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Flowing Through my Days in my Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rises

Happy Hump Day, my friends!

Wednesdays are my longest days because I am on the go from 4 a.m. until 7 p.m. or so! I am so thankful for awesome clothing to support my chaotic schedule, be it I am teaching my early bird Pure Barre class, or photographing an event at work. I pretty much always have a business outfit and an active outfit prepped and ready to go!

In regards to active wear, a new pair of athletic leggings is making top ranks among my favorites: the Lululemon Wunder Under Hi-Rises.

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These athletic leggings fit like a hug. No joke, they are very form fitting, which in my opinion is great for work outs where I really want to feel compact and focused on my form. So far I have worn them to walk my dogs, flow through yoga, and of course take and teach Pure Barre, and they are a great versatile garment.

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These pants are designed to hug you, and they appear to be true to size. For reference, I am 5’5″, 25″/35″ waist/hips, and the 4s are snug, but a great fit!

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I like that the material is thick, yet it is breathable. These leggings are opaque, as well, which is always worth a few extra bucks, in my opinion. The high waist is also a favorite for me because it is a continuous reminder to engage my core, and also it makes for smooth lines beneath snug active shirt.

I am very pleased with my pair of Wunder Under Hi-Rises, and I am so thankful to Lululemon Huntsville for giving me the chance to product test this gear!

Get your pair of Wunder Under Hi-Rises today!

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What’s your fave athletic garment?

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The Skinny on Pure Barre

It’s that time of the year again where I find myself explaining to coworkers and friends about my favorite workout, Pure Barre! 


You see, once a quarter I get to share 3 passes that are good for one month unlimited of Pure Barre classes, and boy do I love to share the love! Now maybe I am biased because I have been instructing Pure Barre classes for a little over a year now, but I’ll be honest–it took me awhile to “get” Pure Barre. 

Pure Barre was presented to me as a workout I’d just love because I have a background in ballet. I took my first class with certain expectations that were not the most realistic. Pure Barre is not a dance class, and truthfully, I find little correlation between ballet technique and Pure Barre exercises. 

Pure Barre is, however, a low impact workout that uses body weight and various positions at a ballet barre to exercise major muscle groups. The exercises are paired with dynamic playlists with good beats to really drive the workout. 

Everyone’s first Pure Barre class is always brutal. Always. Never have I seen an exception. Pure Barre is all about small, dynamic inch-sized movements, so yes–watching the class, participants tend to look really graceful as they workout. But never has an inch seemed so large as it does when taking a Pure Barre class! Be patient, it takes time for your muscles to learn how to work this way. 

Another reason that Pure Barre is brutal the first time (or several) around is that everyone in class seems to just know what is coming next. 

Each Pure Barre class starts with a warm up (honestly the hardest part of class in my opinion). Following warmup there are three thigh exercises, two seat exercises, and a variety of abdominal work. For me, it took about 7 classes to figure out the flow of class and the mechanics of the exercises. 

For beginners I normally recommend they commit to some sort of package that allows them to take 3 to 4 classes a week for a month. I think this gives a person an opportunity to learn the technique as well as see results. 

For me personally, Pure Barre is not something that drastically changes my body; however, it tones up all of my classic female problem areas. I love that it tones up my chest, so that that little piece of flab that likes to cling to tank tops goes away, and my thighs get a nice chisel. 

I most often hear about women seeing a nice change in their rears–we call the lift of the seat that women see created through Pure Barre a Pure Barre ledge! 

To finish up, here are my favorite aspects of Pure Barre, as well as a few tips for beginners! 


Why I Love Pure Barre:

-it’s low impact, so it is great for people recovering from injuries, or who have weak joints. It really helps with my scoliosis. 

-it tones and strengthens the areas I find softer than my ideal; most of these areas being common trouble spots for ladies. 

-there is a real sense of community at Pure Barre. I love it!

-while I get stronger and better at Pure Barre technique, it never gets easier. I love that it remains challenging!

My Tips for Beginners:

-commit to a package right off the bat. Pure Barre will not change you over night, but over the consistent course of a month–heck yeah!

-ask your instructor questions after class. Things won’t click right away, and class is fast-paced, so there’s no time to talk during the workout. That doesn’t mean that we instructors don’t love to break things down for you after class. 

-take a Breaking Down The Barre course. It’s aimed at explaining a lot of FAQs!

-You have nothing to prove. So grab the 2 lb. weights. Seriously, don’t play hero. 2 lb. weights.  

I hope this post is enlightening to anyone curious about Pure Barre! It’s become a really positive part of my life and workout routine. I highly recommend it! 


What’s your go to workout? 
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Bunny Chasin’, Tongue Scrapin’, and GRATITUDE

Good morning, y’all! I’m sippin’ on coffee #2 in hopes it helps my body vaguely remember what is a routine.

I listen to this podcast called The Ultimate Health Podcast on a regular basis (highly recommend!) and the hosts ask every guest about his or her morning routine. There is a lot of research behind the habits of successful people, and something they tend to have in common is a set morning routine or ritual. The Ultimate Health Podcast are not the only ones onto morning routines–I see a lot of articles addressing this topic on my favorite website, The Everygirl, as well.

Prior to the wedding and holiday season, I got into a few consistent morning habits. In honor of today being my first day of work this year, I decided to make the most of my morning.

I got up bright and early and took the doggos for a walk. They enjoyed fresh air and chasing bunnies. We managed to only splash through a couple of puddles.

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Bunny?!
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Wut where?!
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Hungry muffins post bunny hunt

After I got the muffins back, mud off their paws, and food in their bowls, I drank a whole 8 oz. of water before I brewed my cup of joe. That’s right. I wasn’t joking when I said I made the most of the morning. (I frikkin hate water first thing in the morning, but it’s 2017 gosh darnit.)

Before I let the first sip of caffeine run down my throat and touch my soul, I scraped my tongue. You may be thinking you read that wrong. But you didn’t. At the beginning of fall I purched an Ayurvedic tongue scraper. Believe it or not, tongue scraping is a hot topic on The Ultimate Health Podcast. 

The thought behind the practice is that when you scrape off the white film that forms on your tongue over night, you reduce bacteria in the mouth and stimulate your digestive system, thus waking up the body.

After I finished getting ready for the day, I logged my 5 points of gratitude. I got into this habit last year. Every morning I jot down 5 things for which I am grateful. I try to make these items specific. Some people do a similar practice before bed each evening; however, I am more successful at consistency if I do this in the morning, and it helps me form a positive mindset each day.

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What about you? Do you have any morning rituals?

 

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