Tip #2 for a Better Barre: Don’t Get Discouraged

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“Lesley square your hips.”  “Lesley go lower.” “Lesley chest up, shoulders back.”

Yes, by the end of a Bar Method class, I’m pretty sure everyone knows my name from how often it gets called out. I know some people (really) don’t like this method because it can be embarrassing, but you can’t let it get you down. I mean, even after 30 plus classes (hooray/scary – I am almost able to take Level 2 classes!), I still hear my name being called out on improper form and such. And although, I wish I heard more praises throughout the workout, for as much as I’m paying each month, I want to be pushed and corrected (if necessary) as often as possible in class.

But that’s just me. What are your thoughts?

Weekly Workout Recap: Things to be Thankful for…

By far Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s not all about the presents, but more so about gathering and enjoying the company of family and friends with TONS of food. What’s not to love?! And this year was no different. J and I had both of our families in town and cooked (and ate) way too much food!

And despite the holiday and family being in town for much of the week, I still was thankfully able to make my way to Bar Method. Here was my week:

Monday – Level 1 – Bar Method – After resting my knee for three days and not feeling much pain, I took it eas(ier) with a Level 1 class. My knee felt fine and I made sure to stop if anything made my knee feel funky.

Tuesday – Mixed Class – Bar Method – Another challenging class as usual, but I had to ask Kate A and Kate G for modifications since my knee felt some discomfort (as usual) during Standing Seat.

Wednesday – Rest day

Thursday – Rest day – I was in the kitchen for what felt like all day cooking, so I wasn’t able to find time to escape to class. Booo…

Friday – Mixed class – Bar Method – Ate wayyy too much the day before, and needed an extra hard class like Kate G’s to work off all that stuffing and pie.

Saturday – Mixed class – Bar Method – I took this class with Jenna N and I (almost) forgot how hard of a teacher she is. Seriously, she makes plank feel like it’s never going to end…Thankfully, I love it?! Maybe?

Sunday – Rest day – Today when I woke up, I happened to press around to check on my knee and it hurt as if there was a bruise on it, just without there actually being a bruise. Totally, a RED FLAG for me. And after a bunch of WedMD-ing, this probably means I should take the next week off (if not longer) from Bar Method to rest my knee. I am super bummed…and hope I don’t have to see a doctor.

How was your holiday?

What feels better than…

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Brand new socks for your Bar Method class to warm your toesies after coming in from a cold Winter day? Not much.

Flats plus DC being hit with a serious cold front (that is supposed to last until at least Wednesday) left me with some seriously cold feet. And seeing how my other pairs of Bar Method socks were still air drying from being in the laundry the night before (does anyone know if they are dryer safe?), I figured it was worth adding another pair to my collection.

How often do you find yourself giving in and getting new Bar Method socks?

Weekly Workout Recap: The Week Where My Knee Hurt

Whoa, did anyone else feel like this week flew by? And I bet even though this is a 3-day work week (Don’t you just love those?!), this week will draggg…

Anywho, here is what I did last week:

Monday Bar Method – Level 1 – Not going to lie, after taking 3 days off while off enjoying NYC, I was kind of nervous what my first day back was going to be like…but it wasn’t that bad. Plus, we did this new (at least, to me) move in thigh (feet in second position and both feet on releve), and honestly, my legs have never shook as much as they did. I’m talking massive shakes. Embrace the shake?

Tuesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class – This class was interesting. It was taught half by Lauren, and half by Ariana, a teacher in training. Stupidly, I had a glimmer of hope that since Ariana was a teacher in training, she’d go easy on us. Nope. Not at all. In fact, I think she did an extra long set of thighs. Curse her, I say! But I guess, she’ll make a good teacher after all!

