I have an addiction

My name is Robyn … and I’m a barre-aholic.

Since I first posted about Pure Barre and took my first class, I ended up purchasing a one-month unlimited pass. Since last Wed I have already taken 6! There are so many reasons why I love this¬†class. Although each one follows the same outline of arms, thigh, seat, abs, back each instructor brings their own element to them keeping it diverse. The music is awesome (here’s a tip, download the Skyscraper remix and Never Leave This Bed remix). While the 55 min are tough I always want to push myself and sneak a little smile when the teacher calls me out by saying, “Great Job, Robyn.” In just 6 classes, I’ve already seen improvements. I can hold the full 90-second plank and go into the next plank position and I can reach around my toes when I stretch. Plus I’m definitely stronger. Yep, I can do this:

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I haven’t been on a scale since before I went G-Free, so while I don’t know if I’ve lost weight, I’ve never felt better.

Coming up… a review of a new pair of Lucy shorts (if only I could get my butt away from Pure for a session at the gym!)

 

Pure Barre NYC Review

I love to change up my workouts, but usually find that going out for a quick run is the most convenient. This week I’ve challenged myself to diversify, and boy did I. This morning my friend Ashley (check out her blog here) got up at the crack of dawn for a 6:30am Pure Barre class. To say that I was frightened is an understatement. I can run, I can do spin, but balance on my toes with a ball between my legs? Terrifying. The class claims that it’s a “a total body workout that lifts your seat, tones your thighs and burns fat in record-breaking time.” Unlike the times I’ve taken yoga where I’m not sure if I’m doing it right or if I’m working muscles, this I felt from the first minute. Our instructor was Meaghan and not only was she adorable and not intimidating in that I’m-hot-and-skinny-and-can-put-my-legs-over-my-head kinda way. She made Ash and I feel extremely comfortable. The class was tiny with just 4 of us so she was able to really focus on making sure we were doing things correctly. And I appreciate her moving her mic to the side when correcting me so I didn’t feel totally lame. Overall I loved the class and as I’m writing this not even 2 hrs later my arms and thighs are like jelly. Certainly a sign I did something right (I hope). The only segment I wasn’t a fan of were a bunch of ab exercises on the barre that I didn’t understand and couldn’t really do. But everything else I got a grasp on and was even able to push myself to go just a bit farther or stronger. The studio was clean and the music was fab, which I find very important. I hate classes with crappy music or straight-up dance/techno/wordless beats.

Right now there’s a deal in NYC on gilt city for 2 months of unlimited classes for 299. Yes, it’s pricey, but if you can afford it, it’s worth it. If I hadn’t just renewed my month of bootcamp I’d consider it and maybe freeze my gym membership. Regardless I hope to return. Ashley is probably buying the pack so I’m sure she’ll get me to come back for another hardcore sesh.

Have you ever tried any barre-type of classes?

A week in gluten-free living

Week 1 is done and I feel great! I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I’m eating healthy and eating clean, but since I started I’ve only had 1 tummy ache I can recall. Ironically, it was when I got home Saturday night after eating out (dinner at nice restaurants is a bit tricky for gfree) and drinking.

Here’s what my dinner menus looked like (breakfast and lunch were boring, but I cooked for din):

Monday: Steamed salmon with diced tomatoes and feta, quinoa and steamed broccoli with balsmamic
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Tuesday: Baked tilapia (frozen pack from Costco) with diced tomatoes, feta, leftover quinoa, brussel sprouts
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Wednesday: Gluten-free pasta topped with baked tilapia, diced tomatoes, feta, side of brussel sprouts. (Yes that’s a big bowl of sprouts, yes I ate them all).
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Thursday: Leftover g-free pasta with side of broccoli (not pictured)
Friday: Stir-fry veggies with shirataki, brown rice in a gluten-free soy/peanut butter sauce. I tried to make it thai, the leftovers were much better than the first night.
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