This is a slightly different post from the norm. This past weekend I was able to combine two of my favorite things ( other than Pilates:)) and that is going to one of may favorite fitness apparel stores, Athleta and taking a Barre3 class. Athleta is an awesome fitness apparel store that has three locations here in Houston and they offer different free fitness classes in their stores.
As many of you know I like to change my exercise routine often, cross training is definitely something I promote, go ahead mix up your training routine.
A little background /insight on the workout, from the Barre3 website:
“We draw from multiple influences to create innovative classes that focus on length, grace, and a healthy body.
Sadie Lincoln, barre3 founder, works closely with a team of experts including yogis, professional dancers, doctors, and athletes to craft highly efficient workouts. Focusing on a unique combination of dynamic movement and isometric holds, the sequences work strategically to transform the body and develop long term postural benefits. A continuously evolving variety of movements keep the classes challenging, fun, and fresh. Whether you work out in the studio or at home, barre3 fits your life while enhancing it with greater functional strength, higher energy, and a sense of ease.
Athleta and Barre3 partnered up to allow fellow Houstonians to experience a live Barre3 class. Liz Fitzgerald, the Franchise Development Manager and Master Trainer Allison Beam came down and hosted/taught the classes this weekend, these two ladies were just so very nice and you could see their passion and love for the workout. Their excitement for upcoming session was contagious!!
Full disclosure, I have taken quite a few in studio Barre3 classes and the workout is phenomenal. This weekends class did not disappoint, yes I felt the burn and the shaking muscles. The workout is based on isometric holds, which work your muscles to their deepest point, the one inch moves increases your body temperature ( hello sweat!!) and the dynamic moves raises the heart rate.
If you are not able to experience a live class, (they have a few studios here in Texas), you can order the DVDs from their site or sign up for the online subscription classes. If you would still like to learn more, connect with them on Facebook .
What was your highlight from the weekend?