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class

Thursday – Bar Method – Mixed Class – During Thursday class’ set of Waterski (and past classes where we did standing seat), I noticed my right knee had been pulling in an uncomfortable way, and that no matter the modification, it did not feel right. I did as many reps as I could that I thought felt okay…but sadly it wasn’t many.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – On Friday, I decided to take a break when my knee actually started to hurt randomly when I went up/down stairs (which I find to be weird, because most people/articles say that Bar Method is supposed to strengthen your knees). Eek.  Saturday and Sunday were break days too since I wanted to give the knee as much rest as possible, plus the boy’s parents were in town/we had so many errands to run. And although, I don’t think my knee is 100% better, the first thing I’m going to do when I go to Bar Method on Monday is ask what I can do about my knee pain…because I never thought I’d say it, but I miss Bar Method. Badly. And I know I should be worried about resting my knee so that I don’t do further damage to it, but I can’t help but be more worried about what not going to bar will do to my body (and mind).

Help – I’m torn (and hopefully I’m not talking about my knee)!

Did you know…

That between Thanksgiving and New Years people gain an average of 5 to 7 pounds. Yes, pounds. Not so sexy, but I bet it was oh so yummy?!

With Thanksgiving a week away (Me. Want. Food.), and more holidays right around the corner, there are so many (more) reasons why you may be skipping your normal workouts. You’re traveling more, you’re busier (eating), you’re too full (after being tempted by all those treats), or your hometown doesn’t have a Bar Method studio. I know mine doesn’t. * hint hint * Well fret not, here are some solutions:

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Photo source: The Bar Method Dancer’s Body Advanced Workout

1. Buy a Bar Method DVD.

If you can’t make it to a class, I swear The Bar Method Dancer’s Body Advanced Workout DVD is the next best thing. It will get your legs shaking, your heart rate up, and I promise that you will be cursing at the instructor (sorry, Marine – I really don’t mean it!) just as much for being so chatty and upbeat while you’re pushing through a billion reps. Plus, it’s an hour long (just like your typical Bar Method class) and you only need weights (or you can use wine bottles/cans) and the back of a chair. But I must say, unlike an actual Bar Method class, it’s so much easier to just turn off the DVD and walk to the kitchen. Just saying.

P.S. Don’t buy this DVD on Amazon. It’s like $10-15 cheaper at the Bar Method studio or their website.

2. Check out these (free) online barre workouts.

I know, I feel like I’m cheating on my Bar Method, but it’s a good, short workout. Everyone has 5 minutes!

Who doesn’t want to have Zooey’s body? P.S. Don’t you love Fitsugar?

And just for fun.

Ellen does/makes everything better.

Weekly Workout Recap

Here is what I did this past week:

MondayBar Method – Mixed Class. As always the instructor Lauren, killed it in class. She’s one of the toughest teachers I have faced yet. Highly recommended!

Tuesday – AM Workout – 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill. (P.S. If you really want to hustle and sweat from walking on the treadmill, up your incline to 15. Yowsa – I was drenched even after 10 minutes and a 3.6 mph pace.) 30 minutes of calisthenics. And by the PM, I was feeling like a second workout for the day was going to be too much for my body, so I cancelled my class at Bar Method. (Tip: Listen to your body.)

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class. For some reason my lower back was really sore from the workout the day before, plus we did Standing Seat, which I am not a fan of because no matter how many modifications I do, it makes my knee feel a bit uncomfortable, so this wasn’t my best class. But I did finally get taught by the studio’s owner, Kate A, who to be honest kind of made me nervous (and is actually SO incredibly sweet!) I mean, she’s the owner therefore a bar method know it all!

Thursday – AM Workout – 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill and 30 minutes of calisthenics, during which I was lucky enough to get to do hurdles with these cool Nike contraptions. So much fun! Hopefully you were able to catch my sarcasm? Those thing are cute, but will certainly kick your butt. PM Bar Method – Mixed Class. We did a new version of Standing Seat, which made my knees feel a lot more comfortable! Woohoo!

Friday/Saturday/Sunday – Forced rest days due to being out of town. Just lots (but really), lots of walking and snacking my way throughout NYC.

So I must admit, I definitely missed my weekend Bar Method classes (a lot more than I thought I would) and am kind of (really) excited and looking forward to get my butt back into Bar Method tomorrow. We’ll see if I’m still saying that during thigh!