Thigh Dancing, oh yea!

Hello lovelies! Thank you for the warm reception; it’s good to be back! Now if only I could be writing from a beach chair in the tropics, rather than a Starbucks in Manhattan as I hide from the cold. Ah well, I suppose there’s still something kind of wonderful about cozying up with a cup of decaf, my Shiatsu notes and all of you.

Originally I was just going to trudge to school, be a responsible student and hunker down in the library for 3 hours. Lately, though, I’ve been trying to indulge in little self care luxuries more often. Note I said “little” since my husband and I are still a young couple living in NYC on only one salary while paying for my education! In lieu of weekend trips to St. Maarten, I’m enjoying small treats like coffee (bought with a gift card) and some new exercise classes. Which classes you ask? Well, I started my alternative fitness mission about two weeks ago by trying the Physique 57 DVD suite at the suggestion of my dear friend, Diana!

For those who aren’t familiar, Physique 57 is a barre-based class inspired by the Lotte Berk Method. It incorporates light weights, a playground ball, and a whole lot of sweat and determination. The DVDs start with a brief warmup and an arms section using weights. Each section is followed by brief stretches for the muscles that were just worked and then you move right on to the next muscle group. Other sections include thighs (lots of plies and squats), seat (the torturous “pretzel”), and core. By the end of each section, my legs were shaking, my heart was pumping and, as Tanya says in the video, that is how we make muscle! I did the classic 57-minute workout every day for a week and capped it all off by attending one of the classes at the studio on 57th Street.┬áThe class followed a format similar to the DVDs but was even harder! (I couldn’t finish the thigh or seat sections because I was afraid my legs were going to collapse under me).

And the signature “thigh dancing” section was practically impossible, but you’ll be happy to know I’m getting much better at the deep pelvic thrusts. Stephanie, the instructor for the class, was amazing though – so supportive, very attentive, and awesomely high energy considering class started at 8am on a Saturday!

Ever since that class I’ve been keeping up with the DVDs, especially since they’re significantly cheaper than paying $35 for classes. Not that I wouldn’t try to maximize a monthly membership at the studio (and I can only imagine the kind of results I’d see!!), but the $450 price tag is most definitely outside my budget. Thankfully the DVDs continue to be incredibly challenging and, to give myself a little variety, I’ve also started adding some other barre-style classes into my workouts. Stay tuned for my thoughts on these, and on what that means for the future of my fitness routine!

In the meantime, my coffee is almost gone, my school work is giving me ‘the look’ from my backpack, and I’ve got to go!

Talk soon :)

Have you ever taken a barre-style class? What do you think of workout DVDs? Any suggestions?

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13 responses to “Thigh Dancing, oh yea!

  1. Great review! My strategy for the thighs section is to pace myself, although that does mean sometimes I get angry with myself for not pushing as hard as I could have from the start. I am not a fan of when we do thigh dancing in CF, although it is nice to sit down.

    • I didn’t answer your questions! Yes, I have taken many barre classes! My favorite is Core Fusion (obviously). I also love their DVDs, they are a great workout. I definitely struggle with pushing myself as hard as when I am in class, but my legs shake, my arms and abs burn and I know I am getting the job done.

      • I agree, it’s sometimes too easy to slack when I’m doing a DVD at home, but I took a class this morning and saw real changes for the first time. That was all the motivation I needed to push myself again!!

  2. I admire you for doing so much P57 in such a short span of time! I have to say, I think it may be the thigh dancing alone that makes me think twice before popping in one of those DVDs ;) it’s murder! But the results are undeniable. So glad you’ve found a format you like. :)

  3. What a wonderful review Katherine! I will pass your post along to Stephanie – I’m sure it will make her smile knowing how much you liked her class. She is a fabulous instructor. Which DVDs have you been using at home? Would love to hear your favorites!

    Keep up the good work and we look forward to seeing you in class again soon. We have a great Mat 57 class that I think you would enjoy. It takes Pilates mat movements and incorporates cardio, toning and stretching to intensify the workout.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, and for suggesting the Mat57 class! I’ll have to look into that since my cousin just started taking classes and we’ve been looking for one to enjoy together.

      I’ve been doing both of the 57-minute DVDs and tried the Arm & Ab Booster DVD last week. I love switching them up so I feel like I’m always getting a new challenge!

  4. Jessica

    You summed up my experience with the class completely, and you inspired me to do the video’s at home!

  5. Mary Bouwkamp

    Workout videos are all very well but the repetition starts to drive me crazy after a couple of viewings. Hearing the “star” make the same comments with the same smile over and over gets old in a hurry. I always thought it would be wonderful if the video came with 2 sound tracks: one with the voice and background music to learn the routines and one with just the music so you could have the same great rhythms to help you stay energized without the boring commentary.

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  7. I love my dvds, glad you are enjoying them too!

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