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What is hardcore, yet fun; forces you to work up a sweat you never knew possible, yet makes you feel on top of the world; tones you like a Mother-f&*ker , amplifies and leans out your muscles like a ballerina AND a Victoria’s Secret model? Your newest favourite, must-try exercise, der! Or in real-speak: Xtend Barre!
What is Xtend Barre, you ask?
Xtend Barre is a hardcore fusion of Pilates and ballet. It brings in elements of dance, ballet and Pilates to create an adrenaline-fueled workout that strengthens, lengthens and chisels the body.
Each class features an elegant yet energetic combination of movements that enhance flexibility, improve balance, and challenge the core. We take pride in our clients’ sweat and guide them to jaw dropping results by doing everything we can to keep their bodies on point in the studio and beyond.
In October and November, I took up a 60 day challenge to overhaul my perspective on health and fitness. I did the Xtend Barre 60 Day Challenge with Xtend Barre Mosman and Xtend Barre Manly, and it is safe to say – it was the best decision I have ever made. Why? Because not only did I learn that I love exercise, but also, that I love Xtend Barre.
The 60 Day Challenge is an encouraging challenge, both internally and externally, as a means of caring for your body. It gets Xtenders to commit to 3, 4 or 5 classes a week (I did the base at 3 classes a week) and then be guided by a nutrition plan based around those classes. It is a hardcore commitment for 60 days, that is designed to see Barre-lovers tone up, change their habits and learn about the art of commitment.
Was the Xtend Barre 60 Day Challenge worth it?
In a word (or two) – heck yes!
My arms slimmed down which was unexpected – I just thought my fat arms were something I was going to have to live with the rest of my life. My inner leg chunkiness de-chunkified a little (not a lot – there is a LOT of fat and muscle in that area), and my stomach started sprouting abs… Well, somewhere under the fat. AND, I lost 2kgs! Weight-loss was certainly not on my agenda as I did not stick to the eating plan (I can only do one thing at a time, and this round, it was actually attending classes. Next step- eating well).
As you may have read, the first month was hard. The second month, well, that is where I found my groove. I was bouncing off the walls with extra energy, my body was becoming so toned I couldn’t wait for Summer, and my bones and joints were less creaky. Heck, even my skin became something quite impressive, and I had a radiance happening in my eyes.
The second month also saw me go up in hand weights (trust me, a big feat) and I was able to get through the whole session without a cramp or having to stop. My fitness skyrocketed and it was showing in my happiness.
The reason I really wanted to tone up; aside from the fact that I was getting chunky and unhealthy: was that I wanted to feel good about my big Kidspots Top 5 Blog awards. And do you know what? I did! I felt really great about how far I had come, and what 2015 was going to hold for me. So, a big thank you to the seriously amazing team at Xtend Barre Mosman and Manly for making me stick to a routine, and for allowing me to breathe easier at my awards – eternal gratitude is where it is at!
Overall, I am positively glowing with excitement to get back to the barre in 2015 (a few little personal issues have meant I had to stop for a little – trust me, I have been itching to get back asap). I never imagined that I would get excited about exercise, let alone exerting myself so much I wanted to cry. Yep, I actually LOVED the pain because I knew it would be over and then I would be laughing.
So, if you want to find me in 2015, you will find me at the Barre in London (when I get there mid February), making new friends, glowing with happiness and being grateful for this discovery.
Are you ready to Xtend? Are you keen to give the 60 Day Challenge a whirl?
Image credit – own and Xtend Barre Australia Facebook