We made it through the week, and what a week it’s been. I don’t know if it’s the new moon, people trying to stick to their resolutions, or what but it just feels like things have been a little wacky lately. When stress levels are high it’s hard to not feel the affects no matter what mood you happen to be in.
My favorite way to decompress is (100% cliché but nonetheless true) exercise. To balance out the tensions I may feel at work or out in public I like to make sure I take breaks outside to walk and recharge.
I do love running but to keep muscle tone and work out in a different way, I like to mix it up with pilates and barre. One barre studio I’m a big fan of is Studio Barre. This post is not sponsored, just my own opinion.
Studio Barre is a unique workout that focuses on posture and building long, lean muscles. The first thing that attracted me to barre was the possibility that after a few months I may come out looking like a ballerina 🙂 While that isn’t exactly what happened, I have noticed my legs becoming more defined and with how much we utilize our core, the strength I have in my torso and abdomen has greatly improved.
Strength training (using bodyweight, free weights, and resistance tools)
The 60 minute workout alternates between strength training exercises for your legs, glutes, arms and abs with short bursts of cardio and stretching mixed in to keep your body and muscles guessing.
It is fast paced and the energetic music and instructor keeps you motivated. Breaking up the exercises with stretching and cardio keeps my muscles lengthened to achieve the long, lean look I’m after.
If you frequent a studio a few times a week, you begin to memorize the routine and it can feel repetitive. Sometimes there are exercises I feel my form is not correct and because we change so often, there isn’t time to fix it and feel the full affect of the move.
Overall I am a big fan of Studio Barre and barre class in general. I think it is a great way to build long, lean muscles that make you feel strong and feminine. I have been to a few different Studio Barre locations and they all feel clean, modern and the community is very inviting and motivating. For more information on Studio Barre, visit their website and take advantage of a free class or trial week to see if it’s for you.
I’ve heard some great feedback on these types of reviews, so I may continue to post a few here and there. Let me know if there’s a topic you’re curious about!
I’m off to get some snuggle time in with Finley and finish my book for book club 🙂