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Barre3: Combo of Ballet, Pilates and Yoga

January 08, 2014

Searching for a low-impact, fun, effective workout? Love Pilates and Yoga? Definitely give Barre3 a try. This at-home program includes 5 workouts, a meal plan, a pre-made workout calendar, and ballet ball for under $40 - can't beat that! Workouts range from 30 mins to 60 mins, so its perfect for all schedules. As a busy law student, I barely have time to shower and sleep, but I love to workout and was desperately seeking a at-home program to solve my limited-time issue.

I've been an at-home workout activist since I was in the eighth grade. Being one of the few girls to develop early in life, my hips and butt popped out before the age of 12. Being a lover of all things food, I was gaining weight and feeling really awful about myself. The summer before starting high school I decided to try Pilates, which was all the rage at the time. I used a program created my Mari Winsor, called Winsor Pilates. Fun fact: Currently, Mari Winsor is Miley Cyrus' personal trainer. I completed the program with just a yoga mat and my own body as resistance. Within a few short weeks, the Pilates program toned my tummy, butt, and thighs - exactly what I was looking for. I've been a devotee to Pilates ever since, trying all sorts of programs and even purchasing a small at-home reformer by Malibu Pilates (sadly, it is no longer available for purchase). I tried vinyasa yoga about two years ago while on vacation with my family in Florida. Vinyasa yoga is a fast-pace version of traditional yoga and is usually done in a heated room. Nonetheless, I loved the workout, but it made me pass out. I guess that's what I get for trying to ditch my family for a few hours. It's sometimes difficult to find a moment of peace and solitude with them, but I love them anyway. I also have issues with my knees, so low-impact is essential, and yoga and Pilates allows for that. I have found that ideal workout, which combines all of my fitness loves, with Barre3.

I read about Barre3 in Marie Claire at Work (an insert included with my May 2013 issue) and the magazine praised the workout's ability to fit into any schedule. I was sold, but my budget did not allow me to make the purchase of the at-home program at that time. Barre3 was created by a busy mom searching to maintain her fitness goals. There are Barre3 studios in many states, as it is a franchise with a huge following. Additionally, I also love that they have an online program you can subscribe to, which allows for you to download workout videos to your computer or iPad/iPhone. I personally like my tried-and-true at-home workouts. Good old QVC aired this program back in October and it was on Easy Pay, so I finally was able to make my purchase. I wanted to wait until after the holidays, so I could get my eating habits back on track in the new year. I've been on the program for a little over a week and I am absolutely sold. After one workout, I felt my everything tightening up. It was amazing! Along with a healthful diet, you can definitely tone up and drop some lbs. with this program. The main trainer, Sadie Lincoln, uses small, concise moves to nip and tuck everything into place. She focuses on the arms, tummy, butt and thighs, which are most areas of concern for women. Again, as I mentioned in other posts, QVC has a simple 30-day return policy, so I say give it a try. You got nothing to lose and everything to gain (tone bod and a good dose of exercise)! or give her online downloadable programs a try!

Barre3 @ $37

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