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How to Stay Alive in the Diet Wars

The diet wars are real. Everywhere you turn, someone is telling you why you should stop eating one way and start eating another. If you listened to everyone, you would eat nothing but Kale and drink water. Except even those can be contaminated. So air. You can eat air.

Nutrition is something everyone seems to have an opinion on. And let’s be honest, we have all heard so. many. opinions.

But What SHould I eat

Vegans can’t stop talking about the benefits of a plant based diet and the evils of meat. The Paleo crew hates gluten and its rage against the human body. There are the cleansers, the fasters, the eat whatever you wanters. There are people who eat only Twinkies (yeah, that’s real), and people who would NEVER dream of letting a single piece of processed food touch their mouths. And they all seem to be screaming their methods from the top of their lungs trying to get you to buy the next big thing, for 3 easy payments of $19.99.

So, how in the world does a normal human, who doesn’t want to spend hours weighing food, or juice cleanse for a week, lose weight, increase energy and feel great?

I wish I had a magic bullet for you, but there isn’t one. There are lots of different nutritional plans that will get you those results, and there are plenty that won’t. There are some that will give you results in the short-term at the expense of the long term. There are things that will work for your sister, that won’t make a single bit of difference for you. So, how does one know what to eat?

I have two simple guidelines to consider when looking to change up the way you eat.

First, does the plan seem doable and is there a way to sustain the changes you are making?

If you aren’t going to do it for the long-haul, then maybe reconsider. There are plenty of “jump-start” plans that are fantastic for you. Those types of plans are typically a bit more drastic, because they aren’t meant to be sustained. DO NOT do one if you have no plan for when you finish. If you are going to do a jump-start type of program that requires a HUGE lifestyle change, then make sure you have thought through what happens after your program is over.

If the program seems to overwhelming, or too drastic, it might not be for you. Because of my past with an eating disorder, I  won’t count or track anything again. I will also never do a juice cleanse of any type because I have a weird history with that too. I know lots of people who track Macros and do it successfully. I know that counting macros is an awesome way to get results, and have had clients do it.  But, it isn’t something I can do.

If you love meat, don’t become a vegetarian. If you love animals too much to eat them, Paleo is not for you. If you have a family, you need to consider them as well, because no one wants to be preparing two different meals for dinner every night.

Find something that seems doable. That doesn’t mean it won’t be hard, but if you can’t understand the plan, don’t have time for the plan, or think the plan might make you crazy and obsessed, then back away from that diet book.

If you eat nothing but fast food all day, then you will need a drastic overhaul, eventually. But start small. Maybe replace one meal per day with something a little more nutritious. If you down 5 cans of Coke every day (like I used to) consider dropping it down to 3-4. If you are an all or nothing type of person and can go from fast food to Whole 30, then by all means jump in.

You know yourself. You know what you can manage. If you are eating in a super un-healthy way, you know a change needs to be made. So start somewhere. If you don’t know where, get some help (someone who is licensed, who moves at a pace you are comfortable with, and who will gracefully encourage you).

If you are someone who is somewhere in the middle of healthy and gluttonous, consider the various programs the world wide web has to offer, and see which one lines up most suitably with your lifestyle. There is no one program that works for everyone, so don’t worry about picking the perfect plan. When you are ready to give a plan a try, consider these questions after 3-4 weeks of implementation:

  • Did you see results (weight loss, higher energy, feeling better overall)?
  • Is there a way to continue eating this way, or modifying it slightly so that it is more sustainable?

If you answered yes to those questions then stick with it and tune everyone and their loud-mouthed opinions out! If no, consider trying something else, or tweaking the current plan.

Next, you need to consider if there is actual research behind the plan?

This can be hard, but you need to do your research on the research behind any program. Yep, that’s right. Research on the research. I am a bit of a research nerd at times, but basically, you want to make sure that the studies done on effectiveness were done by a third party who won’t benefit from the results of the research.

In terms of nutrition, lots of university programs look at different diets effectiveness and side-effects. Any company can create a study that is favorable for the products they are selling. Here’s the thing, if someone got results, they got results. But, that doesn’t always give you the big picture. If I ate nothing but Twizzlers and drank Coke all day but wanted to lose weight, I could do it. But, that doesn’t mean that is what is good for my body in the long term. Independent researchers are much more likely to look at the long term effects and lasting results of a diet plan with little to no bias. They aren’t earning anything, so their results have a much higher level of validity. I promise you Coke could come up with a study that shows it is an effective weight loss product if it really wanted to!

