Did you notice I got a blog makeover? I am loving the new design and layout! Feel free to browse around and let me know what you think. HUGE thanks to Vanessa at With Great Heart Creative Studio!
And I realized that I haven’t posted my workout plan for the week! So here goes– this week is my longest run for half marathon training, and I’ll be doing it solo. Wish me luck (and good weather!)
Monday- Tabata class
Thursday- Barre class
Friday- Long run (12 miles)
Saturday & Sunday- rest (traveling for Easter)
Speaking of workouts, here is more of a deep dive into one of my workouts that I’ve been doing recently:
Barre class was something that I have never tried or even heard of until not too long ago. Typically, my workout routine has mainly been mostly running with a few group fitness classes thrown in for some variety. But I had been hearing about how awesome barre classes were and luckily, a Pure Barre studio opened nearby so I had to try it!
Image above courtesy of lilablog.com.
What is a barre class like? Well according to Pure Barre’s website:
In just 55 minutes, you will achieve a total body workout targeted at the areas of the body women struggle with most: seat, hips, thighs, abs, and arms. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretch section, which will help you achieve a long, lean, and strong physique (no bulk!) The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping.
Pure Barre is truly the fastest, most effective way to change the shape of your body, producing results in as few as 10 classes!
The concentration involved while taking Pure Barre allows you to block “life” out for the hour, creating the mental benefits similarly obtained by the practice of yoga or meditation. A transformed body and a clear head in just one hour—it doesn’t get much better than this!
Right when you enter the Pure Barre studio, it’s very open and inviting. You don’t have to be a dancer or ballerina either…it’s for women of all shapes, sizes and ages. Everyone is there to get in a great workout, and even a Pure Barre veteran will be challenged at class.
Wondering what to wear? I recommend wearing leggings or capris (no shorts) and a top that is form fitting so you can check your posture and poses in the mirror. In fact, right when you enter the studio, there is a great retail section with all kinds of cute gear, including sticky socks (which help you grip the floor!)
As for the workout itself, it’s no joke! From the moment you start, you are making tiny movements that work every area of your body. The Pure Barre instructors use the mantra “lift, tone, burn” and experience that in every aspect. The instructors are wonderful and make sure your form is correct, while keeping the class moving.
You also use equipment, like bands, balls and hand weights (trust me, you’ll feel the burn even with 1 pound dumbbells!)
Anne, Katie and I recently took a class together and had a blast…it hurt oh so good!
I have taken a few classes so far and hope to continue incorporating barre into my half marathon training. If I keep it up, I have no doubt I’ll have some seriously lean legs, toned arms and sculpted abs.
And now here’s the fun part! Rachel, the manager at Pure Barre in Deerfield, IL, was gracious enough to let me giveaway a 5 class package. That’s a $105 value! Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter below.
(Note: classes can only be used at the Deerfield location. Classes must be used within 30 days of activation.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And you get can a whopping 10 extra entries in the giveaway if you post a photo of yourself in a Pure Barre move on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter (just be sure to tag Pure Barre Deerfield in your posts!) Looking for ideas? Here are a few (note that I’m still working on perfecting my form)…or just be creative!
Good luck…hope to see you at the barre!