Just over a month ago, I visited my local Barre3 studio with a group of friends. My friend Lauren has been doing Barre3 for a while now and invited us to check it out with her. I had been looking for a workout routine that would be challenging, but fun enough that I would stick to it. I'm notorious for flaking out on fitness regimens unless I'm on a team.
I thought the studio workout was fun and I felt extremely sore afterward. Both seemed like a good sign to me. The issue is that it's pretty expensive and there is no way we could swing the cost for me to go to the studio to workout on a regular basis. It is pretty awesome that they have on-site childcare though. Lauren told me about the QVC deal for 5 Barre3 videos. It was such a great price that I purchased it that afternoon.
The videos came along with a workout challenge booklet called 28 to great. It's a 28 day workout routine as well as a meal program. I thought following the workout regimen set out in the booklet might be a great way to get me to actually stick to it starting out. The meals in the plan actually look really good, but dealing with the time commitment of grocery shopping and meal preparation was just too much for me to handle with two littles so I didn't follow the meal portion of the plan.
I successfully completed the workout program last week. You are supposed to workout 6 days a week and the workouts range from 30-60 minutes. You are also supposed to throw in two 30 minute walks a week as well. I only skipped the last day of the program because I injured my shoulder and decided to rest it for the weekend.
The workouts are very targeted and don't look that intense if you watch the video, but they certainly feel intense while you do them. They are also low impact and give you lots of options if you have bad knees, shoulders, etc. I'm sure I wouldn't have injured myself at all had I been following all of the advice set out in the videos. Occasionally I would have to jump up quickly from what I was doing to get Pearl yogurt, give Axel his binky, change a diaper, etc. I'm positive it was the rush those situations put me in that caused my shoulder injury.
I feel so much stronger than I did a month ago. I don't have a scale at home because I've found I can't handle knowing how much I weigh. No matter what the scale says I kind of dwell on it, so it's better to not know. I do know that my pre-baby jeans fit again after this month and one pair is even too big. I appreciate that the core workouts are very targeted and they keep abdominal separation in mind when crafting the workouts as a lot of us moms have that issue.
Now that the month is complete, I plan to cut the workouts back to 3-4 days a week instead of 6 as it's pretty difficult to fit them in and I found myself having to regularly plan my days around a set workout time just to make it work. Plus you never really know when the kids are going to cooperate. I would occasionally have Pearl climbing all over me or attempting to grab my weights out of my hands. A 3-4 day plan should be really easy for me to complete after managing 6 days for a month.
I'm excited about how I feel and don't feel tired of the videos at all. They provide a lot of variation and I think will serve me well over a long period of time.