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.