Happy (freezing!) Friday!
I had actually had this on my Pinterest Wish List for about a year, and when I saw it on Living Social, I jumped at the chance to grab it for such a great price! I also knew that I’d be working out at home more for the next few months so I could devote as much time as possible to my A&P class. I had tried barre workouts at a local, non-franchised studio last year and really enjoyed it. I stopped going because my injuries made it difficult to do a lot of the moves, plus the cost in addition to my gym membership was a bit more than I was willing to pay. So I couldn’t wait to open the package when it arrived!
It comes with everything you need except for light hand weights and a surface to help you balance (a chair). I found it a bit challenging to get the ball blown up, because you essentially put the plastic straw in it to blow it up.
I’ve since gotten it to a pretty good firmness, though I wouldn’t mind it being a bit harder. Maybe I should commission WHH to help? (That all sounds really dirty and I don’t mean it to!)
The DVDs included with the program are:
- barre3 Burner DVD – 40 Minutes
- barre3 Ballet Fit DVD – 40 Minutes + Bonus 10 Min Ballet Core
- barre3 Ballet Boot Camp DVD – 30 Minutes
- barre3 Studio Shape DVD – 60 Minutes
- barre3 Standing Slim DVD – 30 Minutes
The program also comes with the 28 to Great Guide (a workout and nutrition plan designed to shape your body in 28 days) and 15 days of access to barre3 Online Workouts. I bought this program with the intention of changing it up from always doing my Jillian Michaels or Sportskool On Demand workouts, not to reshape my body in 28 days, so I’d be curious to hear from anyone who has done the full program. As much as I love the workouts, there’s no way I could do only this nearly every day.
My favorite thing about these workouts is that the instructors offer so many modifications, which I have found especially handy lately with my ongoing tennis elbow. The workouts would be great for anyone dealing with an injury because instructors offer modifications and accommodations for nearly every type of issue.
I also love that the workouts are low-impact. It gives my healing plantar fasciitis a little bit of a break on days that it’s acting up, and again, would be great with someone who has any kind of injury that limits high-impact workouts. I can also see this being a great pre- and post-natal workout as there are a lot of the moves that condition the pelvic floor muscles. The moves are functionally-based and challenging without zapping all of your energy.
Given my loyalty to Jillian Michaels, I was surprised how much I liked Sadie Lincoln’s teaching style. She’s bubbly without being too saccharin and her prompts are spot-on. She’s always offering you a way to modify, telling you what you should be feeling and where, or how to check your form to make sure you won’t hurt yourself. I look forward to the DVDs that she’s the instructor on because I know she’ll make me feel like I don’t have to push myself if my injuries are bothering me, but to still do as much as I can. Plus, she answers Tweets!
I haven’t tried my 15 day pass to the online classes yet because I’m saving for when (if) I get sick of the five DVDs. I looked at them, though, and there is a huge variety! I can’t recommend this workout enough for changing up your routine, injury recovery, and ease of at-home workouts. (Please note that this is not a paid review, nor was I given anything for free–I just really love this workout that I purchased with my own money!)
In other news…I started occupational therapy today for my tennis elbow. The therapist dug into my elbow and was playing around with the calcium deposit, trying to break it up. Given the amount of time I’ve been dealing with this, I’m technically in the chronic phase now, but he’s optimistic that if we can get in there and break up the deposit, while lengthening and then strengthening my muscles, I should have a full recovery. My session ended with an iontophoresis patch, which I am to keep on for 14 hours.
As you can see from the +/- signs, there is self-contained battery pack in the patch. On the minus side, the therapist put a solution of dexamethasone (a corticosteroid) and on the plus side, he put salt water. Though I’m a bit hazy on the chemistry of it, my understanding is that the charge conducted via the salt water will drive the dexamethasone into my skin, like an injection without a needle. I don’t feel any change (in fact, I don’t feel anything at all), but we’ll see what happens.
I also got my arm taped up to limit my movement in order to let the tendons rest.
I have two appointments next week, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some improvement!
Questions: Have you tried any new workouts lately? Have you tried barre workouts? Any injuries, new or old, you’re working around?
Please feel free to leave any additional comments or questions! Have a great weekend!