I have tried just about every type of fitness class out there, and have finally found what works for me.
I took my very first Bar Method class in January 2012 and became an instant addict. Being a former dancer, I loved the ballet inspired technique along with the fusion of pilates and hint of yoga. I used to dance ballet until high school but could never imagine my adult self shashaying up in a leo, tights, and slicked back bun for a class. I have tried pilates and decided it was just not my thing, nor was it something that I could stick with for longer than a week. I have sampled numerous variations of yoga classes and just couldn’t handle the “ommmms” and “sighs” and would burst out laughing in the dead silence of class. The Bar Method is all of the best aspects of each technique mixed into one. You have the ballet bar along with perfect posture, pilates style movements, and yoga stretches after each muscle group is worked. All along with fun poppy music to get you pumped in your lululemon gear. I take Bar Method classes 4-5 days per week and like to throw in some running (outdoors of course) on the opposite days.
If you just don’t like working out, or are in serious need of some motivation I may have a solution for you:
Try all different types of fitness classes:
So you hate the gym, and running just isn’t for you? There are thousands of group exercise classes out there (yoga, pilates, spinning, aerobics, dancing, martial arts, boxing). Checkout websites beforehand, because most studios offer your “first class free” so why not take advantage and give it a go?
Make it fun by grabbing a friend and trying something new. After all, most classes are only one hour long.
I remember my first spinning class with my two close friends. I didn’t think I was going to make it through the next “out of saddle” leg of our class and almost fell off of the bike laughing every time our instructor yelled “UP!!!!” with a crazy over exaggerated arm movement and Britney Spears blasting in the studio. I didn’t fall in love with spinning that day, but I do get a nice laugh every time I think about the experience.
Get some new gear:
When I am lacking motivation to workout, I treat myself to some new goodies from Nike or Lululemon. No one said that working out can’t be fashionable! There is something so exciting about a new pair of yoga pants, or a fresh pair of running shoes and sometimes, that’s all you need to get into the groove again.
I know, some of you are going to think I’m crazy… but hear me out.
Sometimes I have those days where I wakeup, look in the mirror as I’m brushing my teeth and say “wahhh.” Yes, I too have my insecure, downer moments where I don’t like the way I look and therefore don’t want to go out in public, let alone a gym or workout class. I have found that getting a little dolled up for my workout makes those days much more bearable. If you look good and feel confident and happy with the way you look, you will be that much more excited to go workout. I’m not telling you to pile on the make-up like Kim K, or to go get a professional blow out before your sweat session, but a little tinted moisturizer with some waterproof mascara, swipe of golden bronzer, and a chic color coordinated outfit could give you the confidence you need.
Schedule your workouts:
I like to schedule my workouts for the upcoming week on Sundays. My Bar Method classes have to be reserved online and often fill up fast, which is reason to sign up beforehand. I also like to pick out my running days for the week, and write down my route or type of run for each day. This way I have time set aside for my workouts, and the excuse “I don’t have time” is instantly eliminated.
Lay out your clothes the night before:
If you are scheduled for an early a.m. run or workout before heading to the office, get your socks, shoes, pants, shirt, undergarments, headphones, and ipod ready the night before. Having your workout clothes ready for you cuts down your prep time and another excuse to not go.