It’s March 1st!!!
I love the first day of March because it means we are inching our way towards the warmer weather, snow-free running paths and of course, flip flop season.
It’s also National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day but in my world, every day is peanut butter day.
Before I get to this week’s workout recap, I just wanted to talk about Pure Barre a little more in detail since I realized I have been doing the routine from home now for six months instead of taking the classes in the studio each week.
As you may already know, I rotate four different Pure Barre DVD’s from two separate series throughout the week and I really do love it!
This variety is awesome because the Mile High Series is slightly shorter and makes use of the little red ball for the exercises while the Studio Series is a bit longer, incorporating free weights and a yoga block.
The slight differences in each routine keep me from getting bored and continue to challenge me on a regular basis.
The results have been amazing. I can’t even imagine what my life was like or how I even ran before Pure Barre.
I look forward to the stretching segments and as much as those isometric movements can burn, they really do lift and tone the muscles.
Pure Barre is the perfect cross training for me and I totally notice the difference in how I feel when I run, not to mention, the strength in my core.
Of course I recommend you take an actual Pure Barre class but I absolutely recommend doing it from home!
I love the flexibility of having Pure Barre available to me whenever I feel like doing it and the price difference is certainly a big deal.
On average, a Pure Barre class is about $25/class. You can get the DVD version (which gives you endless access to the routine) for anywhere between $20-25/DVD or purchase a bundle which is what I did (two DVD’s plus socks, ball and/or block).
They also offer audio podcasts of the routine but I have yet to try that. I like being able to see the instructor, especially when the sequence of exercises are new to me.
If you have any questions at all about Pure Barre (or anything at all for that matter) please feel free to contact me!
Pure Barre Mile High & 6 Treadmill Miles
I really really wanted to run outside but the visible ice on the ground plus the black ice I couldn’t see was making that impossible.
More on this treadmill run tomorrow…
Pure Barre Studio Series & Gym Day (no running)
1. I am getting better at the planks in the Studio Series but I also find myself not caring very much if I do them the exact way the instructor says I should.
I can lift and lower one leg while in the plank position but I really don’t force myself to do so or to hold it for too long.
I decided that extending my plank holds or performing like some sort of plank magician is not that important to me. Is that bad? I don’t think so.
2. My gym workout looked like this:
20 minutes elliptical – > free weights for biceps/triceps (such a joke if you saw me) – > 20 minutes elliptical
8 miles (outside!)
I had to dodge the snow piles and weave around a bit of ice but it was awesome to be outside in the bright sunshine even if the temperature was only 21 degrees.
It’s sad when 21 with no wind feels warm, isn’t it?
Pure Barre Mile High & 6 Miles (outside)
20 degrees really isn’t so bad, especially when the wind is calm.
Speaking of calm, endorphins plus caffeine make me a really nice person.
Pure Barre Studio Series & 5.10 Miles (outside)
With my long run on schedule for Saturday, I didn’t want to overdo anything so I kept it real easy, chatted on the phone the entire time and headed home at the 5 mile mark.
It was about 15 degrees outside but the sun was shining bright so I bundled up and headed out. I wish I could find my Lululemon neck warmer already though! The fact that its been missing is getting old.
My phone died around the 9 mile mark from the cold temps but the genius that I am thought ahead and brought my battery back up charger which worked like a charm. What took me so long to think of this?
The best part about running is coming home to my favorite breakfast.
Everything just tastes that much better after you run, especially a long run.
I haven’t decided which series I will do yet and part of me wants to run a few easy miles too but I am not sure that I will.Why I love Pure Barre & Workout Recap @pure_barre #workoutrecap Click To Tweet
Do you take barre classes?
When is the next race on your calendar?
What do you eat after a long run?