pdXercise guest post: kicking egos and taking numbers

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I asked my pal and co-worker, Jen, to guest blog and share her wisdom with us all… because she kind of killed it at Firebrand Sports the other day. Firebrand was nice enough to offer some free “lunchtime express” classes to our office. I went with Jen to their “Pyrolates” class and then me and my jelly legs promptly left to go back to our desk and silently cry. Jen, on the other hand, immediately went on to finish their cycling class back to back… making her the official queen of badassery.  Continue reading

It’s the little things that count…and also kick your booty

As a 5’1″ individual, it may come as a shock to everyone that I tend to embrace the big things over the small (and by shock I mean not at all). I like tall shoes. I talk loudly. I can spill a glass of water across the table with one giant, spastic lift of my fork.

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So, the thought of purposely choosing small, isolated movements as exercise over big jumping jacks and long runs was something that never occurred to me until I took a Barre3 class.  Continue reading

And my Pilates saga continues…

Last night, I attended a class at Pil-oga-robic. It’s a studio in NE Portland that combines Pilates, yoga, cardio and strength training. Kind of like Pilates/yoga/cardio… or… Pil-oga-robics.

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The p-o-r WALL class I took felt akin to bootcamp classes I’ve taken in the past, just with the  added element of grace from reformers and bungee resistance instead of burpees and push-ups.  Continue reading

Barre3 in the park like a boss

Yesterday marked 2 important milestones for me– I accomplished my first-ever Barre class. And, I accomplished my first-ever Barre class outside. barre3pdxercise copy

To celebrate their 5 year anniversary, Barre3 offered a free class to the public this weekend. The class took place in The Fields park in the Pearl District and thankfully Portland got the memo and decided to put on the most beautiful sun-fest for everyone that attended. Continue reading

My love/hate Pilates relationship: Studio Blue

Oh, pilates. I’m not quite sure how I feel about you yet. On one hand, I like that you’re supposed to make me long and lean since I come from good peasant stock. On the other hand, all of those small, isolated movements you’re all about are boring as shit.

There. I said it.

Now that I got that out of my system… Studio Blue Pilates has a week free special going on, y’all! I took advantage and went to a pilates mat class the other day. While I am by no means a pilates aficionado (clearly, by my introduction you’ve figured that out already), I’ve done a pilates workout tape or two in the past, so I am familiar with the yoga-esque poses and elegantly-worded sit-ups. Continue reading