Author Archives: Elizabeth Ford

Gym Classy Lady: I Got The Inside Scoop On Barre Classes From A Bar Method Instructor

Gym Classy Lady: I Got The Inside Scoop On Barre Classes From A Bar Method Instructor

As a follow up to last week’s Bar Method review, I interviewed a friend, Stephanie, who fell so in love with the popular class she got a part time job teaching it. Stephanie’s been a student of Bar Method for a little over a year now and teaches several classes a week at the Washington, DC Bar Method Studio. I talked to her about what drew her to barre workouts, what the instructor training was like and what those trying barre class for the first time should know. More »

Gym Classy Lady: Newsflash! All Barre Classes Are Not The Same

Gym Classy Lady: Newsflash! All Barre Classes Are Not The Same

This week I’m back to the barre. With six months of Core Fusion Barre under my belt, I foolishly assumed a visit to boutique barre class the Nalini Method would be no big thing. Sigh—who can recommend a fun cardio class for me? Let’s just put to rest this lie I’ve been telling myself: I am NOT good at barre classes after all. Yet, by far, this is the least intimidating class of its kind (maybe of any kind) I’ve ever attended. More »

Gym Classy Lady: How I Keep Workouts Cost-Effective (Even In NYC)

Gym Classy Lady: How I Keep Workouts Cost-Effective (Even In NYC)

The greatest sticker shock I’ve found during my time in New York has easily been gym-related. First, it was the Equinox membership at $130/month (that price is now much higher). Then, it was the $35 per-class fee for designer spin classes. And I’ll never forget the conversation with a few friends about how they don’t actually work out in their lululemon yoga pants because they’re far too nice for that! More »

Gym Classy Lady: Finding Motivation To Go To The Gym When The Sun Starts Shining

Gym Classy Lady: Finding Motivation To Go To The Gym When The Sun Starts Shining

Like most people, my gym-going habits wax and wane a bit with the seasons. As it gets nice outside, it’s harder to motivate myself to spend time indoors at the gym. After-work rituals go from Pilates mats and kettlebells—more on the latter next week; I’m still too sore to reminisce—to happy hours and dining al fresco. Why go to the gym when you can get your exercise in walking home through the Upper West Side? More »