Sticking to a routine has always been hard for me. Any type of routine, really, but fitness ones are the worst of all. I do so good for like 3 weeks and then I just drop it once I see I lost a pound or two. That’s not okay.
I wrote about My Fitness Pal, a few weeks ago, and while I’m still sticking to it, the 30 day shred just wasn’t for me. I need something that isn’t repetitious, something that’s going to keep me on my toes.
Barre3 is a fitness class that fuses ballet, yoga, and pilates all into one exercise. Their motto is to fit your needs, “Whatever works for you.” And I love that. Unfortunately for me, there is not a studio near me (or anywhere in Illinois, actually), so I do my classes online, but I think I like that better because I prefer to workout by myself. I also really love that you get to choose your workouts depending on how much time you have. They offer classes that are 10, 30, 40, and 60 minutes long, and have a large range of exercises working on a specific part of your body, and a slew that work on your entire body all in one workout. It’s really awesome. The best part with doing the classes online is that they’re more flexible for the “mom schedule”. Basically whenever you have time, Barre3 is there, waiting and willing.
Barre3 has a challenge called “28 to Great“. You pay 28 dollars, and the program is 28 days long. You workout 6 days a week, with workouts ranging from 10 to 60 minutes. They send you a Barre3 ball and a booklet that has the exercises mapped out and organized for you to do a different one each day, along with some menu ideas.
I will go ahead and admit right away that because I am such a picky eater, the menu didn’t really appetize me, although I am still making it a habit to eat better, and cleaner. However, I absolutely love that they have all of my workouts laid out for me. I never have to guess what I’ll be doing next, or pick and choose which time frame to workout with each day….because I would probably always do the 10 minute ones, let’s be real.
I am currently in week two. I started last week, after we got home from being in the hospital with Olivia. I do the workouts at night, after she’s asleep. It’s much more peaceful that way. I have already noticed my energy level go up, I’m more relaxed, and I even notice a little bit more definition in my legs and arms.
I am really obsessed with these workouts. They aren’t too strenuous, but man do you feel it the next day. They’re tough, but very doable, and the workouts are definitely different than the moves you’re used to.
In between the wedding, Olivia, and everything in the middle, Barre3 is exactly what I needed. I measured myself at the beginning and I plan to share the results when the challenge is over (which is on the 26th!) After the 28 to Great challenge is over, I do plan to continue to use Barre3. I love the idea of working Barre3 workouts into my everyday routine, because that really is the end goal- not losing a dramatic amount of weight (although I do hope I shed a few pounds!), instead, just living a healthier, fit lifestyle, and continue to be a positive role model for Olivia.
So tell me, have you ever heard of Barre3? Do you plan on giving it a try? Let me know!