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?

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.