All posts tagged: barbells

Belly Up to the Barre

Doing Barre classes 4 times a week for 4 weeks created surprising changes in my strength – both physical and mental strength.

Strong Mind; Strong Body

I first started doing Les Mills Body¬† Pump classes at my gym because the timing of the class worked well for me and because it wasn’t cardio-focused I knew I wouldn’t have to jump around a lot. I was just beginning my fitness journey at the time with the goal of finding workouts I didn’t dread doing. I would dread cardio. Pumping some weights – no dread, plus I got a night off from the kids’ bedtime duty. At the time, I didn’t know the benefits of strength training, but hey, it was a workout and any workout at that point was better than no workout. If you’re not familiar with Body Pump, it’s pretty hardcore. You use barbells (like the long metal stick with round metal plates that you attach to the end). The workout follows the same basic format each class: warmup, squats, chest, back, triceps, lunges, shoulders, abs, and cool down.¬† Every so often Les Mills comes out with a new release which sets the entire workout to different music (meaning different …