You might have fallen asleep on me with all that talk of research.

That’s okay. Maybe you aren’t into research like I am. No big deal.

Just keep this in mind:

Anything that promises quick results for little effort, is not a good idea. There are several simple programs out there, but they usually require time, and a good bit of commitment. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Yes, that pill, cleanse, or wrap might help you in the short term (some don’t even do that), but it will not give you sustainable results. And that’s what we all want right. No one wants to yo-yo. No one wants to feel all awesome and energetic one day and then plummet to the depths of misery the next. So, just remember, there is no magic bullet.

Some other guidelines:

  • Look for programs that are based on whole foods. It’s okay to have some fun cheats every now and then. But you want most of your diet coming from some type of real food. There are a thousand different ways to do that, so don’t worry about the exact plan. Just make sure that most of what you are eating is not coming out of a box with tons of ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  • Look for programs that allow you to eat. You might think that sounds crazy, but seriously, there are programs that have you juicing for a week with NO food.
  • Look for programs that talk about nourishing your body with the things your body needs. You can’t cleanse toxins from your body with a pill or a drink. But, you can fuel your body well with food. Find programs that emphasize that.
  • Look for effects that go beyond aesthetics. You can do a lot of crazy things to lose weight. But, what will this plan do for how you feel or for your overall health?

When all else fails:

Find someone you trust, and run it by them. Don’t go to someone who sells a certain type of program. Find someone who is neutral (or as neutral as one can be about such a heavily debated topic), and get their opinion. If you have no one in your network, shoot me an email. I would love to help you!

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Are you a busy woman juggling faith, work, home and family?

I am too.

Sometimes women like us can get so focused on helping others that we forget to take some time for ourselves. We don’t set aside time to spend with God, and  workouts fall to the wayside. I get it. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have another minute in my day to spare. But, if we don’t take our spiritual and physical health seriously, we won’t be able to work, serve and love well. We will end up a hot mess of frustration and anxiety.

I hear ya’ sister…that struggle is real, and I feel it every day!

That’s why I am committed to helping women like you refocus their faith and get back in shape. Because when we are planted in God’s Word, and feeling healthy and confident, you can go out and do all of those things God calls us to do.

Sign up below and get my 3 Day Faith and Fitness Quick Start Guide for Busy Women. In it you will find 3 days of Bible study (looking at a different Psalm each day), and 3 quick, effective and simple workouts for you to do at home! This guide is totally FREE and will take you less than 30 minutes to go through each day!

 Sign up here, to snag yours!

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Quick Effective Workouts: Tips and Encouragement from 7 Personal Trainers

Ya’ll know that I’m a busy, working mom. Because of that, I am all about quickly squeezing in an effective workout each day. I know many of you have even more going on than I do, which means you need to know how to get the most bang for your buck in every workout. Sometimes we feel like a quick workout isn’t as effective as a longer one. But, the right kind of quick workout can be more effective than hours in the gym. So, I called in a few friends to share their tips and some encouragement for doing a short workout that will get you results! These ladies are all killer trainers (and one running coach) with lots of wisdom. I love the common theme of simplicity they all shared in their tips! Be sure to check out their blogs and Instagram accounts for lots more tips and encouragement to get and stay healthy!!

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My Tip:

You all know me, but just in case you aren’t following me on IG…Here ya’ go!

You know I love a Tabata style workout. 4 Minutes is all  you need. 20 seconds of high(est) intensity work, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 8 cycles. Anyone can squeeze in 4 minutes a day! If you want more info, or some sample workouts, leave a comment below and I will send some your way!

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Kelli Tobin

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Keep it simple. Thinking of what workout to do can be daunting. Use the numbers 30,20,10,5 and use a cardio, lower body move, upper move and abs move.
Example: 30 jacks, 20 squats, 10 push-ups, 5 crunches and repeat for time or a number of rounds. Short but effective!

 

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Jenn McAmis 

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I would second keeping it simple. You don’t need to stand on one leg on a BOSU and spin in circles while you do a bicep curl. Classic moves are classic for a reason. Also, be aware of form and don’t be afraid to ask! Doing something with poor form is the easiest way to get injured and discouraged on your journey. Most people love sharing what they know and want to see you succeed (especially trainers ).

