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
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Never has a fitness class infiltrated my world as quickly and universally as Bar Method. I heard coworkers discuss, saw brunch companions show up with a post-class glisten, watched brides-to-be brag about keeping regular schedules and dropping inches off nearly every appendage.
Apparently, it works. More
Why run boring laps around a park when you could run while being chased by zombies? More
In general, I subscribe to the Mindy Kaling School of Stress (TM). From her book,Â Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: â€œI do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear … More
For all the times Iâ€™ve paid extra to check a bag full of gym shoes and workout gear, Iâ€™ve almost never worked out on vacation. More
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. Sighâ€”who can recommend a fun cardio class for me? Let’s just put to rest this lie I’ve been telling myself:Â 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
What I’m trying to say here is that one of the best ways to exercise is to forget you’re actually exercising. And the best way to do that, I’ve found, is to get outta the gym and into the great outdoors!
Well, they say the third time is the charm. And not to ruin the end of this, but when it comes to aerial or hanging yoga, I think they might be right.
The greatest sticker shock Iâ€™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 Iâ€™ll never forget the conversation with a few friends about how they donâ€™t actually work out in their lululemon yoga pants because theyâ€™re far too nice for that! More
Ahh, barre classes: The Jazzercise of the 2010s. They’re popping up all over the country, in boutique fitness studios and local YMCAs alike. In Manhattan alone, we have all sorts of branded barre methods. If you start typing “barre” into Google, it auto-populates with “barre classes nyc.” More
Five fitness trends Gym Classy Lady is SO over, including: Free-range locker room nudity, Crossfit updates on social media and overly zen yogis. More
When it comes to exercise, Iâ€™m not quite lazy but I value efficiency. I want a class that works me from my blond roots to my red toenails, and if Iâ€™m not sore, what’s the point?Â Enter: kettlebells. These arenâ€™t for lazy people, but they are for fans of the efficient workout. More
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 kettlebellsâ€”more on the latter next week; I’m still too sore to reminisceâ€”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
Physique 57 is one of the original barre classes, but recently the Physique 57 founders have introduced a new option: Physique Cardioâ€”and they invited me to try it. More