you’ll find around Columbus, there are huge differences between each class, which contributes to keeping the body connected in three core principles of fitness, including strength, cardio, and stretch. SOS aims to provide an entire system of workouts that gives you all the core components that you need.
We attended a class in the Dublin location called “Control,” which was taught by Darrion. The space is a big open box, with mirrors on one end and free weights on the opposite wall. In the back of the class, two huge garage doors were opened. Those who got their before us were gathering free weights and finding a spot for their yoga mat. Sweat from the class before (Clocked) could be seen on the floor, signifying that even though the class was called “Control,” we were in for an intense workout.
Everything happened on the mats. While each class might focus on a different area of the body, this one was mostly shoulders and core. There were clusters of exercises that all had three individual workouts. For example, the first cluster featured shoulder flys, weighted squats, and weighted squat-jumps. You would perform each exercise for about 90 seconds. Then, you’d do them again in split sets of 15-10-5. About half way through the class, we were struggling (in a good way), and by the end, felt like we had earned whatever the rest of the weekend had to offer.
SOS is great for those who need direction in their workouts, and if the other trainers are anything like Darrion, you’ll get someone who is passionate about both fitness and getting the most out of his classes. The trainers are both encouraging but also make you really push yourself. While our workout focused mostly on the shoulders, we felt that good body burn for the rest of the day. While each class is different, SOS seems like a great fit for anyone looking to burn fat, tone up, and build strength. It’s also great for people of all skill and fitness levels.