Monday, March 13, 2017

My Experience At Barre Body Studio

I recently had the chance to try the Barre Body Studio with the Alberta Blog Squad. While this wasn't my first Barre class it was my first time taking a class at a strictly Barre studio. 
We arrived at the studio and my first thought was "wow, this is beautiful." The entrance is well lit, trendy and clean. The ladies at the front desk had big smiles on our face and took the time to introduce themselves which I really appreciate. After grabbing our signed waivers we were directed to the changing rooms. The rooms are also gorgeous with lockers, bathrooms, showers and big mirrors with complimentary hair dryers and products.

We made our way into the studio (I believe there are two but we didn't get a tour so I'm not positive.) and grabbed the equipment we would need for the class. Today, it was three and five pound weights, a band, a disc and a small ball. Spoiler: Who knew some little equipment would cause so much sweat and pain, ha ha!
We started by warming up off the barre before picking up the weights. Despite only using three and five pound weights my arms were screaming by the end of it. The reps are intense and there's little or no breaks.
Then, it was on to the barre for some lower body work. Chair sits, especially while balancing on a disc, are tough. I love that this photo captured just how difficult it was. My legs were shaking so much!

Someone told me I likely wouldn't sweat much in the class. Um, yeah, that was not the case. I was dripping sweat and even had to stop to pin the bangs back at one point. 

Overall, I loved my experience at Barre. I don't think this would be something I would want to do all the time but rather something to supplement my current activities. I think it's all personal preference though as I know a lot of my friends love the low-impact workout and can't get enough. I know my legs were sore for days.

Thanks for hosting the Alberta Blog Squad BBS! 

Friday, March 10, 2017

What Does A Runner Look Like?

I spent the four-and-a-half hours of drive time to Calgary this weekend listening to Kelly's podcast. If you haven't already listened to it, go to Itunes/Google Play now and download it. Kelly is one of my favourite humans. She's hilarious, down-to-earth, motivating, inspiring and beautiful inside-and-out.

  She's working towards her goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. In order to run the Boston Marathon (besides charity options) you have to run a certain time, based on your age and gender, and then even sometimes that's not good enough because of registration numbers. For Kelly, that means setting a 3:30 minute marathon goal. A year and a half ago, Kelly broke the four hour marathon for the first time. She's coming along way and that's all because of her hard work, commitment and dedication.


What I love about Kelly is her honesty. She's raw. She makes running more real than ever before. She is breaking down barriers and encouraging others to do the same. She started the #SportsBraSquad; a social media movement to encourage women to shed their shirts and feel comfortable in their own skin while working out. One of her podcasts really struck a cord with me. She was talking about how a lot of running brands don't have realistic models promoting their gear and how some people's expectations of how they should look is skewed because of it. 
Then, she said something I love "Strong Doesn't Look A Certain Way It Feels A Certain Way."

It got me thinking.
Why do brands have models that don't look like everyone buying their clothes?

What message are they sending?

Kelly isn't the only one empowering women. Last year, my beautiful, talented and strong mama friend Dorothy also started a movement called #IHaveARunnersBody. She wants people to know that runners aren't supposed to look a certain way. It's simple, if you run, you have a runners body. 
Dorothy also, recently, shared comparison photos of herself during a race to show we are worth more than just a photo.
I love that message.

I've had my share of struggles with my body image. Last year, I wrote about (more like 30) pound weight gain and the time I was mocked (specifically my thighs) during a race. It was tough. YES, I cried, a lot, I called my mom for support and I turned to friends, and counselling, for help. At times, I didn't feel like I could run anymore because of the weight gain. Everything felt harder.
Then, one day I woke up and realized it didn't matter that I was slower or that I wasn't running 25-30 miles a week I was still a runner. I built off that and started going back to the gym. I started lifting weights and focused on getting stronger. I started running again but stopped focusing on distance and speed.

I put away the scale.
I started setting goals that weren't focused on just health and fitness.

Today, I'm thankful for women like Kelly and Dorothy for encouraging women to embrace who they are and the way they look. For teaching us to love ourselves. For calling out brands that aren't setting good examples and for being a part of this amazing running community that sees right through the bullshit.

So, here's to the runners. You beautiful runners.

If you're a runner go look in a mirror. That's what a runner looks like.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thinking Out Loud #72

I'm taking a break from re-capping my fitness weekend adventures to bring back Thinking Out Loud. It's been a few weeks since I linked up with  Amanda with all my random thoughts so here we go.... 

1. I'm officially a certified Orangetheory Fitness coach!!! I submitted my video last week and, on Saturday, found out the Canadian head trainer had given me a passing grade. This has been almost a year in the making since I took my first OTF class with the blog squad and decided I wanted to be a fitness coach! I contacted the Lethbridge studio owner, in April 2016, and we met up a couple days later. I started working, in sales, in June and then took my Personal Training certification in July and have been working on becoming a coach since the studio opened in October. I'm proud of myself and excited to start officially teaching classes and becoming the best coach I can be! If you are local and want to come try a free class, with me, message me!

2. I'm going to be a little busy coming up. Besides coaching at OTF, my full-time job at CTV, being a mom and having a social life I'm also going to be covering our local hockey team during the playoffs. That means my life is up in the air for the next little bit. I hope they go far this year because it's a great group of staff, and players, and it'd be fun to go far with them again. Plus, it's always fun to travel for work. Last year, they lost in the first round in Regina which was disappointing.

3. London and I are going to watch their game Saturday night. London loves the Canes and loves going to their games. I love taking him and watching him get excited. I can't wait for our date night.

4. I have piles of laundry sitting on my floor to put away. I love doing laundry but I hate putting it away. I'll even sort it into piles, on my bed, as I'm folding it but then I usually end up putting the piles on the floor next to my bed and they sit there for days! Anyone else hate putting laundry away??

5. I had a great first nutrition session with Kim this past weekend.We talked about setting some goals and one of mine is to restrict eating lunches out to twice a week. We eat out a lot at work (like every day) so this is something I really want to try and change. So far, this week, I've had one lunch out and brought my lunch twice so I'm on track! Another goal is to eliminate mindless snacking in the evening.


Alright, that's all I have time for today. Time to run and pick up my little man from daycare. Happy Thursday! I'll be back to review my experience at Barre Body Studio soon!