You know you’re addicted when…

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The first thing you think of when you can’t go back to sleep at 5:00AM in the morning is…”Can I make it to early AM Bar Method?”

Yep, that happened. #addicted

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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!

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!

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?

Bar Method: Day 1 – What to Expect

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So you’ve signed up for your first Bar Method class. Congratulations!

Here’s what you can expect:

– Being inspired by all the other fit Bar Method addicts participants

– A strong desire to only wear Lululemon attire. (hopefully, not the sheer variety as there is A LOT of bending over)

– Shaking. I know you’ve probably read all about it. But I didn’t fully get what shaking was until it happened to me and to be honest, it kind of freaked me out. It’s normally not a good thing when it feels like you’ve lost complete control of your body. But as you “embrace the shake” and get more used to it, it’s a good indicator on if you’re really pushing your body to it’s fullest potential. And for those of you not shaking, then you can go lower. I know even after your first class, you may be sick of hearing that. But it’s really true.

– A full body workout – Yes, in just 60 minutes you will have toned you arms (goodbye batwings!), thighs (oh boy do you ever!), butt (Sir Mix a Lot should endorse this class!), abs(olutely a killer!), and (thankfully) lots of stretching throughout the whole class.

– An instructor calling you out in class. Another added perk to the class, is that the instructors know everyone’s name and are not afraid to use it in class. Although I have read that some people are not a fan, I for one, really like it because I’m paying good money to make sure I am doing it right. Plus, it’s always nice to be praised (or shamed) every once in a while.

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Here’s the class breakdown:

Warm Up – Leg lifts.

Arms – You use small weights (2 – 5lbs) to do multiple reps of small 1 inch/full range movements. Then there are push ups and triceps dips, which by the end have you trembling! Oh, also there is a plank tucked in there too. 60 counts…and they count slowww.

Stretching

Thigh – Every class, I dread thigh. It is the most painful, yet challenging part of class. I don’t even want to really talk about it for fear it will know I was badmouthing it and take vengeance in class today.

Stretching

Seat – This portion exercises your booty and will seriously get it lifted. I once spoke to a woman who complained that it made her butt too big and she had to buy new jeans. If only I had that problem!

Stretching

More thigh – Round back, as it’s technically called, is no where near as bad as the thigh mentioned above. It’s definitely still challenging, but I don’t fear it (as much) and it’s actually my favorite part of class. The key in this exercise is to get your leg as straight as possible and to keep it that way. Oy vey!

Abs – At first, I didn’t think it was actually working and felt too easy. But guess, what…I was doing it wrong! The instructors were quick to adjust me and after that I cursed the day that I ever questioned the ab exercises!

Back Dancing – This is the final burn in class and if you didn’t think you pushed yourself hard enough during the earlier 55 minutes, now is your chance to really seal the deal.

Stretching

All in all, Bar Method is a workout unlike any I have ever tried. And I like it. I like it a lot.