Barre Hopping That Won't Leave You With a Hangover

The holidays are finally over, and it's time to get back on track health & fitness-wise.  I don't know about anyone else, but it's difficult for me to just quit weeks of cookies, cake, and wine cold turkey.  Ergo, it's the eighteenth of January and I've just now been able to walk away from the cupcakes.  And not even that far away.  Two feet, tops.  If you're one of those people who can get right back into healthy eating after junking it up for weeks, my hat is off to you.

Recently, I've taken up running.  I don't know who I am or what kind of monster I'm turning into, but I'm really enjoying it.  No--I mean, like, really enjoying it.  I look forward to running most days which is kinda half the battle when you're trying to keep consistent.  But I've also noticed that unless I'm running upwards of thirty miles per week, I don't see a whole lot in the fat loss and toning departments.  Seeing results relatively quickly is crucial for me to keep at a workout.  This isn't to say that I'm going to quit running ( I said I really like it--aren't you listening?!), but I've had to look for ways to supplement it until my endurance allows me to up my running game to where it needs to be.

Enter: Barre Bee Fit

Barre Bee Fit has designed workouts specifically tailored for women and our major concerns (butt, abs, thighs, and arms).  Their workouts combine cardio, toning, stretching, and detoxifying and focus on the small muscle groups that we all usually ignore.  The result is a tight and feminine physique.  It's only been a little over a week and my butt is way less jiggly.  I'm also seeing results in the weight loss department.  The jeans that had started to hug my bum and stomach a little too enthusiastically during the holidays are finally loosening their grip.  Results!

Don't get me wrong--working out has many other worthy benefits besides weight loss (I'm finally mature enough to believe this!), but I've got a hot summer planned and it includes short shorts.  So, if you're like me and thirsty for real results, stop by a Barre Bee Fit studio and get to work!  Everyone is really friendly and supportive, and it's a good time.

Barre Bee Fit has three class offerings:

  1. Barre Bee: this is the original Barre Bee Fit class.  It's 60 minutes long and a full-body workout.  The class integrates isometric* movements, heavy reps, and deep stretching to lengthen and shape muscles.
  2. Barre Burn: think Barre Bee class but in a room heated to ninety-five degrees.  The heat helps to detoxify the body and warm the muscles.  Warm muscles mean deeper stretches.  This class is my personal favorite (I bet you were dying to know).
  3. Bardio: a 45-minute Tabata-style** pure cardio class.  The class consists of six exercises.  Each one is done four times in 30-second intervals with a 15-second recovery period after each interval.  The cycle is repeated twice.

Go to all of 'em and find the one you like the best.  They all give results.  Barre Bee Fit has three different locations: River North, Lincoln Park, and Ann Arbor.  Check out the website for addresses, phone numbers, and rates.  You won't be disappointed!


*muscle contraction against resistance without significantly shortening the muscle.  Don't worry, I had no idea what it meant either.

**Guys, learn about fitness already!  Gah!  Tabata is an extremely intense interval workout that lasts only four minutes.  And, yes.  I just looked it up.

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