Studio Poise: Week Two and BAMR Review

Disclaimer: I was given an month of unlimited classes in exchange for my honest review. This is not a sponsored post.

I hope that we are waking up to a World Series win in Boston today, because I obviously want them to win, but also I want to enjoy Trick or Treating with the B man tonight! Are you doing anything fun tonight?

Make sure you check out my first week at Studio Poise if you haven’t yet.

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Friday I was able to get off the waiting list and into the very popular POUND Fit taught by Emily. Since I was the only person who hadn’t taken it before, she quickly taught me the moves and body positions that would be happening in class and how to hold the ripstix correctly.

I am so glad that I was able to get into this class. The 45 minutes flew by so fast, and it was so much fun. Honestly, I don’t think I have had more fun at 6 am. I have always loved working out in the morning, but this literally felt like a party, and then the soreness snuck up on me later that day.

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Sexy post-headband hair

Saturday, I decided to do something that I have never done. Take back-to-back classes. I started with Poise Xpress followed by Arms & Abs, both taught by Danielle. This was definitely not just a test of physical toughness, but more of a test on my mental toughness. It was hard to not think “ooh this is tough and I have another class I am going to give myself a 30 second break” or “I just took another class I am going to give myself a break”. I won’t lie, I have had to take breaks almost every class, these work outs are just a completely new animal to my body and it just takes time to feel comfortable with pushing your body past certain obstacles.

That being said, both class were fantastic, I was feeling exhausted and my arms, abs and legs felt like they needed rest, that is a success in my book. Danielle is also great at letting you know when one exercise will be ending soon. I really like this because I can tell myself, you can do this for 8 more counts. She also has high energy and is always smiling. I know that any class I have with her, I will leave happy and exhausted. I also enjoyed these two classes because neither of them were packed and it gave the students space to spread out and for newbies like me to get up front.

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Sunday I took barreworke with Christina. It was my first completely barre class. It was a small class and Christina asked at the beginning if anyone was new. There were two of us, so she announced modifications and made sure to check our form and call out tips that would help us get a better workout and help us have better form. I have always had really bad turnout (just like Jody Sawyer…I hope at least one of you got that movie reference) and while I love all the ballet aspects, this is definitely why I stopped doing it, and it is still a struggle, but I loved barreworke because of how similar to ballet it is.

Tuesday, I took Poise Xpress with Emily (like last week) but I was having a hard time, my body didn’t feel like it was cooperating, my legs were sore and my hips were tight and more than once I wanted to just get up and leave. Emily gave me some guidance on body placement and that helped. I am glad I stuck with it and didn’t walk out. While every workout isn’t easy and amazing, the instructors definitely help pull me through the tough spots.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I took Piloxing Xpress with Diana. Unfortunately there was an issue with keys, no ones fault, and we had to wait for Danielle to come unlock the doors with her keys and class started late. We got about 25 minutes of a very fast paced class. I definitely feel like I got a great workout, I was sweating when I left, but I definitely want to take a full class before I can give you a complete view. Diana and Danielle were very apologetic and were very accommodating since we all had to still leave on time.

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This week, I also got a chance to test out my new socks (review to come later) and I took my BAMR headband through another week of classes. I received this headband from Katie and I was immediately in love with the print!

I first wore it to Zooma because I was on a workout break

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Then I wore it to classes at Achieve, if you are not familiar those classes are mostly strength and cardio,  and classes at Studio Poise. At Achieve it stayed put, I didn’t have to fix it or adjust it at any point. At Studio Poise I did have to adjust it a few times or take it off (but I tried my other headbands and had the exact same problems) for the remainder of class. I attribute this mostly to the fact that we spend more time on the floor and I have a tendency to let my head rest on the mat.

Katie has a ton of great color options, you can see a lot of them on the BAMR site or Facebookinstagram, and twitter, and is very responsive to questions! My only issue and I think I might be alone in this, is that because my hair is so freaking thick (I know, I know) most headbands give me a headache if I wear them for too long. For this reason, I like headbands that I am able to move around if needed. The BAMR headbands are very tight to my head and don’t allow me to do that, maybe I need a special size for my big ol’ head?

Edited to add: Katie does indeed make special request headbands, please see her comment below. This gal, has the BEST customer service!

With every portion a donation is made to Every Mother Counts! Make sure you check her out and let me know what you think!

Have you ever taken Pound Fit? What is your favorite BAMR pattern?

9 thoughts on “Studio Poise: Week Two and BAMR Review

  1. i LOOOVE the chevron! while i adore how affordable BAMR bands are compared to other velvet-lined headbands (cough sweatybands cough) i do have to agree with you they are not nearly as flexible as sweatybands. i guess that’s where the cost savings comes in that allows katie to sell them for less! i can definitely see why they would give someone with thicker hair a headache!
    i’m really proud of you for continuing to try all these diff classes and i also am super excited to try one next time i visit you! reading your reviews gets me more pumped each time! it is SO hard to not slack in one class when you are taking a second one after. or not even a class, just any two-part workout. sometimes i have to admit i find myself doing that! but it’s great that you acknowledged the mental battle and fought it hard. you are a fighter so i’m not surprised!

    • Thanks for the feedback Kelly and Cait!

      I have another curly haired customer that special requests her bands one inch longer than the standard – they’re totally customizable Kelly!

      I also have a gal that consistently orders her one inch shorter because her hair is so fine!

      I am to please :) Not sure if sweatybands has sizing, but as a smaller company I try to provide the best customer sizer possible, so all people have to do is ask! xoxo

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