Monday, August 22, 2016

30-Minute Barre Workout

One doesn't have to go very far to find a barre class. This popular group fitness format takes on a variety of different names, all of which represent one common thing: muscle burn from moves traditionally seen in ballet classes. At our gym, we call it "Barre Fit" and we incorporate exercises NOT traditionally seen in barre-style classes.

We don't have an actual barre in our studios, so creativity is a must. I teach a 60-minute class once a week, and I narrowed it down to 30 minutes this past weekend for a special event. (Lucy Activewear came to my gym for a trunk show!)

Pin this for when you need a 30-minute, no-equipment, at-home barre workout:

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Before I get to the nitty gritty details of the workout, let me share this:

I am an ACE-certified personal trainer and  group fitness instructor, but I don't know your specific needs. Please speak with your physician before trying anything new. And always listen to your body. Your safety and good health is incredibly important.

There, I said it.

So here's the actual workout:

workout, barre, fitness, exercise at-home workoutRun through it twice to create a 30-minute barre workout. Repetitions are noted. Adjust as needed based on your individual needs. I'm sure the wide squats are self-explanatory, but here's a closer look at some of the other not-so-obvious exercises:

Lunge with Step In

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Start off in a lunge position, then step your back foot in. Leave your weight on the front foot so your back foot can move freely. Engage your core to support your low back, keep your back straight, and keep your hands off your knee. Shift to the other side when you finish your repetitions.

Hip Press: In and Out

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From your hip press position, walk the feet out one at a time, then walk them back in. Repeat, maintaining your hip press position throughout.

Hip Press: Kicks

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Yes, you've been holding that hip press this whole time. Don't give up! Bring your knee into your chest, then extend your leg straight up to the sky. Shift to the other side when you finish your repetitions.

Leg Extension Crunches

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Lie down on your back, then extend your legs and arms. Lift both up off the floor a few inches, pressing your low back into the floor. Crunch up and over your left knee. This is your first repetition. Complete (12) by alternating knees, then relax.

Around the World Leg Circles
You can find a description of this exercise HERE. It's one of my favorites!
Note that I also like to call them "rotating leg lifts."

Barre Plank

I love this core exercise. It's a plank variation that works for me every time I do it. Set the clock, feel the burn... just keep your hips low and in line with your shoulders and ankles to make it really effective.


I built the workout with flow in mind, so try to move smoothly from one exercise to the next. Be sure to warm up and cool down appropriately, and drink water as you go.

Need musical inspiration? Here's a 30-minute playlist that works:

1) Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
2) Wild Things - Alessia Cara
3) This Is What You Came For - Rihanna
4) Change - Churchill
5) You Know You Like It - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge
6) Lean On - Major Lazer
7) I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) - Mike Posner
8) Four Walls - Broods

Like my outfit?
I bought it from Lucy Activewear.

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Top: Let It Be Bra Tank in Fig
Pants:  Revolution Run Tight in Multi Triangulate

Questions about the workout? Lemme know: tara (at) adailydoseoffit (dot) com!

Question: If you can only have 30 minutes to exercise, what's your workout of choice? Why?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Fitness Fashion: A @lucyactivewear Trunk Show #lucyletsgo

Yesterday was so much fun. Lucy Activewear brought all of their latest gear to my gym for a trunk show. We started the day off with a 30-minute Barre Fit class, then followed it up with muffins, mimosas and plenty of shopping.

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I've spent the last five months not blogging diving into my job at the gym. I really, really love my job. Both the people and the place itself are so great, and I want to honor that by going above and beyond. When someone told me that Lucy would come out for a trunk show, I jumped on it. My town is small and the shopping options (especially for fitness fashion) are few and far in between. Bring in the shopping? Yes. Let's do it.

Tie it to my Barre Fit class? Even better.

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I normally teach a 60-minute Barre Fit class, but decided to limit this special class to 30 minutes because #shopping. So we got right to it. Sweat factor = through the roof. But my girls were troopers and I think they all had fun getting their workout on.

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Look at my barre squad. Beauties, all of them:

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I wore the Studio Hatha capri legging in the "blurred floral" print.

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They're even cuter up close:

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Seriously, all of the new Lucy gear is so cute!

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We all had such a hard time trying to decide what to get. In addition to the capris above, I also picked up:

1) Yoga Girl Long Sleeve in Lucy Black
2) Do Everything Cuffed Pant in Moss Green Flint
3) Let It Be Bra Tank in Fig
4) Revolution Run Tight in Multi Triangulate

Guys, the Hatha capri leggings fit so well. They come in close as the most comfortable leggings I've ever worn. And don't even get me started on how awesome the cuffed pants are. Comfortable, yes, but also quite stylish so you can basically wear your pajamas out in public. I wore them yesterday and almost forgot to take them off before bed. Lucy Activewear has quite the selection! Not exactly cheap, but I'm of the mindset that spending a little more on something so high quality is on-par with perfection. I'll have this stuff forever if I can manage to take care of it.

My only regret from yesterday (besides not buying everything I wanted)—I didn't take a picture with the awesome Lucy girls that came from the Water Tower store in Chicago. Ugh!

Coming soon: The 30-minute Barre Fit class we did yesterday (and the playlist I used, too). 

Question: What's your take on activewear pricing? Do you save up for high-quality pieces or splurge repeated on lower-priced items? Have you ever been to a fitness fashion trunk show?


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