I've been a Barry's babe for almost two years with 100+ classes under my belt and counting. Barry's Bootcamp
is a HIIT workout, 50% treadmill, 50% strength training and 100% guaranteed to sweat. If you don't like running (like me), you can choose to do the double floor. Barry's claims to be the "The best workout in the world" and I would concur. They have studios all over the world and growing! I've worked out in eight different studios. I love Barry's so much I wrote a whole post about my addiction: The Barry's Boot Camp Addiction is REAL
I love cardio, but I'm not a huge fan of running. My favorite low impact cardio is spinning because it's easy on the joints and makes me sweat a lot. I have a spin bike in my apartment building that I like to do from time to time, but nothing beats going to a class with other people's energy that pushes you to work harder. I’m lucky to have two spinning studios in my neighborhood, FlyWheel
. They're both motivating and great cardio classes.
My newest obsession is pilates reformer. I've been doing pilates for a solid two months now, and I've developed a love-hate relationship because it's such a great workout, but it's torture! Pilates reformer consists of slow controlled movements, pulsing, and balance. Even though it's a low-intensity workout, I still get a good sweat on, and I'm always sore the next day.
Yoga is something that everyone needs to start incorporating into their daily routine. Why? Not only does it feel good to stretch your body, but it also lets you take the time to breathe. When's the last time you took a moment to relax and breathe? My favorite time to practice yoga is in the mornings because it doubles as meditation for me. I like to close my eyes and breathe deeply into my poses and just let my body go with the flow. Namaste.
Another love-hate relationship I have is with strength training. Lifting weights is good for your body because it builds strength and muscle, but it's the one workout that I don't look forward. There's a reason why it's a great workout because it shapes and tones your body when you add it into your workout routine. On my strength training days, I like to do weighted squats, lunges, deadlifts, and sumo squats for the lower body. For the upper body, I do bicep curls, weighted triceps, and weighted rows. I end my workouts with abs, bicycles, crunches, leg lifts, and Russian twists. Feel the burn, baby!
Let me know in the comments what your favorite workouts are and if you've tried any of the studios I've mentioned. Thanks for reading!