My Workout Routine

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I’ve never been into working out hardcore at a gym. Even though I’ve had several trainers (and spent lots of $$ in the process) I never really enjoyed the process of working out with scary machines. To me, it was always intimidating! Several months ago I decided to go back to the gym, again, after months of not working out because I was so busy (excuses, excuses!) so I signed up at a local gym and during the 4 months I was signed up I went a grand total of 9 times, yes 9 times!! It was not the best use of my money, to say the least.

My excuses were usually along the lines of me thinking I was too busy and I’m traveling too much for work. I used to think these were the real reasons why I was not working out when in reality, this wasn’t the case. Long story short, I decided to cancel my membership and went on the hunt for the perfect workout routine for me. It took me a while, but I’m so excited to say I finally found something that makes me feel and look great and most importantly, that I look forward to doing.

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my workout routine, xtend barre, barre workout, fitness-1 copy

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Barre Workout

So I mentioned how I used to say I didn’t have time to go to the gym, well it was all an excuse, because the reason why I was not going it was because it was boring to me, I didn’t enjoy it! Remember, working out should be something that you enjoy and look forward to doing. I’ve heard so many good things about barre workout, mainly due to all of the top models instagraming pics of their routines.

I decided to give this a chance and I found Xtend Barre, a Boston-based boutique fitness studio. Xtend Barre is a workout that has elements of dance, ballet ,and pilates that strengthens and lengthens the body.  This was all so important to me because at that time I felt really weak and out of shape. Each class has a combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core. For the last few weeks I’ve been trying all of the various workout routines and all I can say is that I’m completely hooked (My body already looks and feels significantly different!) The best thing is that because each class is so different, I have not felt the need to incorporate another workout into my routine.

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my workout routine, xtend barre, barre workout, fitness-1 copy

my workout routine, xtend barre, barre workout, fitness-1 copy

my workout routine, xtend barre, barre workout, fitness-1 copy

Another important thing for me is the energy and people. At Xtend Barre the music is really cool, the staff is great. Overall it provides a really nice experience every time I go there. So if you are sick and tired of going to a regular gym I encourage to find different workouts! Sign up for different classes and experience something else like I did. For the last few days, I’ve been going every single day to prep my body for a really important trip (more on that soon!) but my plan is to continue working out 3 times a week. I no longer say I’m too busy to go work out. I think it’s important to take a break and dedicate this time to your body (and mind) at least a few times a week. If you enjoy the workout, it no longer feels like a chore.

If you live in the area I encourage you to try Xtend Barre! or if you live out of state they also have several location across the country and internationally. This is not a sponsored post – I’ve just been enjoying this work so much I felt compelled to share it with you guys!

Let me know if you’ve tried barre, or if you have any other ideas for fun workout routines.  I know you guys must have some!  Thanks so much for reading, I hope enjoyed reading about my routine.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

My Workout Routine
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  • I’ve been able to find what I truly enjoy doing and make working out a part of my daily life about 2 years ago and I can honestly say it’s one of the most positive changes I’ve made in my life so far! I love mixing things up to keep it interesing, but my all-time favorite is kickboxing. I get so into it and literally forget about the time! It’s also such a great way to release all the stress at the end of the day!

    Good luck on your journey! It’s so great that you’ve found what you enjoy doing :)

    xx
    ALINA ERMILOVA | BLOG

    • I know exactly how you feel! Before I was full of excuses, I didn’t feel like working out, but now I want to workout everyday! I’m happier and I feel stronger! Also, I really want to try kickboxing. That’s next on my list! Thanks for visiting! xo

      • You should totally try it :) It’s also quite amazing how much more energy I have on the days I work out!

  • Claudine

    This workout routine sounds great! As a teenager I loved ballet and maybe this is an opportunity to get back to my roots. I will look for a training like that in my hometown in Germany. Hope I find something similar here.
    I love doing Yoga, too. It´s great for flexibility and core strength and relaxation.

    I keep my fingers creossed for you that you found your thing with this Barre training.

    Love
    Claudine
    http://www.claudinesroom.com

    • OMG yes! If you loved ballet you are definitely going to love this workout. This class is a combination of ballet, yoga, pilates and more. Everything in one workout routine! Let me know if you end up trying it! Good luck!

  • This looks like a really lovely way to work out. I hate machines too and the whole gym thing and would love to attend a class like this. Thanks for inspiring me and have a lovely day. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • You should totally try barre workout! Give it a chance. You will love it!!

  • emily

    I have seen so many people doing Barre on Instagram, I have not tried it yet, I might have to give it a try, since I have the class at my gym. My whole life I played sports and I always loved it and looked forward to it, I completely understand when you say that you have to enjoy the workouts. Love the workout gear you look great xo, Emily
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    • Hi Emily! Thanks for visiting! You should totally try it. I promise you are going to love it. My class lasts 55 minutes, and it’s 55 minutes of a really intense, fun workout. That’s all I do now. In just a week I noticed the difference. Let me know how it goes! xo

  • Carey

    I’ve tried barre a few times and it’s great! I’m so glad you found something that works for you!

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  • Looks wonderful!! I’ve done Pure Barre and it’s such an amazing workout! You always look great! XO

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    • Yes! It’s such an amazing workout. Really intense and it targets every single inch of your body! xx

  • I’ve heard so much about it but I’ve never tried it. Also, you look great!

    LIVING IN PLAID – Personal Style Blog from Brussels

    • You should try it! I really is amazing. Also, I transforms your body so fast! xx

  • LookLikeGet

    I love Barre classes too!

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  • You look amazingggg and I love this! I never really liked barre when I tried it once before but you make it sound so fun! I may have to try it again ;) xx, Erin – http://www.stylebythepeople.com

  • Yas

    I’ve tried barre before and could really notice some very positive changes (super fast) but stopped as it was a bit too slow for me. I’ve been going to a boxing studio here in London and I really enjoy it. They combine heavy bag routines with strength training in an environment which reminds me of a nightclub haha. I’m not the sportiest person but as soon as I found a workout that I love everything changed. Btw: I love your leggings! Where is it from? xx Yas

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