Barre arms

You have so many options when it comes to barre arms. Here are the main sticking points though. Keep your weights between 1 & 3 lbs. Tiny movements or long series are meant for tiny weights, save the bigger weights for the big movements and longer rest breaks. I’m demonstrating 3 different positions you can use so that you a. Up your calorie burn, b. Don’t get bored, c. Keep the whole body working.

Start with push ups.

5 slow with wide hands, knees on the floor is totally acceptable.

5 regular count with wide hands.

5 tight hand/Pilates position so that elbow scrape your ribs.

5 with hands in diamond.

I’m happy to pst another video a different day to demonstrate.

Kneeling:

Knees should be fist distance apart and parallel. Toes can be curled under if it’s more comfortable to you. As you add in the lift and lower of the hips like I demo, you should be imagining your back sliding down a wall- your hips tuck under on the way down to keep them under your shoulders as best you can.

Parallel Chair:

Use the wall to slide yourself down so your hips are one inch above knee height, or as close as you can keep. Feet can be hip distance or zipped up. Heels high. Tuck your hips and press your low back into the wall.

Wide Second:

Walk your feet wider than your hips. Feet turned out toward 45 degrees (not a full turnout) so that heels are right under knees. Lower your hips down to knee height.

If one lower body option doesn’t work for you, try another. If you can do a little of each, do a little of each. If you can only do some arms with weights, do it. If you can’t do any? Focus on where the movement in coming from instead! Engage your body. Guess what? The push ups are just a suggestion. If they also don’t work for you- switch it up! These are options. Ways for you to play with your workouts. Want an exact workout to follow? Message me. I’ll make it happen. XO

Wellness

I got a question today about exercise abuse. We’ve all seen it. People using exercise as an escape- they usually choose one form until their body gives out in some way. The knees, the hips, the back… But they keep going. They reach for those endorphins. So, the question was, how do you urge someone to cross train to save their body? How do you get them to see that adding in yoga, Pilates, swimming- to a regular running routine will actually make them stronger? Better? How massage can help, and supplements or ease joint pain? We all think we know best for our body- so how do you nicely tell a loved one or friend that you think they are hurting themselves? Exercise can be as much of an addiction as anything and it takes balance to make it a healthy part of your life. It doesn’t have to be running, I’ve seen yoga addicts in studios as well. It could be any form.

What would you do?

New & different

In the world of exercise, most of us pick one form & stick with it. It becomes easy so we continue & then wonder why we don’t see results. The human body is an amazing machine. It can adapt to the most incredible circumstances, allowing us to survive unbelievable times. It also allows us to stop seeing results. We need to continue to evolve & be creative. 20 push-ups may leave you sore for a week initially but eventually, with practice, will feel like a cake walk. I have had the blessing in my life of being able to teach so many different formats that I am able to cross train, I love to swim and run and bike so my cardio changes with my mood. Yoga is always my go to favorite. I am naturally flexible & I love how much it challenges me & slows my regularly anxious mind. This past weekend I learned a different form of the barre method called Pure Barre. After 4 days of intense training and countless classes, I already see results. I’m very excited to teach this amazing method. It incorporates barre & Pilates in tiny movements, bringing your muscles to shake and fatigue like you wouldn’t believe possible. No matter what your chosen form of exercise is, this method will challenge you. It works you muscles to lift, tone and burn. It is the perfect compliment to any existing workout routine. And if you haven’t found a form of exercise you love yet, I highly recommend finding a studio in your area. It will be fast, you will be lost at first, and every class you go to will bring you more results, purely because your control will intensify & your understanding of the work will come together. It is low impact, and especially helpful for post-pregnancy bodies. It reminded me how far I have to go. It helped me realize how much I cheat myself my skipping things that are hard or when I let myself quit. Challenge yourself to try something new this week. Find muscles you didn’t know were there. It’s good for your muscles, joints, and your brain. They all need the challenge. Be open to change, be ready to hate whatever you choose while you’re doing it. But maybe, just maybe, you’ll love how you feel when you’re finished.

Be well!