 

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Jenna Carelli

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Circuit training! Keep workouts short and sweet, but effective! If you are limited on time, opt for a full body workout. No need to buy equipment for your home, you can find objects around the house (canned food works great for shoulder presses, as do small children!). I LOVE incorporating wall sits and other static holds into my at home programs.

 

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Leah Bahrencu

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Don’t feel like your not getting a good workout with modifications. Modifying a move will allow you to focus more on your form and focus on the muscles being engaged. It’s ok to slow down the move. Taking it slow makes the exercise more effective than quickly trying to make it through an move. Always make sure you know the modification of each exercise before doing it.

 

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You do NOT need a ton of time and it doesn’t need to be perfect…you just need to utilize the time you have everyday.

 

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Jenny Mire 

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My biggest advice to women wanting to lose weight is to lift weights. Learn how to weight train properly and lift those weights. You won’t get bulky and you won’t look like a man! Get firm, lean muscles by lifting weights followed by HIIT or burst cardio training.

There you go! Keep it simple. You don’t need fancy equipment. Stick to the basics and just get moving!!!

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Are you a busy woman juggling faith, work, home and family?

I am too.

Sometimes women like us can get so focused on helping others that we forget to take some time for ourselves. We don’t set aside time to spend with God, and  workouts fall to the wayside. I get it. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have another minute in my day to spare. But, if we don’t take our spiritual and physical health seriously, we won’t be able to work, serve and love well. We will end up a hot mess of frustration and anxiety.

I hear ya’ sister…that struggle is real, and I feel it every day!

That’s why I am committed to helping women like you refocus their faith and get in shape. Because when we are planted in God’s Word, and feeling healthy and confident, we can go out and do all of those things God calls us to do, and we can do them excellently!

Sign up below and get my 3 Day Faith and Fitness Quick Start Guide for Busy Women. In it you will find 3 days of Bible study (looking at a different Psalm each day), and 3 quick, effective and simple workouts for you to do at home! This guide is totally FREE and will take you less than 30 minutes to go through each day!

 Sign up here, to snag yours!

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Faith Filled Yoga; Why You Should Give it a Try!

One of the main keys to getting in shape is finding a type of exercise that you love…or at least one don’t hate! So, I am bringing in some friends to share about the types of exercise they love in the hopes that something will pique your interest, and get you moving!  Today’s guest is a good friend of mine. In fact, she was one of my very first friends in BKK and was definitely my “how to survive life in BKK life coach”. Kristi is a yogi, and a fantastic workout partner. She is also a rockstar runner (like the kind that wins races), and became a certified Holy Yoga Instructor about two years ago. You can check her out in IG, and follow her fun BKK life!

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I remember my first encounter with yoga my senior year at university.  I was experiencing some hip pain as a result of a car accident, and my chiropractor at the time recommended I try yoga to help in the healing process.  I didn’t take his advice right away, but as a committed runner, I was desperate to be able to get back to running regularly again; so soon enough, I found a local gym offering a yoga/pilates class and signed up.

To say I was skeptical is an understatement.  Yoga to me seemed like one of those things people did who wanted to just be still, stretch and meditate a little, which seemed so far from what I wanted in regard to exercise and fitness (I have learned to love a good, long sweaty run).  But next thing I knew, I was 3 months into the class and found myself showing up a few times a week, and looking forward to the next class.  And best of all, my hip pain had disappeared completely.

I was spot on in my evaluation of the class, being that yoga does offer all of the things I was skeptical of: the invitation to be still, increased flexibility, and an invitation to presence of mind, heart and body.  But the thing I was wrong about was my assumption that this practice of yoga wasn’t “my kind of thing”.  Instead, I found myself realizing two things:

1) How amazing of a workout yoga was, different than any of the other types of workout I had ever known; crazy hard in it’s own way and yet one of those workouts that my body seemed to thank me for at the end of every class (and a perfect counter-balance to my other weekly workouts for increasing flexibility and helping to stretch out crazy sore muscles).

2) That stillness, deep stretching and taking time to be present to my body and to my heart was something I needed more than I ever knew.  Something that once I got a little taste of, I found myself wanting more of in the midst of this crazy thing called life.

