I started my Saturday morning completing my 20th class at Pure Barre for the month of March. Every March Pure Barre runs a March Madness Challenge that challenges you to take 20 classes in 31 days. This challenge wouldn’t have been do able if I didn’t plan ahead and use my planner to hold myself accountable on when I had to tuck away at Pure Barre. Keep in mind, I teach at Pure Barre so this challenged me to head to the studio twice in one day sometimes. Thankfully the drive is easy. Throughout this month I did wish I lived a little closer to the studio, the 30 minute drive each way adds up. This was my second challenge that I have participated in and completed. I am secretly looking forward to the next one.
After I rocked my 20th class at Pure Barre I came home and switched into clean workout clothes. My body gets warm really fast which means I always sweat. I was already sweaty from my first workout that I wanted to head into my second workout at [solidcore] a little fresh. I typed the address into my phone and I was on my way.
Thankfully, I was heading to the same area that I was in last Saturday when I had brunch at Pie Tap Pizza Workshop for the Dallas Bloggers Brunch. The location of [solidcore] Dallas is easy to find with convenient parking. Hello parking garage! This is huge since I am not from Dallas and still trying to find my way around all the roads the city has.
I did allow plenty of time to get to the studio and check the area out. This area is full of shops, apartments, townhomes, and houses. If you live and work in this area you could go without a car. Walking away from the studio I saw people running, walking dogs, and window shopping. Crate and Barrel is on the corner and only a couple minutes from the studio door. How great is that?! You could get a solid workout in and then run any errands that you need done. Or you could run your errands then get your solid workout in. Whatever works best for you. Since I still had some time to kill before my workout I headed to Lululemon. Can you believe it, I went in and walked out with nothing? This rarely happens. I have been doing a really good job on asking myself “is it a need or is it a want” and it has paid off on not buying things. I started my way back to the studio enjoying the fresh air.
I opened the door and was greeted by Sam, the Studio Manager. If you have ever taken Pure Barre in Arlington she will look familiar. Sam is also the lead teacher at Pure Barre Arlington. She has defiantly challenged me to embrace my shake plenty of times in the studio.
Over my years in the fitness industry I have taught a wide variety of classes and have seen an assortment of different studio set ups. This by far is one of my favorites. Both long walls are lined with ceiling to floor mirrors. This is a huge tool to keep proper alignment throughout any practice. The front of the studio are windows that look out to the street and the back wall is covered in wood panels. I love this look!
Before we got into the actual workout Sam introduced us to Sweatlana. Sweatlana is a machine that was designed specifically for [solidcore]. After that we got on Sweatlana and started torching calories. It is a challenging full body workout that worked the deepest layer of my abdominals. The cueing of 15 seconds left made me fight for it. Sometimes, I was ready to be done sooner however, this is when I know what I am doing is effective. Having had knee and back surgery I did what I could when it came into lunges. A couple of times I had to stop however, I never felt bad or out of place that I couldn’t go as far as someone else in the class. To be honest, I was focused on me that I didn’t worry what others thought about what I was doing. I tried to take every challenge that was offered throughout the class. The directions were pretty easy to follow throughout class. This is huge since this was my first time ever taking a class. It is expected when you try something new to be a little lost however, you always want your workout to be effective and this workout didn’t disappoint. The carriage has numbers on it which is a great visual. Throughout the class we were told where our feet or hands needed to be and these numbers came into play. Slow and controlled is key to engage every single muscle. The class went by really fast. I’ve taken some fitness classes where the time seemed to stand still. This was not one of them. The cables we used to do presses and flies challenged me the perfect amount. Enough to where I am still feeling it a couple days later. My lower abdominals benefitted the most from this workout. It is hard to work your lower abdominals and this killed them in a great way.
Once class was over I made a face. The look on my face was this challenged me, what in the world did I just do, and I am so glad it’s over. It was one of those workouts that was a humbling experience that I couldn’t do everything and that was ok. It’s good to have goals to improve and get to a lower point the next time. Let’s face it, if I was able to rock everything would it really be effective for me?
If you are in the Dallas area, run don’t walk to [solidcore] Dallas. Your world will be rocked in a good way. Reward yourself after with a juice from Buda juice. Nothing beats fueling your body properly. It’s always good to try something new and different. This was one of those workouts that was new and different than what I have experienced before. With the grace and heart of a great instructor I can’t wait to try it again.