Happy Monday! (And An Exercise Request…)

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A few things on this (rare) rainy morning in Southern California.

1. I redesigned my site again. Actually, D redesigned my site. Don’t we love D? I love D. Especially when he picks up on my very subtle clues that I’m needing a change. (You know, like staring out the window with a fake tear, shaking my head and muttering that I can’t continue my online presence. “It’s just too hard. The inspiration is GOOOONNNNE.”) He’s a doll, that one. Worked on it all weekend for me!

2. Aunt Flo came to visit this morning. I’m sure you all are thrilled to start off your week with that information, but let me just say, Aunt Flo visited after being 7 DAYS LATE. You know, I have a lot of big things planned for 2012, but another baby was really not one of them. I think I am electing myself President of the Two Is Enough Club.

3. Exercise! I realize I haven’t updated you all on my exercise routine after the boot camp post, but in March of this year, I hopped off the boot camp train and started doing small group Pilates on a reformer three times a week. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it had changed my body! However, after an unprecedented family discussion and vote (that Wita is quite the orator BABAAAAA DAHHHHGIE NOOOOOO), we joined a gym yesterday. (How dare they want to work out too! Assholes!) Starting this week, gone are the days of completely individualized instruction (BOO, but also gone are the ginormous monthly payments, YAY), and I’m a little nervous about losing the muscle tone and definition that I worked so hard to obtain, especially in my arms and back. (Which led me to do this Tracy Anderson video twice yesterday.)

Do you have any suggestions? I’m planning on getting my cardio via spinning and/or Elliptical, but in terms of toning, the gym offers a Barre-type class, as well as Mat Pilates. Do you all have any experience with those? Or great exercises I could do on all that meathead gym equipment? (Which totally intimidates the hell out of me, by the way. I’m skeered.)



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  1. I did Bar Method until I was 36 weeks pregnant and I can’t recommend it enough. And, this sounds lame, but I’m SO EXCITED to go back once I get the go ahead from my OB. My legs and arms are toned but not “bulky” and I have much better posture since starting. And, I truly believe my labor was easier because I continued the workouts throughout my pregnancy. But, you don’t need to worry about that part :-)

    • I think I’m going to try out the Barre class for sure…maybe a little Elliptical beforehand as well. Best part about all of this? CHILDCARE AT THE GYM! ;)

  2. I did small group Reformer pilates for one year, once a week, and I miss it so much. But it was unbelievably expensive. There’s really nothing like it though, although I haven’t tried Tracy Anderson yet. I heart Pilates but it also pisses me off that it costs so much! A family gym membership is an idea our little family of three might do sometime in the future. Could you still do the pilates classes once a week?

    • Martha, I am going to miss it so much too!! I think you’re right about the reformer – there is nothing quite like it…I’ve done it all, and my body has never looked so lean and defined. It’s just not in the cards right now, budget-wise. :(

  3. My friend taught the bar method for a couple years, and she had the most insane body. Insane!

  4. NIKE TRAINING CLUB APP!!! It’s free and leaves me sore for days. I’ve been using this app for the past year. Without fail, I can’t walk the following two days. You don’t need a lot of equipment – medicine ball, dumb bells and a mat. There are over 60 workouts which focus on getting you lean, tone or strong. It has videos to show you how to properly do the exercises – and you pick out your own music! I love it.

    http://www.nike.com/nikewomen/features/ntc?locale=en_US

  5. First, yay new site! It looks lovely! Secondly, hurrah for Aunt Flo. I was there this summer, and there really is no greater joy than that sweet, sweet relief.

    Thirdly…I used to do Pilates mat classes and loved them. I’ve done a Bar Method class and some Barre style classes at a gym and both kicked my ass in the best way.

    • Thanks, Amy! And yes, SWEET, SWEET RELIEF. (I wouldn’t even take a pregnancy test…total denial.)

  6. I do quite a bit of mat pilates, which I love. I don’t know how it compares to the reformer version though. I’m guessing the reformer is a whole different level as far as intensity, but I would the think the mat version would be the same basic principles?

    • I think it’s definitely the same principles, just not as intense, but I’m thinking you could make it as hard as you want! Gonna check it out, for sure.

  7. Barre classes changed my life. They really will change your body. My cousin does (and now teaches!) a combo barre-spinning class, which is basically the two classes back to back, and she looks absolutely amazing all the time.