It wasn’t until a few years later that I attended my first Holy Yoga class, lead by a friend who was offering the class near my house.  Holy Yoga took all that I had experienced in other yoga classes, and incorporated a rooted meditation on Biblical truths.  I found that in this practice of Holy Yoga, as my body was practicing yoga, God’s word was at work within me, and so often I heard the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart.  It was 100% yoga and 100% worship – and this, I loved.

And now, 3 years later, I lead that very class that I once attended. Even though I still run regularly and love hitting up other fun workouts throughout my week, yoga has become as much part of my life as any of those other activities.

Yoga, as a practice, is intended to connect the whole being – mind, body and spirit.  Using a series of movements (“poses”) designed to allow for the use of deep muscles, and increase the bodies’ natural flexibility, you are able to develop space to experience things physically that may never have been accessible to you before.  But even greater than this, yoga is a practice intended to create space for mind, heart, and body connection.

I love that yoga creates a space to be still.  No phone, no have-to’s, only get-to’s.  And I love the benefits that my body experiences after a yoga practice, kind of like it screams THANK YOU at the end of a class.  But most of all, I love that yoga is for anyone.  No matter what your body type or how “fit” you consider yourself, you can practice yoga.  That’s why it’s called a practice, because it’s never finished.  We all start somewhere, and as we continue, we find ourselves slowly moving forward and finding deeper spaces and more things we are able to do.  A little like the practice of LIFE huh?

So how ‘bout it?  I was a crazy skeptic and now, am a crazy instructor.  All I can say is try a class, or a few (usually the first class is a lot just figuring it out, so stick it out a few weeks).  I have a feeling you’ll surprise yourself with how great your body feels, but even more so, you will find the delight of the stillness and presence in the midst of the non-stop rhythm of life.

And if you are ever in Bangkok, come join me for class.

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Are you a busy woman juggling faith, work, home and family?

I am too.

Sometimes women like us can get so focused on helping others that we forget to take some time for ourselves. We don’t set aside time to spend with God, and  workouts fall to the wayside. I get it. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have another minute in my day to spare. But, if we don’t take our spiritual and physical health seriously, we won’t be able to work, serve and love well. We will end up a hot mess of frustration and anxiety.

I hear ya’ sister…that struggle is real, and I feel it every day!

That’s why I am committed to helping women like you refocus their faith and get in shape. Because when we are planted in God’s Word, and feeling healthy and confident, we can go out and do all of those things God calls us to do, and we can do them excellently!

Sign up below and get my 3 Day Faith and Fitness Quick Start Guide for Busy Women. In it you will find 3 days of Bible study (looking at a different Psalm each day), and 3 quick, effective and simple workouts for you to do at home! This guide is totally FREE and will take you less than 30 minutes to go through each day!

 Sign up here, to snag yours!

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6 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout

Some people live, breathe and dream about workouts. You hate those people. I know. Most of us know we need to workout, and know why. But few stay motivated to actually get our butt’s in gear, to finally make working out a habit! I’ve written about some ways to build that kind of habit, but wanted to give you a few tips on staying motivated. Obviously there will be some overlap between the habit building and motivation, but there are a few extra things you can do to keep your motivation level up!

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Know your “why”

Having a clear “why” for your pursuit of health, is crucial to staying motivated. And let me be clear…aesthetic goals are a place to start, but they are usually not enough to keep you going when things get tough. So come up with something deeper. Wanting to be able to stick around for your grandkids,  live your life with energy, be able to work and serve others well,  are all big-picture “why’s” that will keep you moving, when all you want to do is climb in bed with Ben and Jerry.

Non-scale victories

I don’t own a scale. I don’t let my daughters weigh themselves. I was enslaved to the numbers on a scale for years. Let me tell you, that no number on a scale can measure your actual health, strength or how energetic and strong you feel. I like for my clients to have other types of goals and then we celebrate when they meet those goals!  Maybe they want to do a certain number of push-ups, fit into a certain pair of pants, or be able to run around the back yard with their kids without having to take a break. The scale can’t measure any of those things. AND… 150lbs on someone who never works out, and eats fast food all of the time, is going to look a lot different than 150lbs on someone who is living a healthy lifestyle fueling their body well, and growing in their strength.  Celebrating non-scale victories helps you to see progress more clearly, and reminds you of the deeper reasons why you are pursuing a healthier lifestyle!

