Alright all you Barre3 babes….so how did it go?!? Did you make it to the end? How is your energy? Have your sleeping and eating habits changed? Is there a significant difference that you’ve noticed in your life while being on the challenge? I want to know all the juicy details!!!
If you did the barre3 Challenge, first off, I am SO PROUD OF YOU!
Today marks the end of the #barre3challenge, but it doesn’t mark the end of healthy habits, improved balance, and continued results!
Barre3 is all about balance. Balance in the body, and balance in your life! For me the Barre3 challenge exposed a few areas of my body, and my life that are “unbalanced.”
For starters, I hunch over on my computer writing all day…. My shoulders roll inward, my head collapses forward, and I am constantly looking down at my computer screen. As I became more aware of this…I became more away of my failing posture and weak core. I realized how tight and overworked my upper traps are from straining them all day long, and I realized how overdeveloped my pecs are from constantly tugging my shoulders forward when I hunch over on my computer. I’m sure many of you can relate aka anyone with an iPhone….
Our poor posture is 100% due to technology. As a result, I realized how underdeveloped my transverse abdominals (the deepest layers of my core that assist in breathing) are… Excuse the anatomy lesson here…. I’ve just been fascinated with how unbalanced our bodies are, and how much barre3 aids in correcting and reestablishing balance in the body!
I’ve always thought I had a pretty strong core from running and doing relentless abs… but Barre3 has helped me realize how weak certain parts of my core are, and how that is negatively effecting other parts of my body that are becoming overworked, instead of balanced.
Balance in my body/life is something that I am striving for beyond the barre3 challenge. I’ve become more aware of imbalances in my body and my life throughout the course of this challenge. Here are a few of the healthy habits I am committing to continue beyond January 31st.
Below are my 3 commitments beyond January 31st
1. Green Drank – Green smoothies are SO easy to make. They are delicious, and I always feel a mega energy boost after drinking them. If I’m honest, the main reason I don’t make them is the hassle of cleaning the freakin blender… ha! Terrible… I know. But it’s the truth. I want to commit to making at least 3 green smoothies a week. Below is one of my favorite green smoothie recipes! And if you want to find more yummy green smoothies, you can get them at barre3.com when you join barre3 Online.
- Chia Seeds
- Mint Leaves
- Green Apple
- Almond Milk
- Nonfat Vanilla Greek Yogurt
- Frozen Pineapple
2. 10 min afternoon #barre3anywhere – I’ve loved doing my 10-minute online “kitchen workouts!” They are just so easy because I don’t have to commit an hour long workout, I’m not going to get sweaty/have to shower, I don’t have to drive anywhere… AND I am still working my body, resetting my posture, boosting my metabolism, and spiking my energy! Plus, when it’s not dumping snow here, I’ve been taking these 10 minute barre online workouts outside to get a little fresh air during the middle of my day!! Post-challenge, I am committing to one 10-minute workout a day!
3. Morning classes – I’ve never been a morning workout person (by choice). Even in college when we had morning practice for cross-country and track, I always felt like I was dragging… In when I had the choice of when to run, it was always in the evenings… My body is just more willing to move at that time of day. However, I’ve been talking a few of the early morning Barre3 classes at my studio and I forgot how good it feels to get your workout done in the morning. I am so much more relaxed throughout my day, I have significantly increased energy, I crave healthy foods, and I am far more focused on what I need to get done! So I am committing to taking at least two early morning classes a week.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Barre3 is for anyone and everyone. And I am saying that because I have not only seen results in my own body, and balance, but in pregnant women, older women, athletes, never worked out a day in their life people, the list goes on.
I love it so much that… guess what?!
I BECAME A BARRE3 INSTRUCTOR!!! Last weekend I was in Portland going through training at the barre3 headquarters with 25 other incredible women from around the country that also discovered the same passion for barre3 and want to give back!!!
Soo….. if you are ever in Bend, OR and want to take my class and see for yourself let me know!!
I am so excited to start helping people reestablish balance in their bodies, create healthier habits, make fitness gains, and rebound from injuries!
Let the journey begin!
Here is a link to all the Barre3 studio locations so you can find out where the closest studio to you is! http://barre3.com/studio-locations And if there isn’t one close to you right now, stay tuned there are lots of new studios in the works! Who knows? Maybe you’d even be the person who would open a studio in your community? In the meantime, don’t forget about the 200+ butt kicking online workouts! You can subscribe here https://barre3.com/subscription?utm_source=audreyroloff_blog&utm_medium=social
Did you miss the challenge!? Well you can still do it! Barre3 is keeping the Challenge Hub live through the end of February! All you have to do to get access to this program is to subscribe to barre3 Online.
To tap into the support from the barre3 community on social and to stay strong all year long, share your stories and tag them with the hashtag #b365. I want to see when you and a friend decided to take a barre3 class instead of going to happy hour, the time you went outside for your lunch break to do a 10-minute online workout, or the time you spent sitting by the fire reading and writing down your reflections. You can read more about barre3’s #b365 initiative and how to join the conversation on their Instagram account and blog!
Below is a photo I posted on Instagram last weekend when I was in training at Barre 3 headquarters in Portland!