60 minute Total Body Barre3 Online workout
Yesterday, I was quickly reminded the existence of my hip and glute muscles is still a thing. I had been dying to get into barre classes right around this time last year, but unfortunately never made it to a studio. I haven't set foot in a gym since last August, and I haven't participated in group exercise class for a year or so (I think my last class was yoga actually). Not that I don't love taking classes - I do! But I admit that I prefer the convenience of working out at home most days. I'm much more likely to do it if all I have to do is walk to my basement! I've been slowly purchasing my own equipment over the years to build my own home gym, and I feel it's a better investment for myself than shelling out money for a hefty gym membership every month. When I want to change it up and participate in a more "group exercise class" activity, I turn to Xfinity On Demand, where they have plenty of options ranging from cardio, dance, kickboxing, sculpting, pilates and yoga.
Two of my favorite low-impact workouts are pilates and yoga. Sometimes if I'm lucky, I'm able to catch a yoga-based pilates segment On Demand, but they're pretty rare to find most times. I like these workouts because they mix pilates-based strength movements and core exercises that get your heart-rate up with yoga stretching. I always feel really great after these workouts.
Barre3 is basically a fusion of ballet barre, yoga, and pilates. So finally, I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a barre3 online monthly membership. It's only $15/month and you get access to unlimited videos. I like the convenience of being able to the workouts right at home. Many of the workouts require light hand-weights, a chair, and their special 'core ball' - I don't have any weights lighter than 8 lbs, so I used 2 water bottles, and instead of the core ball, I used a small pillow. These replacements did the trick!
You can cater your workout any way you want really. They offer different lengths of time (10, 30, 40, and 60 minutes) and you can choose the area you wish to focus: total body, prenatal, postnatal, upper body, lower body, or core. I went all in for the 60-minute total body workout - because apparently, I like torture (kidding!) In all seriousness, this workout kicked my ass. The instructor referred to their special technique as the barre3 "one-inch method" - where you engage a muscle, lift an inch, then lower, and repeat for as many repetitions as the instructor says, working the deep muscles. The first few reps, I was all "this isn't so bad", but then after 2 minutes of constant repetition, I was shaking and found myself having to take breaks. Even after all the torturous repetitions I was forced to engage in, I was hooked. I actually can't wait to go home and try another workout tonight after my run.