A Lazy Girl’s Thoughts on Yoga, Pilates and Barre

ClassPass Review San JoseLike everyone else right now, being healthier is one of my goals this year.  Whenever I visit the doctor’s office, I’m always asked how often I workout and shamefully say…rarely.

Now that I’m in my late 20s (YIKES), I’ve noticed that my metabolism is getting slower and my body is slowly changing.  No longer are my days of eating endless amounts of sweets and getting away with it. *sigh*

I know myself too well that if I set up goals that are too extreme from my daily routine, I know I’d fail.  So this week, I set a small goal of trying out different types of exercise and seeing what I like best.  I recently joined ClassPass, which is a monthly membership where you can try various fitness studios in your area.  For someone who doesn’t attend fitness classes very often, this membership is perfect for me so that I can try all these classes and I don’t have to fully commit to one studio.  So I thought that I could document my first month with ClassPass in case any of you are on a fitness kick this month. 🙂

This week, I took pilates, yoga, and barre classes (yup, feeling the soreness already).

1.) CorePower Yoga: The first class I took was a Beginning Power Yoga Class.  I’ve never heard of this studio until ClassPass, but I hear it’s really popular in Southern California.  The class I took was super small (only 4-5 students) and I did plenty of yoga poses that focused on the core.  My only complaint is that I wish the instructor demonstrated the moves more because I felt like such a newbie. -_-  However, I liked that they played upbeat house music and the facility was so clean/chic!  Everything was new and the locker room had everything I could need after class.  At the end of class, I was pleased that I broke a sweat and felt relaxed and focused.  I think those who love yoga but want a contemporary twist, this studio might be for you.

2.) Core Fitness Studio: I mistakenly took this Pilates Reformer class without any pilates experience, but the instructor was super nice and was really helpful when it came to the equipment and moves.  Next time, I’ll have to take an intro pilates class..oops!  I felt more sculpting with this class overall, more so than yoga.  My muscles were on fiiiiire!  My knees were a little shaky the rest of the day, but that just means that changes are happening!

3.) The Daily Method: I’ve taken barre classes before and boy do they kick my butt.  I’m not a trained dancer, so a lot of the moves are very difficult to do.  The instructors were there to help me every time I needed help.  I like that they emphasized being long and lean because I bulk up really quickly (bulky + short is not a good combo).  I think out of the three classes, I enjoyed this one the best.  The music was great, it’s at a new facility, and I felt the results immediately after class.  They also just added a cycle class, which I’m SUPER eager to do.  I’m a huge fan of SoulCycle so I can’t wait to compare the two.

What kinds of exercise do you do?  Do you recommend a class I should take next week?

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  • It sounds like you had some nice instructors! I have noticed at yoga classes, though, that they are less likely to demonstrate perfectly how to do the move which can be very confusing to a new person.

    • It was!! I felt like a weirdo looking at the other people in class on how to do the poses. hahaha xx

  • Maggie

    Love this post! I have started running, difficult but worth it! Im going to first cycling class soon!

    http://thatsmagsforyou.com

  • I run on the weekends (and after work during the warmer months), and do strength training and/or spin classes 3 times a week. Running is the best stress reliever ever!

    xoxo,
    Andrea

    http://www.andreaeveryday.com

    • Wow, Andrea – that’s amazing. You’re now my new inspiration hahaha, I wanna be able to do spin 3 times a week!! Where do you do spin class?

  • Stefanie Meier

    I just recently started taking pilates classes and absolutely love it, great post really helpful!

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

    • Thanks, Stefanie! I’m taking another pilates class next week, but this time – intro… 😛

  • I do a little yoga at home, just fifteen minutes every other day. But I like it a lot. It helps me to relax and it keeps my muscles supple and my body flexible.

    • That’s a good idea! I hear a lot of people do yoga when they first wake up and it’s a good start to the day. xx

  • oh i’m doing pilates soon and i’m such a beginner! hope it’s an intro class haha

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

    • I learned my lesson with my class – definitely make sure it’s intro!!

  • Casey

    Get a recovery drink. I’m so lightheaded right now because of p90! Trying to go gluten free is the worst part of it all. =/

    • Daniel told me that breathing is super important. Try breathing through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. xx

  • I’ve been doing pilates at home since last December and I really enjoy it! I follow blogilates 🙂

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

    • I JUST heard about that YouTube channel just a couple days ago. I gotta try it!!

      • yes she’s amazing!

  • SJP

    I’ve just moved to SF and am considering something like ClassPass or FitMob to discover some new classes and routines – do you find it good value for money? At the moment I’m trying out Burn (a Pilates/cardio/weights class) and also the Lululemon running club, which includes a free Pilates class once a month. I hadn’t tried Pilates either before last week and my body is paying for it now!

    • You should totally try it! They keep adding more and more SF studios to ClassPass too. I’m using it as a way to find what I really really love so that I can spend money on a membership that I know works for me. xx

      • SJP

        That’s exactly what I want to do, plus I love the variety! Thanks for your help definitely going to have to check out ClassPass 🙂 x

  • Pilates is definitely favorite class now, I had always been an all-cardio kind of girl and never really paid attention to strengthening my muscles. It wasn’t until a friend convinced me to take a class with her and I never stopped going, I just love the way it makes my body look, specially my legs!

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    • If you have barre classes in your area, you have to try it! I feel like it does an even better job than pilates!