Pilates ProWorks Review – Is Pilates A Good Workout?

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Leg Circles on the platform (Picture c/o https://fittyblog.wordpress.com)

Is Pilates a good workout? I’ve always been a skeptic about Pilates since traditional cardio and strength training gives me the best visual results.  But if you love your HIIT cardio and weight training, Pilates might be extra beneficial. It’s easy to lose touch with flexibility and smaller muscles in your body when you’re sore from intense workouts.

As part of our 2016 Fitness AdventuresCaity and I attended a Pilates reformer class for our Pilates ProWorks review here in San Francisco (check out her review of the class here).

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Barry’s Bootcamp Review: Marina SF Studio

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One of the first things I hear from people when I tell them they should try Barry’s Bootcamp is, “I’m scared!”. Fear not my little Barry’s cherries (their name for newbs) and read on for my review of this ass-kicking workout, that I did with my girl Caity at their Marina, San Francisco location as part of our 2016 Fitness Adventures.

Overview of the workout

After I heard about Barry’s, I checked out this video of men and women working out to bumping, up-tempo music in a low-lit room lined with treadmills, weight benches, and giant mirrors. Did I mention they were absolutely dripping in sweat? As a fitness lover, this scene both excited and scared me.

Barry’s Bootcamp classes are 50-60 minutes long and are divided up into 6 to 15 minute intervals of running on the treadmill (HIIT), and weight training on the floor. The class is split into two groups who alternate between the tread and the floor, and the trainer calls out alternating commands to each group. Each day of the week is dedicated to a different body part (Arms & Abs, Back & Chest, Legs, Hardcore Abs, or Full Body) so if this was your one and only workout 5 days a week, you would hit every body part.

The Barry’s philosophy is to perform every move to failure, until one more rep seems impossible to encourage lean muscle growth. Most of us are well aware of the advantage of HIIT cardio – mix the two together, and you’ve for a recipe for super-fit success. Check out this Barry’s Bootcamp before and after pic (scroll down) – her abs!

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Ultra Light Down by Uniqlo: The Best Winter Travel Jacket

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Ultra light down is the ultimate weather travel accessory. In the last year, I visited over 20 cities for work and pleasure including Boston and Chicago in the middle of a deep freeze. When I lived in NYC my Canada Goose parka was my best friend, but it was impossible to pack for any of these trips because it’s so puffy!

As a frequent traveler I only use my favorite carry-on suitcase for most trips, thanks to the encouragement of my significant other. He learned to pack like a pro from the execs he works with  who travel 200 + days/year with just a carry on, but this is a real challenge for winter travel. I just can’t get on board with shoving my outerwear under airplane seats or in grimy overhead bins. Continue reading

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