  8. So here’s the deal with the meathead gym equipment: timing. The equipment itself is fine once you learn the lay of the land, but you must time your visit carefully or you may find yourself in the middle of Meathead Sea. Which IS intimidating. A little reconnaissance should do it, then you can create your meathead-free schedule.

  9. But you make such pretty babies!!!!

    Also, after our previous conversation you know that I’m right there with you. I just submitted my “Please do something about my site” plea yesterday. Let us pray.

  10. I joined a fancy gym in my early 20s that required an initiation fee – which basically means I am stuck here for my whole life. It bums me out because I want to go to Barre classes or boot camps, but I have to work with what my gym offers. Luckily, I have found they offer a lot! I am really into Zumba right now. At first I thought it was ridiculous and silly, but it is a great workout and actually a lot of fun. I also sometimes take spin classes, a weights class (like body pump? my gym calls it max force), and my gym’s version of a boot camp class (fit training). I find that the key for me is to find a class I really like, take it until I am sick of it, and then switch. Oh, and I just avoid the “main part” of the gym because it depresses me to get on a treadmill. I am much more motivated with a teacher and seeing the same group of people in the class, but I am kind of lazy and need peer pressure.

  11. HOORAY FOR AUNT FLO!!! And welcome to the Two Is Enough Club :)

  12. Hi Sarah

    When I jumped ship on my reformer class (loved loved loved it, but just too expensive long term), I moved to group mat classes which were very effective at kicking my ass as well.

  13. Any chance your gym is Equinox? I see they have one in your area. If so, email me! I am an expert on their group fitness classes!

  14. Oh and BTW, as a Pure Barre snob, I will say you will be disappointed if the bar class they have doesn’t use the barre. I have taken the barre class at my gym and it is just NOT THE SAME.

    • As a reformer snob (and from what I hear from those who have done both), I have a feeling I might be disappointed regardless. BUT I WON’T LET THEIR WORDS SWAY ME, SLYNNRO.

  15. I’ve always wanted to try the reformer pilates but dang! It’s so expensive even at my community center gym. I have taken Pure Barre and Pop Physique classes. Pure Barre – wasn’t really into & didn’t get a great vibe. Pop Physique at the Camp in Costa Mesa – SO AMAZING! I mean, I thought I was going to die in the first 5 minutes but it was an amazing workout. I initially tried them with a Groupon – they seem to have them often so be on the lookout. Great way to try something without a total commitment! I can’t wait to go back next month!

    • I haven’t heard of Pop Physique! I’ll definitely keep my eye out for a Groupon. Thanks, Michelle!

  16. Yay for gyms with childcare! I haven’t tried the Barre class yet, but after reading the comments I must try it! (BTW, they do use the barre). There’s a yoga class right after spin class that is supposed to be insane too. It’s fast paced and will kick your booty.

    • Oh yay on using the barre! Slynnro would be pleased. :)

      I just want to warn you that if we happen to do any spin/cardio classes together, you might need to pick me up off the floor. That’s one thing about the reformer, it doesn’t really get your heart pumping!

  17. My gym has this computerized program called Fitlinxx that can track your weight-lifting and cardio workouts (and any classes you take at the gym). At the end of the month, the computer e-mails you a progress report that tells you how many calories you burned (in ice-cream sundaes) and how many pounds you lifted (in African elephants!). I love having the data. It keeps me motivated to stay at my goal levels. If you have this at your gym, definitely enroll in Fitlinxx. It’s typically free.

    I used to do mat Pilates (loved it!), but now you have me dying to try Reformer. And the day my gym gets a Barre class, I’ll be the first to sign up.

  18. frequent reader, infrequent commenter…but had to jump in to say I love the site redesign :)

  19. Love the new site design!

  20. I love the site. Oh how I wish I had an exercise routine.

  21. Is it a 24 hour? If so try piyo or body fusion. Finally after about 4+years i got back to my group fitness obsession. Zumba is so funny but you love to dance and if you enjoy watching peeps it is amusing. Mat pilates is different but still hard because it is all you! Look forward to the updates.

  22. Barre classes are THE BEST. I hated all group exercise class with the heat of a thousand suns. But, barre classes? LOVE with an equal passion.

