For the past few months I've been making an effort to be healthyish by actually spending time being physically active.
I hate sweating. I hate working out. I hate gyms.
Hating these three things can make fitness a challenge.
The result is that I most enjoy group fitness classes as the lesser of the fitness evils.
In Vermont, that meant Pilates and Bikram Yoga with the occasional Spin Class thrown in.
Here in Little Rock, there are no Bikram studios, there are no dedicated Pilates studios (well, there's one, but they don't have Mat Pilates), and when I went hunting for Spin options I only found one place that sounded promising.
Luckily, that place was ZenStudio.
They offer all kinds of group fitness classes, including the best Mat Pilates class I've found in a long time (with Kerri on Saturdays at 8:30AM. Get up and come, it's worth it.) and a cool Barre style class that I've been very into called BarreAmped.
I like it because unlike other Barre classes, it's less dancey and more Pilates based...and it is a KILLER workout.
Since I'm pretty inflexible, I have scoliosis, and I've been lazy about fitness for the past three years or so, BarreAmped classes are a challenge for me, but they're a challenge for everyone in the class no matter their level of fitness. Even the instructors admit to shaking and pushing through it because the maneuvers the technique employs are designed to use your body weight to exhaust your muscles. It's hard, man.
I've been doing my best to make it to at least 2-3 Barre classes a week, but since typically the only classes that fit in my schedule are at 5:30 AM it can sometimes be hard. It's always worth it afterwards because I feel so accomplished that I've survived another hour of stretching and shaking - plus I can practically do a plank again!
If you're in Little Rock, I highly encourage you to hit up ZenStudio for some fitness action. They're great, the instructors know what they're doing, and the locations are convenient. Plus, they even gave me a present for my birthday! That definitely made showing up for class at 5:30 in the morning worthwhile
If you're not in Little Rock, see if there's a BarreAmped class near you and give it a shot.