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:

Image

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.

Barre Talk

The other day I read a really interesting article (Thanks Kalyn!) from the New York Times titled: Women’s Flexibility Is a Liability (in Yoga), written by William J. Broad. In the article, Broad states that although yoga is “generally a good thing”, he warns that it can also lead to serious injuries like wearing and tearing on your hips. (Yikes!) And that (macho) men are more prone to getting injured! Who knew?!

While I’m still weary on taking much of this article to heart, I do agree with its final message. Listen to your body and if something hurts, then you might want to take it easy.

Have you seen this article? If so, what do you think about it?