Switch it up

Some people love consistency, but most of us get bored easily. Change up your workouts. If you live in a city with ClassPass or GuavaPass, I highly recommend you utilize those! They are a perfect way to try out different types of workouts, bringing you some variety. Having something new to try and master keeps most people motivated to keep truckin’ on! If you can’t swing a ClassPass or Guava Pass, then vary your workouts at home. Try different types of YouTube videos and mix them up with a run, a sprint session or a heavy weight session!

Find community (online or off)

You have probably heard the saying, you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. So, choose wisely! Surround yourself with people who understand your goals, and who are working towards the same thing. If you can find this in your offline life, awesome! If not, join some online FB groups, get a trainer or join an online bootcamp (shameless plug), or connect with people through social media (check out some fitness related hash-tags). If everyone around you (or everyone in your IG feed) is making time for the gym, a little positive peer pressure might kick in, and get your booty to the gym as well!

Schedule it in your day

What gets planned gets done. And ya’ll, I’m NOT a planner. But, I am learning this principle, and implementing it in my own loose way (planners of the world would mock me, but I am getting it together in the planning department). If you put a workout on your to-do list you are more likely to do it (<–see what I did there). Even though I am not a huge list-maker and crosser-offer, I am much more likely to get anything I put in writing, done! Schedule a workout into your day, and then cross it off when you finish.

Set up small rewards along the way

Set up small rewards like a new pair of workout capris, some new sneakers, a quick massage, or an afternoon off at the coffee shop when you meet a goal. I am not a fan of food being a reward, and you certainly wouldn’t want to reward yourself with something that will derail your goals (like a week off of working out)! So, think about what would reinforce your healthy lifestyle, and then set your goals with that reward in mind.

Here are some examples:

  • When I am able to complete 10 chin-ups, I will get a manicure and pedicure with my friend.
  • When I have worked out every week day for an entire month, I will buy a a new workout outfit.
  • When I drop one dress size, I will take one Saturday morning off to go read in a coffee shop.

Be sure to tell someone about your goals and rewards so that you will have some people cheering you on and celebrating with you as you begin reaching those goals!

Staying motivated to work out can be a challenge when you are busy living life and doing your thing. But, the benefits are obvious (in addition to the health benefits, there is a lot f research that shows regular exercise can correlate to productivity and overall success at work). So, while it would be great if we were all intrinsically motivated to live a sugar free life at the gym, it is likely that you will need to get creative in your extrinsic motivators. Enlist help and do what you’ve got to do. You might find over time that once you have worked fitness into your life for long enough, that you actually do begin to feel a lot of that intrinsic motivation rising up in you. Until then…bribe yourself with a kid-free afternoon or some cute new LuLu’s!

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Are you a busy woman juggling faith, work, home and family?

I am too.

Sometimes women like us can get so focused on helping others that we forget to take some time for ourselves. We don’t set aside time to spend with God, and  workouts fall to the wayside. I get it. Sometimes I feel like I don’t have another minute in my day to spare. But, if we don’t take our spiritual and physical health seriously, we won’t be able to work, serve and love well. We will end up a hot mess of frustration and anxiety.

I hear ya’ sister…that struggle is real, and I feel it every day!

That’s why I am committed to helping women like you refocus their faith and get in shape. Because when we are planted in God’s Word, and feeling healthy and confident, we can go out and do all of those things God calls us to do, and we can do them excellently!

Sign up below and get my 3 Day Faith and Fitness Quick Start Guide for Busy Women. In it you will find 3 days of Bible study (looking at a different Psalm each day), and 3 quick, effective and simple workouts for you to do at home! This guide is totally FREE and will take you less than 30 minutes to go through each day!

 Sign up here, to snag yours!

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Why You Should Spend More Time at the Barre!

 

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Today I am super excited for a couple of reasons. First, I LOVE barre and think it is such a kick booty workout! Second, because you are about to hear from a true expert! I met Julie when she was here in Bangkok, opening the Physique 57 studio here. I had been doing barre for a while, and was excited to try it at a new studio. I am so glad I ended up in Julie’s class! It was a crazy hard, kick-butt class (seriously hard ya’ll), but was so fun, and  it went by super fast! I got to talk with Julie a bit after class and she was so sweet! I was actually kind of bummed we didn’t get to hang out more (she moved back to the States a couple of weeks after we talked), so was glad to reconnect through FB.

