Like everyone else, things are always coming up in the mornings for me to do. If it’s not work it’s kids; so for me to get to work out 3 days a week I am doing good. A perfect workout week for me would be to go to Pure Barre twice, Pilates twice and yoga once. That way in Pure Barre I am working my muscles hard, in pilates I am working my core and stretching the muscles out and in yoga I am stretching, strengthening, and getting my body centered. With all of these workouts, I do not leave too sweaty so sometimes I enjoy running home afterwards and thankful that I live in a town where I can do that. Celia and I are starting yoga with Kelli this week, so Yoga may transition into something I do more often.
Ashley opened Pure Barre in August of 2010 and I have been doing pure barre ever since. For me, it’s one of those workouts that I know is working the muscles on my body that need to be worked. If I do not do Pure Barre regularly I can hardly walk the next day. It’s a full body workout, with your arms, legs, thighs, stomach and so much more. I love the upbeat music they play so it makes it fun! Memori usually teaches the class time that I prefer to go to and she is one tough cookie! She’s great at making it hard but explaining the correct positions to get in. It definitely takes some coordination to do pure barre and several times to understand the positions. I still have trouble figuring out what to do in the sitting positions. Lift, tone, burn!!!
Pilates is my new favorite workout. I started a couple months after my shoulder surgery to help strengthen my core and get more flexible. I am currently doing my workout one on one with Kelly at the Watercolor gym on a pilates reformer. We do it in the back room so there are lots of people coming in and out but it usually doesn’t bother me. The watercolor gym is so busy! Kelly has done a great job at knowing what my shoulder can do and getting my tight muscles to stretch out. I feel taller every time I leave class and my posture is improving. Pilates has made my body leaner and more toned than it has been in a while.
Balance Health Studio was opened by Kelli Precourt in 2006 and Health Studio is exactly what it is. They do everything from Yoga to spin to chiropractic and acupuncture. There is so much to learn about while visiting Balance. Yoga can be very intimidating. There are people who practice yoga daily. Who wants to be the girl sitting on the mat next to the crazy talented yogi. We are not flexible at all and can’t come close to doing a handstand…but would love to one day!
If you’re looking for something upbeat and fast paced, Pure Barre is the workout for you. If you’re looking for something more one-on-one, engaging your mind and a bit more challenging, we recommend Pilates. If you like mental discipline, breathing techniques and strengthening your core, Yoga embodies these qualities.