Happy Friday!!!

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Hooray – We made it to Friday! This weekend, I’ll be in lovely NYC celebrating my birthday, which means I’ll have to forego my usual Saturday and Sunday Bar Method classes. I actually thought about taking a class in Bar Method’s Soho location, but their schedule and mine, just didn’t seem to mesh. Booo…But it’ll only make me work that much harder in thigh come Monday right? Maybe?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Remember that time we had a guy in our class?

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I certainly do! For the first time in my Bar Method adventure, I had a guy in my class. A guy! Seriously, sometimes I think it’s like seeing Bigfoot…only (hopefully) less hairy? And guess what, he struggled (and cursed) through the workout just as much (if not more) than us women. And, it wasn’t even his first class either! So for all you gentlemen, who think it’s going to be too “girly” or easy for you, think again!

Nice Stems.

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Option 1, Option 2

Is what I hope people will be saying to me as I rock, either of these options for J’s annual company holiday party. (Personally, I’m leaning towards the number 1, but I’d be happy with either.)  This year, the party is on December 13th, which will be here before you know it. This can only mean one thing: I’ll see you at bar?! My legs are shaking already.

P.S. I hope you all got which movie the title of the post is from! As if, you wouldn’t. *hint hint*

Weekly Workout Recap: Tuck, Tuck, Tuck!

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This past week was great! Work was less crazy than usual (always a good thing!) and I made it to Bar Method for a record breaking 6 days! A true accomplishment in my opinion.

Here’s what happened:

Monday – Bar Method – Level 1 class. Felt really strong. Took all the advanced options and even made it through the entire plank! Amazing start to the week!

Tuesday – (AM) gym session – 1 mile run, 30 minutes of calisthenics. Definitely got my butt kicked! (PM) Bar Method –  Mixed class. Honestly, I thought the two workouts per day would leave me dying, but my afternoon Bar Method session, actually worked and stretched out any soreness that I felt from my earlier workout. Who would have thought?!

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed class. Lauren, the teacher of the day, did the possibly toughest set of abdominal exercises I have ever encountered. Seriously, may the fat on my abs RIP. Amen.

Thursday – Bar Method – Mixed class.

Friday – Rest day. My left ankle was feeling a bit sore, so I thought it would be best to give my ankle the day off.

Saturday and Sunday– Bar Method was having FREE classes so I encouraged some friends to join. I think I made some bar-lievers this weekend. Get it?! P.S. Laura, the Bar Method instructor in training was awesome! I look forward to future classes with her!

Looking back on this past week, I feel like I had more energy (aka I didn’t fall asleep on the couch by 9PM…it’s really the little things) and I actually looked forward to class (thigh workout and all). Plus, I really liked the challenge of seeing how many times this week I could go, how far I could push my body, and how much lower I could get (and not pass out from the burn!).

Let’s hope I can keep it up!

Tip #1 for a Better Barre: Have One Goal Per Class

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A co-worker of mine (hey Julia!), gave me some very sage advice the other day, which really stuck with me. She told me that for each class, I should focus on one goal. Whether it’s sinking just a little bit lower, pushing through one more set of thigh (I shudder just thinking about that), or lifting that leg 1 inch higher, it has really helped me improve my concentration and work that much harder in class.

What helps you get through class?

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?