Most days, working out is my saving grace – putting my head back on and sweating out all of the stress in my bones. I’ll try any new workout, but here I am highlighting a few of my favorites and the ones that I’ve stuck to in my routine.
Pure Barre – Ahhh my first love. I’ve been doing PB since 2011 and I haven’t stopped since my first thigh shake. Pure Barre was really the first workout I did post high school sports when I had no need for hitting the gym. I taught for a few years in Virginia, Charleston and Greenville before stepping away from the mic and going back to the barre as a client.
I have tried all of the other franchises and classes, but I remain true to Pure Barre. I truly believe that it is the most challenging and the choreography is constantly changing. I will say that it takes a solid two weeks of classes to really know what you’re doing and to feel the work – getting your form into the right place. If you don’t think Pure Barre is challenging, you’re not doing it right. I encourage you to ask your teacher or the owner to show you the correct form after class and stay with you until you start to feel the shake.
I try to get to Pure Barre 2-3 times a week. While that doesn’t always happen, when I walk in those doors, I feel like I’m home.
CycleBar – I’ve been waiting for a boutique spin workout in Greenville for a very long time. Ron and I will do Soul Cycle as often as possible when we’re in larger cities. Soul Cycle is my jam, and Cycle Bar is a good supplement to that when we’re home. It definitely is a party on a bike, and I recommend a good cardio in addition to a barre class or yoga workout if like me, you’re not a runner.
I’m in the saddle three times a week.
Iron Tribe – Ron and I have done Iron Tribe for the past year, and loved when they added the Power classes that are more cardio based. I’ve never been big on weight lifting, and the Power option doesn’t include the heavy poundage. At the end of each class, I feel like I’m going to pass out, but the family/team atmosphere is so encouraging and I love all of the coaches at the Augusta Road location in Greenville.
Iron Tribe encourages a Paleo diet, which I stick to 99% of the time. With my allergies, it’s pretty much my diet anyways, but when I really abide by the rules I feel so much healthier and have way more energy. I cheat with the Peanut Butter Banana Bread at Caviar and Bananas, though. Warm it up, it’s delicious. (Also dairy and gluten free, so it’s pretty much okay in my book.)
Soul Yoga – My most recent addiction. My friend Sarah took me to a Soul Sculpt class and I think she might have been trying to kill me. But now I can’t stop the sweaty magic that happens during that class. Monday and Friday at noon, that’s where you can find me with instructor Malcom.
He’s crazy and I love it.
I know that all of these different boutique workouts can be expensive, but not all of them will be a fit for you. I recommend finding a favorite that’s more aerobic like Pure Barre or Soul Yoga, then supplementing it with a cardio like CycleBar and Iron Tribe. Or if you’re a runner, hit the trail a few times a week along with a favorite. I like to mix up my workouts more so my body doesn’t get used to one set of movements. Class packs work best for me instead of unlimited months, since we leave town often. When we are out of town, fingers crossed for a Soul Cycle! All of the emoji praise hands.
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All photos by Angela Zion.