Topic: Gym Classy Lady

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: The Time I Tried Adult Sports Leagues (Or, How I Met My Future Husband)

Gym Classy Lady: The Time I Tried Adult Sports Leagues (Or, How I Met My Future Husband)

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 »

Gym Classy Lady: Every Kind Of Exercise Sucks…Until It’s Awesome

Gym Classy Lady: Every Kind Of Exercise Sucks…Until It’s Awesome

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!” Eventually, I had to come to terms with a simple, but important fact: Nobody actually likes running. (I also learned another important platitude: Never compare yourself with others. It doesn’t go well for you or them.) More »

Gym Classy Lady: Restorative Yoga Restored My Actual Enjoyment Of Yoga

Gym Classy Lady: Restorative Yoga Restored My Actual Enjoyment Of Yoga

Like most things sweat-related, I have a love-hate relationship with yoga. We first met in college, when I took “Stretch and Relax” to satisfy a semester’s worth of gym credits (thank you, University of the South). The harmless name aside, it was something like restorative yoga masquerading as the world’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 »