When I was thinking through this series, I was planning on writing this post myself. But then, I realized Julie would be WAY better suited to write this, so I was super pumped when she agreed to do it! I love what she has to say about barre itself, and about cross-training (I totally agree). If you haven’t tried a barre class yet, I think this might make you want to give it a shot!

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PastedGraphic-1Barre technique can be a bit ambiguous for those who have never tried it. While it does involve a ballet “barre” to hold on to, it does not resemble a ballet class much at all. Coming from someone who has trained in ballet my whole life, “barre” fitness definitely has its own identity. A barre workout, does usually use music, and does use muscle groups that develop the lean, long muscles of a dancer’s body, but it is not the image that some create in their heads of pink and tutus and classical music. It is truly no joke.

I always describe barre technique to my clients as “humbling”. If you were to watch a class from the outside, it looks like intervals of small, tiny movements, “pulsing”, and lifting and circling, for sustained periods of time. It honestly does not seem like much of a challenge. But then you give it a try and these tiny movements do not seem so small anymore. They are small but mighty, and these tiny, yet repetitive, isometric movements in class strengthen, lengthen, stabilize, and firm muscles while building bone density and protecting joints.

Something that changed drastically for me when I started at Physique 57, was the development of lean muscle mass which boosted my metabolism significantly. I have had to watch my weight my entire teenage/adult life due to ballet. This involved counting calories, hopping on a treadmill to try to burn and negate the calories that I did consume, and to be honest, going through several dangerous and harmful diets to try to be as thin as a short muscular gal could be. Of course, to no avail. Barre fitness provided the strength training my body needed that whole time. I love food. And I love wine. And I love chocolate. Physique 57 changed everything about my metabolism. I eat probably twice as many calories as I did before, even while I was dancing professionally as a full-time job.

With barre, even though you develop lean muscle mass, you never have to worry about bulking up due to the fact that you only use your own body weight for resistance. Once you have an understanding of how to create resistance with your own body, safely, but intensely, the results are outstanding. In the workout, you use your body’s resistance and repeat each tiny movement using the same muscle groups so that they become overloaded to the point of fatigue. This is one way that barre fitness is similar to dance, in that the controlled movements may look effortless, but in fact are quite a challenge of body and mind.

I am firm believer in cross-training and promote finding several techniques that each offer something different for every individual. I still dance, I run a little, and when I step into a functional training class, I usually die, in a good way. It is beneficial to try and push your body in different ways. That differentiation is what keeps your muscles guessing, and the longer you can keep your muscles guessing, the more you will challenge them to change and get stronger. For example, I am not a runner at all, but I just completed my first half-marathon, and it was solely due to the strength-training and stamina that I get from working at Physique 57. My joints stayed healthy from the stabilizing and stretching that I get from class. Mixing it up is the spice of life. I believe that finding 2 or 3 techniques that work for you, will give you the best results and will keep you from falling into a workout rut, where you become unmotivated.

So, stay motivated! You have to challenge your body as you would your mind. And then treat it right. Balance strength with cardio, and balance intensity with stretch and you will keep gaining power and definition in your muscles without causing injury. That is definitely the balance that barre fitness and Physique 57 created for me. I hope that it can do that for you, or that you find a couple of techniques that give you the balance that you need and the results that you desire.

I have so much respect for people that stay motivated to workout in addition to full-time jobs, while balancing family. Working out should be something that is beneficial and enjoyable, instead of something you squeeze in because you “have” to. Hopefully barre fitness can work its way into your routine, as I am a true believer and have been a witness to its benefits. But if not, I hope you definitely find escape and balance in whichever techniques that you choose!

About Julie

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Julie Cobble started training in dance at age five, and knew it was her dream. After moving to Washington, DC area, she trained at the Washington School of Ballet and had opportunities to start performing with the professional company. She performed internationally in places like Albania, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. While she still performs free-lancing in New York City, she started getting involved in fitness as a way to continue teaching and working in a safe and healthy way with the body. She received her Yoga Alliance Certification in 2007 and taught at several studios throughout New York and New Jersey. She found barre fitness at Physique 57, 4 years ago and fell in love with the natural way it strengthened and lengthened muscles like a dancer. Last year she was sent as lead instructor for the opening of Physique 57 Bangkok, and was inspired by reaching people through the technique all over the world. Back in New York, she works as the Associate Manager of Talent for Physique 57, teaching and training new instructors.

Check her out on Instagram: Julie Cobble

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