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WEEKLY WORKOUT: Sonya and Erin get some core work and cardio at a killer Kosama class

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By now you’ve probably heard of the place promising "total body transformation."  Kosama opened its first location last winter and now its one of the fastest growing clubs in the metro.

"We wanted to cater to the working, to-and-from crowd," says Ben Bjorholm.  He’s one of the owners of Kosama downtown.  Bjorholm says the best thing about Kosama is the variety.  Locations offer six different workouts, six days a week and we just happened to show up for one of the most difficult ones. “Yep,” says Ben, “this is the killer plyo day.”

For one hour we cycle through six rounds of explosive movements.  A timer on TV screens ticks down the seconds and it doesn’t take long for our hearts to start pounding.  According to Ben, this workout can burn 600 to 800 calories and we believe it.  We’re pouring sweat, our faces are red and we’re sucking air by the home stretch.

"This is as much core as it is cardio,” says Bjorholm, “you’re burning calories and strengthening those abs all at the same time."  There are moves taken from sports like basketball and volleyball along with conditioning moves like burpees and fast feet.  All eyes are on the clock at this point and it’s all we can do to keep moving.  "This is when you have to be mentally tough,” hollers Ben, ”this is where it becomes mental, not physical!"  Thankfully, lower intensity moves round out the last segment and we are finally ready to stretch.

This workout was intense.  It is definitely not for beginners.  If you’re interested in checking out the new downtown Kosama location visit Downtown Kosama, call 480-8626 or drop in 1905 Ingersoll Avenue Suites 102 & 103.