Inside Out Barre Classs at Equinox + the Best Combo Ever
So last night I did a Barre class at Equinox. It was the first one I have done since I worked in Boston, at the Franklin Street Equinox, so I knew my booty was in for a real treat! My workouts usually consist of 20-30 minutes of cardio (elliptical, treadmill, Stairmaster, or bike), weight machines, stretching, toning, and abs with the occasional Saturday morning cycling class I’ll take with Sam.
Lately, I’ve been looking to incorporate more classes into the mix—especially Barre classes! Barre is a blend of Pilates and dance style exercises, which primarily focus on the booty and legs (perky butt and lean thighs?? Sign me up) but also incorporates core & arm work as well. Let’s just call it a ‘total body bombshell workout’ all in one, shall we? During class, my muscles we literally shaking in the middle of each exercise! Fabulous. I’ve had last night’s instructor for other classes I’ve taken, and she’s awesome- so full of energy, funny, and plays great music.
Equinox rotates their class schedule each month, so for March at least, Inside out Barre will be my new Monday and Wednesday class. For me, it’s important to switch up workouts every once and a while to avoid getting bored and to keep my muscles guessing. However, I also know what works for me while I’m focused on getting back in shape (mix of cardio and weight training).
On another note, can we all just agree that anything paired with peanut butter is guaranteed to be amazing?? For my post workout snack and nighttime treat (which is mandatory in my book), I cut up a Honey Crisp apple an paired it with chocolate powdered peanut butter (Just Great Stuff brand) made into a dip.. Absolute mouth treat! I love things that taste indulgent but are anything but. Total win.
All my meals for the day are packed, and stored in my office fridge. I’ll head straight to the gym and meet Sam for a workout after work. Already Thursday… hurry up weekend!
Snow White + Meal Prep Monday.
Last night was my break night from the gym. Despite my good intentions of making it to Barre class at Equinox, my body just wasn’t having it. I listened to it and decided I’d rather meal prep for the week, relax, and get to bed early. It’s important to tune in to what your body is telling you. If you push yourself, especially when you’re feeling run down and sick, to get to the gym, you’re most likely going to get there and think “why the hell am I here?”. I knew that would have been the case last night, so I was thrilled to change into my yoga pants + Sam’s t-shirt + socks, and relax.
I’ve been pushing myself to make it to the gym daily (or almost daily), in order to counteract the effects of my 5 month “break” from working out. I’ve slowly been seeing results, and it’s been motivating me to keep going. Seeing results for me is my biggest motivator. It gives me a high to see new definition and muscle tone forming. I wouldn’t say I gained too much weight over the course of my absence from the gym, but I definitely lost my tone, which is my main focus to get back; tone and tighten.
Switching gears for a sec: Over the weekend, there was a Disney Classics movie marathon on ABCFamily. It gave me the best feeling having them on in the background as I cleaned, puttered around, and got ready that evening. The silly songs and characters I grew up watching and loving gave me such a sense of happiness and comfort. I am the still biggest kid when it comes to things like that. I always joke with my brother, Brandon, and say “don’t you wish we could go back and be 6 years old all over again?”—only half kidding. So last night, I put on half of Snow White- the classic! It was so cute and put the biggest smile on my face. I get so sick of all the trash that is on TV- reality shows, stupid sitcoms, etc. Give me a good Disney classic any day!
Today I am all set with my packed lunch, green juice, snacks, and dinner to make it to the gym right after work, stay fueled, and hydrated. My cold is still lingering but not horrible. I’m proud of my little bod for fighting it off without antibiotics or prescriptions (yay!). Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday.
Hope everyone’s weeks are off to a good start : )
Wanted to check in post-weekend. Sam and I had a very relaxing weekend at home- just what I want and needed! I really needed to incorporate some down time to try to kick this cold .. I’m feeling a lot better each day, and hope that in a few days I’ll be 100%. My weekend consisted of sushi, Equinox, green juice, decorating, errands with my bubs, rest, dinner date in Darien @ The Goose, cabernet, yoga pants + Nikes all day, green tea, delicous Sunday dinner at home, Whole Foods, and The Oscars. Pretty lovely if you ask me :) Sam is a good sport when I’m sick, and knows I need to take it easy. He was supposed to go skiing all yesterday, but I was very happy when he canceled & we got to spend the day together. A low key and relaxing weekend, always makes for a much easier transition into the work-week. When Monday morning comes, I don’t want to throw my alarm. Since I didn’t meal-prep last night (i know, SHAME on me), I need to go home after work for dinner before the gym. I’m going to aim to make the 6:45 Barre class @ Equinox and get to bed early.
Have a great day!
Half way through the week today.. does anyone else feel like their weeks go by like such a blur? Like, one day just rolls into the next as a continuation of the previous? I definitely do… Some Friday mornings, I wake up and think, “where did the past 4 days go?? How is it Friday?" On one hand, I never complain when it’s Friday, but on the other, I don’t want to wish my life away either!
I cannot wait for winter to be over. I’m sick of having a chronic stuffy nose, cold symptoms, freezing mornings waiting for my car to warm up, needing 3 blankets to sleep, dark evenings by 5:00pm, and needing to plan things around the weather. As I type this, it just started snowing out my office window. Lovely… Now, I must admit, I really like snow, but by the time the end of February rolls around each year, I’m completely over it.
Hurry up Spring!
Since I have my second cold of the winter (ugh..), I am heading out this afternoon to get a green juice from Robeks.. I need to pump my body full of nutrients to kick this asap! Sam and I got the “Evergreen” juice the other day, and it was delish. It has kale, spinach, cucumbers, cellery, apple, and lemon. Juice along with vitamins, a hot steam at equinox tonight, green tea, and bed early tonight will hopefully do the trick… along with day dreaming about warm weather!
In the meantime, I’ll turn my negative winter thoughts around, and focus on positives. I mean, this is pretty much the last bit of it until next year, right?