What: Backbody Project is a mix of plyometrics and full body exercises, focused on strengthening and toning the glutes and other underworked muscle groups. Expect a lot of cardio as well as high reps of big and small movements.
Where: Steps PDX, Vitalidad Movement Arts Center, and Yoga Pearl
Tips: Take breaks! This workout is no joke. Really pay attention to the alignment of your feet, joints, etc., when you’re moving and landing. Instead of doing it all, focus on doing it right.
Backbody Project Instructor: Meegan Gregg
I’m going to be honest with you. Backbody Project has got to be one of my favorite workout classes I’ve done, for a couple of reasons. First, Meegan is an amazing instructor. She is super musical in the way that she talks, as well as how she syncs movement to her music. She also cues postures in a way that is easy to understand, and she is attentive in making sure you’re doing it right. Second, the music is fire. Meegan’s playlists are a mix of hip hop, EDM, and energy bumping songs that are a blast to workout to. I seriously get the urge to break out and dance on my mat during every class. Third, the class is effective. It’s the perfect amount of cardio and strengthening exercises, where you don’t feel like you’ve missed anything. I really could go on and on. Have I raved enough for you to try it?
CZ: What led you to create Backbody Project?
MG: I went to NYC to open barre3 studio. While I was there, I took a bunch of classes, and none of them really focused on the glutes. I wanted to teach a class that I wanted to take. I love jumping and choreography.
CZ: How do you want your clients to feel when they come out of your class?
MG: I want them to feel like they had an opportunity to push themselves, which they normally don’t have in their day-to-day lives. I want them to feel like the class flew by.
CZ: What drives the energy in your class?
CZ: How do you stay inspired as an instructor?
MG: I take a lot of breaks— I’ll get into fitness and get out of it. I don’t try to do it every day, so I don’t get burnt out. I listen to tons of music, and I take yoga classes and take the essence of pose into my class.
CZ: What would you say to someone who wants to try your class but is too nervous to come?
MG: Honestly, I would say it’s not for everyone and I totally respect that. The cool thing is that it’s kind of a buffet— you can take what you want and leave what you don’t. Don’t take it too seriously, but it is more of an advanced workout. I want everyone to feel welcome and that it’s their class.
CZ: How would you describe your class vibe in one word?