Divabetic's Step-tember Fitness Ideas
Are you bored with your fitness routine like me? I can’t help it. Lately, I think about this every time I go to the gym and sleepwalk my way through my cardio circuit: the treadmill, elliptical machine, and stationary bike. I’m not saying that exercise machines are bad but sometimes you need to shake it up at bit.
Well, the newest trend in fitness is: FlyBarre classes seems to be the solution for “BORED … but still going for the burn” minded people like me. What is it? A combination of yoga, dance, circuit training, Pilates and strength training. Effective, engaging, and fun, they come in almost as many styles as yoga pants. So when Flywheel Sports, the spinning studio, created its own signature barre offering, they wanted to make absolutely sure it wasn’t an also-ran.
The result called FlyBarre is “a barre class for athletes,” says its creator, Kate Bohner, a one-time co-captain of the University of Pennsylvania Women’s Lacrosse team and a member of the World Cup team.
“The sculpting boot camp for spinners,” as Bohner calls it, is a 55-minute interval-based class that combines circuit training, yoga, Pilates, stretching, and strength building. A warm-up is followed by a fast-paced succession of intervals—lots and lots of ab exercises, upper body work, 15 minutes (!!) of glute work, and stretching to a cool soundtrack (of ’80s and ’90s music Duran Duran to Mary J. Blige when I was there). Yes, it’s low-impact, but that doesn’t mean you won’t sweat.
Sounds like fun! Hear more upbeat ideas for shaping up at divabetic.org