Here is some very un-instagram worthy fitness advice: get ugly! Tons of people who take their health and fitness habits serious document their triumphs, #ootd’s, and overnight oats on social media, and show the beauty of a healthy lifestyle. Here’s the thing though, when I am working my hardest, I look terrible! And that’s a good thing! When I walk out of a spin class, I am red faced for an hour, my hair is sticking up in every direction, and my once pristine Lululemons are soaked in sweat. This look is the sign of a workout fiend; I take my time in class seriously, more than the Instagram after!
My favorite part of every barre class is the seat work. The other day, Pure Barre Capitol Hill held a lifted ledge intensive class, and for my gluteus it was like I’d gone to my shaking fitness Heaven! I have always had muscular legs and thighs, and barre has really helped me embrace that aspect of my body that used to give me horrible insecurity. My absolutely favorite exercise we do at Pure Barre is the fetal position, and let me tell you, when I look it in the mirror during this move, the worst possible angle is staring right back at me.
To do the fetal position exercise, you start by lying of your left side, with your head resting on your arm as a pillow, and your right arm in front of you making a 90 degree angle to your body. Your legs are curled up in a ball, as close to your body as possible. You then lift your outside leg so your knees are no more than a few inches apart. In a Pure Barre class we’d vary the movements, so you are feeling the work in the outside of your lifted leg. A couple of minutes into this exercise, your butt will be shaking, then comes the hard part. To finish this exercise, straighten your leg and flex your ankle, so there is absolutely no bend in your knee, and repeat the motions again, keeping your leg as straight and as close to your face as possible.
The position works my seat to the point of exhausted unlike an other, but looking in the mirror while doing is not always fun. As you can see, you get a nice picture of the underside of my butt, and not much else. No one looks while doing this exercise, but everyone gets a great workout in their outer seat. All of my favorite positions are like this. If I’m truly working my hardest and transforming my body, I look terrible!
It’s often misleading seeing fitness gurus online with their perfect hair, photos to hit their body at just the right angle, and lighting to hide imperfections. In reality, working hard means blood sweat and tears! Well, hopefully not the blood and tears, but certainly a lot of sweat and a lot of bad angles. So go get ugly! That’s where the change is made.
by Tizzy Brown @bizzytown
Barretender at Pure Barre DC