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~Calling all fitness fantatics~

Ah the gym – it’s sort of a love/hate relationship we all have isn't it? Some days we love each other, other days I swear its main purpose is to try to kill me. The outcome however is always good- I feel energized refreshed and ready to take on the day or night. Whatever your reason for working out, it’s a proven fact it makes you happy!! As Elle Woods says:
 “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t!”

I digress…having played competitive tennis for the better part of my life I was always in shape. College came & went and then the real world hit…cooking for myself, trying to eat what I considered to be healthy food, balancing work and social life, paying for a gym membership...I put a little weight on...

When I got engaged, I decided I was ready to be proud of my body so I switched gyms and set on my journey. Granted I was "sweating for the wedding," so the workouts were seriously intense, but the payoff was worth it! 

The gym I go to is fabulous!! Seriously….I take as many classes a week as I can and I try to fit in some cardio here and there...and two years later I’m in the best shape of my life. Could it be better - YES, but I work hard and never turn down food that my body is craving - including Milano cookies :)

Excuses are so easy to make, so that’s why the gym is a five minute walk from my job, which makes going in the morning or after work that much easier. I put it in my planner – if I write it down – it’s in my plans and I have to do it!  

I've done a variety of workouts and sometimes I even prefer working out at home - especially with blizzard like conditions outside! I've found that circuit training and Pure Barre have been my favorite types of workouts. A lot of the classes at the gym incorporate full body exercise, so if I haven't focused on my abs in a while, it’s ok because they’ve definitely been worked out in some sort of fashion!

Below are some examples of what I do at the gym. I'm by no means an expert...but it's worked for me! 

~Tabata ~ founded by a Japanese scientist named Izumi Tabata. You can basically do any exercise, but it has to follow the following guidelines:  
4 minutes long (whole Tabata Session)
20 seconds of intense training
10 seconds of rest
Total of 8 sessions or rounds
You can find a ton of Tabata workouts on YouTube and the TabataTimer can help with at home workouts. There are also Timer apps you can download for your iPhone or iPad. Supposedly, if done correctly your body will continue to burn calories for up to 24 hours after your workout!

~PureBarre ~ by now I think we have all discovered Pure Barre and the amazingness that is a dancer's body!! I chose to do an unlimited one month membership to Pure Barre Boston when I was getting a little tired with my usual workout routine. The results were good...not great, but I think had I gone for longer than a month it would have been fantastic. My body ached in the best way possible! The classes are pricey, but if done with a discount it's manageable! 

~ShockWave~ this may be exclusively offered at my gym, but it can be done on any rowing machine. This is all based around the rowing machine and there are three other “stations” set up. You row for distance and once the distance is completed, you go on to the next station – these stations focus on your core, arms and legs. If your gym has a rowing machine – I suggest attempting to do bursts of all out rowing and then to get your breath back get some weights and create your own “stations.” For the rowing challenges you can either start low and go up or start high and go down low. 1,000 meters, 500 meters, 300 meters, 150 meters…you get it!

If you have any questions about anything I've mentioned or the gym I go to - please let me know! 

What are your favorite workouts?! How do you stay in shape?



Thanks for reading,]
~Biana~

17 comments

  1. I want to do the pure barre so bad! It looks fun an different! I'm glad you reviewed it here!

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    1. You definitely wont be disappointed - they are very encouraging!!

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  2. Great post... so motivating! I really want to try out pure barre!

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    1. I think you'd enjoy it! Thanks for reading!

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  3. Wow. The workouts look really good. It is amazing how many different options there are out there.

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  4. I'm seriously the worst at finding the motivation to go work out. It's so bad. I love playing any kind of sport but going to the gym just doesn't get me going! It's also hard here because we have 2 kinds of gyms downtown Chicago: the first is super cheap and they are always packed and the second kind are verrry nice and at least $100/month.. I want something in the middle!

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    1. Yup...my gym is pretty pricey, but I feel like at least im paying towards my health!! Have you thought about Cross Fit gyms? they tend to be in the middle range!

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  5. Love PureBarre and any kind of cardio yoga class...I'm over the machines, I have to have a fun class!

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    1. totally agree - plus someone else does the thinking - which makes it that much more enjoyable!

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  6. Just came across your blog!! I also have a love hate relationship with the gym. I also loved PureBarre but it got to be so expensive. I need something new.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by!! Keep an eye out on their specials...especially this time of year they offer 20% off classes and stuff! Still fun to even go to once every other week!

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  7. I have a huge hate relationship with the gym, so much I cancelled my membership months ago. I'm such a fair weather exerciser and go through spurts where I'm all about it then I hate it and stop. You're a rock star though!

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  8. Love this. I tend to run outside a lot so no gym required, but I swim a few days so I have to keep paying for it. I'm so scared of going to the classes, but everyone loves them. I'm also a fan of the tabata workouts since I can do a 4 min exercise whenever I feel a little anxious and it helps a lot!

    AJ | TheAJMinute

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    1. I love running outside - but the winters in Boston tend to be too brutal to run outside :( Don't worry about classes - everyone is so preoccupied with themselves that no one is watching anyone else haha

      thanks for stopping by!

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  9. I love Pure Barre!! I've been doing it for the past year and saw big results after about 3 months. It's pricey but the results were worth it. However, I started to get a little bored of the same routine every class, so my bf and I started cross fit about 6 weeks ago. It's a totally different work out than PB, so I plan to do a little bit of both.

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    1. You'll have to know how CF is…that is one workout I am terrified of!!

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  10. I think it's always good to switch it up and try different things! Of course I love Pure Barre and I would tell you after 3 months is when I saw the best results. I am a big "class" kind of person...I will make every excuse to not go but if I have a class scheduled in then I make the commitment. Also having a gym friend always helps get my butt in gear! Great workout review!
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