  23. Pilates Addict here, 5 year running. If you wanna join my duo for an uber discount, you would be welcomed.

  24. oh hey, D knows you well. :)

  25. I love the site redesign! That D is something else. So PERFECT. And the pic works fabulously, too.

  26. Amy Harmon says:

    I have a hard time w my ADD at the gym and i look at the machines and weights and can’t decide what body part i want to work on…blah blah…I found this ap on my iphone…its fantastic! “body fitness” app…you can pick out which area you want to work on and it gives you tons of exercises and shows you exactly how to do it even. I just have a very very hard time pushing myself! Try it!
    Also, I am sure your gym has body pump, weight lifting class of some sort…I would def try one. Resistance training is ESSENTIAL for me.

  27. Yay for Aunt Flo, although you guys do make some pretty babies.

    The best part of a gym membership for me is the childcare. My son really enjoys that hour in there. He asks to go to the gym so it helps get me in there too. Spin and body pump classes seem to give me a good balance of cardio and weight conditioning. Have fun finding your new groove!

  28. Oh, I am obsessed with my reformer classes. (Though I can only afford them once or twice a week). Your gym doesn’t offer them? I have taken a mat class. I liked it okay but I have found that the reformer class makes me work harder in yoga now. If I take a Vinyansa class (instead of a relaxing Hatha Class) I can FEEL more core now and work harder. It’s like the reformer class helped me recognize muscles I didn’t know I had. SO you could try yoga? But I also like my cardio interval classes too.
    Good luck.
    And also? I pulled the trigger on the Oribe spray. It’s pretty great but do you see a difference between that and the Aveda Air Control? I have been obsessed for Air Control for years and they seem to do similar things? But the oribe smells better!
    Best,
    Tina

    • My gym does offer the reformer classes, but they are an additional (huge) charge.

      I have never tried the Aveda Air Control, so I can’t really speak to any similarities or differences between the two.

  29. In my early 20s, I went to a gym in DC that had a kick ass pilates mat instructor. Kick. Ass. Since moving to Houston, I have had very little luck finding anything that compares (and I’ve been looking for seven years now). In fact, I have turned in feedback cards at my current gym telling the management that they need to cancel all their mat classes because the instructors are so awful. Tres disappointing. However, I recently came across a website called pilatesanytime.com- online mat pilates videos (and reformer, etc if you happen to have the equipment at home)! I’ve gone through a couple and found some instructors that I like more than others, and now I just do one of those at home a couple times a week. For $18 a month, you really can’t beat it. I think you would need to go to a couple of mat classes in person, just to get the gist of the classes, but once you know the patterns and routines, this is a great option.

  30. OMG I think I had a PTSD type flashback when you said you did a Tracey Anderson video *twice.* I was picturing the postnatal workout DVD that I did a handful of times and while the workout was fine (boring even) the cuing was so bad I could not even keep it in the house. Can’t argue with her results, though.

  31. As a “meathead” myself, I can attest to the fact that nothing will change the shape of your body like lifting weights – Don’t be intimidated, we all had to start somewhere!

  32. I have no words of wisdom or suggestions to share, but I am loving the comments in this post.

    I have heard amazing things about the Barre method and have always wanted to try it. Right now, I do the Chalean Extreme dvds at home and I have really noticed a difference. It is mostly weight training lifting pretty heavy weights. But I really like it. Each workout is less than 40 minutes and I can do it in my living room. Perfect for when the baby naps.

    Good luck with the new gym and keep us posted on how you like it.

  33. Nice new redesign. It’s very clean and easy to navigate.

  34. Dude, I’m watching that video, and I can’t believe it’s only 5 minutes long, it seems to go on forever! I just started doing reformer Pilates – only once a week but for an hour. Since I am sharing a class with someone else it’s only $40 a session, which is a steal. I’m also doing yoga twice a week and weight training once a week, and cardio four – five times a week. Now if I could just stop eating… :)

  35. Tabata, tabata, tabata!! If you’re gym has it, do it. Best group exercise workout I’ve ever done. And I’ve tried everything from barre method, to spin, to pilates. (Never tried reformer, though. Just found a studio a few blocks from me and am definitely going to try it out!)

  36. I cringe at how I must sound…yoga. 4 days a week (for me).

    I know, when a movie star is all “Oh, I just do yoga!” I kind of want to scream mean things…but….yeah.

    I started a couple of years ago, by accident. Nursing a minor running injury, had lots of time on my hands and filled it with yoga a few days a week. Two years later, I’m just finishing a 200-hour yoga teacher training. (Might’ve gone a bit overboard there, but still…I’m obsessed.)

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