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
Topic: Gym Classy Lady
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€śI do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear … 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
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
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
It’s a weird little world, this marathon watching thing. You wake up early to go stand on a corner and scream at strangers to encourage them to keep going, to endure the pain for the finish line, and somehow, you’re left inspired. More
It occurs to me that, if you’re basing anything off my prior three reviews, you’d think I don’t really like working out. Or that I give a lot of threes and fours for things I don’t love. Regardless, I thought I’d change it up and spend today telling y’all about the class I love the most: Les Mills’ BODYCOMBAT. More
Ahh, Valentine’s Day, the licorice of holidays. Everyone either loves or hates this day. And while I don’t really have an opinion either way, I’m in favor of any holiday that gives me an excuse to eat more candy and give punny cards (seriously: “I choo choo choose you,” what’s not to love about that?) so I guess I fall on the love side. And I’m kind of OK with that. More
At first, I thought it was me. What do you mean, this isn’t working? “I can change! I’ll try harder,” I thought. I tried to rationalize my behavior, my outlook. I fell into the dangerous trap of comparing myself with others (thanks in part to the internet), thinking: “If she can figure out how to be a runner, so can I!”Â Eventually, I had to come to terms with a simple, but important fact: Nobody actually likes running. (I also learned another important platitude:Â Never compare yourself with others. It doesn’t go well for you or them.) More
Like most things sweat-related, I have a love-hate relationship with yoga. We first met in college, when I took â€śStretch and Relaxâ€ť to satisfy a semesterâ€™s worth of gym credits (thank you, University of the South). The harmless name aside, it was something like restorative yoga masquerading as the worldâ€™s easiest gym credit. Every week, we did downward facing dog and warrior and afterwards, my roommate and I went back to our room and spent the rest of the afternoon in a sleepy haze. It was truly a Zen experience. More