Postpartum Fitness Plans

While I don’t plan on having a regular “body after baby” type of blog series, I definitely like to use this blog as a place to keep me accountable in terms of my fitness and my healthy eating. Much like before I was pregnant, I plan on sharing my what I have been doing for workouts, healthy recipes and snack ideas, and to be brutally honest when it’s really hard.

It's hard to be sad when you get to see this from your front door!

It’s hard to be sad when you get to see this from your front door!

Having a second kid really rocks your world, you know what to expect in how a baby acts and what his or her needs might be, but you don’t know how the other child will react or how to make sure he or she doesn’t feel replaced. It is a constant balancing act. One I am extremely grateful to be a part, but it takes some trial and error.

Worth every pound :)

Worth every pound :)

That being said, I was very excited when I saw Gina post about the newest DanceFIT challenge. The Back to Basics Fall Fitness and Health Challenge, otherwise known as #DanceFITB2B. Basically it is a 30 day challenge with fitness, nutrition, and wellness. It is 30 days (September 14 – October 13) of unlimited classes, and includes a manual full of recipe ideas, workout ideas, challenges, and information for having a healthy lifestyle. There is also a private facebook group where we all encourage each others daily progress, get recipe ideas, keeping each other accountable, etc… So you will see me post on Instagram a lot with the #DanceFITB2B tag. The best part is that DanceFIT has a virtual schedule, which means I can take classes from the comfort of my own home, which is helpful, while we all learn our routine as a family of four!

I will also be working on some sponsored posts with Acelleron Maternal Health & Wellness, they have offered me a free month of classes in exchange for blog posts about my experience with the fitness classes and mom meet-ups, and many other things. I will be including those workouts in my weekly round-ups, and at the end of the month I will have a discount code for all of those of you who are local and might want to give them a try!

With B1, I definitely didn’t feel the pressure for a while to lose the weight, but for this pregnancy, I do feel a little more pressure (from myself) to get the weight off faster. The first is that the sooner I get into a routine, the sooner I feel more like myself! Having a baby can sometimes do a number on your mental state, and while it is not as bad this time around, taking the time to fit in fitness is super important to me. THe second reason is superficial, and I will be the first to admit that. My husband and I are the koumbara for two friends that are getting married in January, while I am extremely happy and honored to be asked to do this, I also am thinking about how many pictures I am going to be in, stupid I know. So my goal is to get to a place where I feel comfortable. I am not thinking that I am going to lose a ton of weight all of a sudden, I just want to at least get back to my pre-baby size. I did however, order my dress in my current size, because stress will not help me at all, and I can always get the dress taken in!

The Dress, all black though!

The Dress, all black though!

I am excited for all the events that are coming up, and I am excited to just get back into my routine.

What are your favorite workouts and healthy recipes?

DanceFIT Studio – HOT BalletFIT Review & Giveaway!

Check out and see if you won the BarreFit App Giveaway! If you didn’t win, we have temporarily lowered the price to $1.99 so you can buy it. If you are local, I am giving away a great fitness prize today.

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Back in April, I was supposed to take part in a great Boston Blogger event at the DanceFIT Studio in Natick, MA, the event was to take DanceFit’s HOT BalletFit class. Unfortunately, due to some circumstances that I couldn’t control I wasn’t able to attend the event at last-minute. Gina, the owner was extremely accommodating and allowed me to take a class at another time.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the studio for the HOT BalletFit class until last weekend. Gina suggested that I drink 50 oz of water prior to the class and to have a light snack with protein, fat, and carbs. The class was at 10:30 am, so I was little apprehensive about how I was going to manage that much water before class, but I was able too.

When I got to the studio, I was early (since I wasn’t sure how bad traffic would be) so Gina showed me around and we chatted awhile before the other clients arrived.

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The gorgeous waiting area in the studio {source}

Gina answered all my questions and gave me lots of tips for the class. I had never taken a hot class of any kind before, so she suggested to take small sips of water. To go to into child’s pose at any point during the class or to even leave the room if I needed to.

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The room at the end of class. The beige box in the corner is the heater.

Sunday’s classes can be hit or miss, the week prior to my visit had 14 clients, the day I was there had 4 people registered, but there were only 2 of us in class. A year ago I would’ve been super intimidated by this, but I felt much more comfortable than I thought I would. There was more one-on-one instruction and I appreciate that, especially in a new class.

Weights and Bands! We used the silver ones on the left.

Weights and Bands! We used the silver ones on the left.

So what is HOT BalletFit? It is a full barre workout in a 92 degree room. The class focuses on ballet inspired exercises as well as high intensity cardio & fitness training. The heat aids in detoxifying the body and stretching & lengthening your muscles. There is a mat segment will be introduced toward the end of class.

Our workout started with more traditional moves at the ballet barre, I had taken ballet when I was very young, and I loved it, but I wasn’t able to stay with it. Some moves (and names) I could remember, other moves I had to keep my eyes on Gina in order to keep on beat.

Gina was extremely encouraging and helpful, she demonstrated modified movement for some poses to make it a bit easier or harder. That is something I always appreciate, we aren’t all in the same place on our fitness journey and it’s nice to see a teacher demonstrate different moves for the clients.

After some traditional ballet moves we moved to arm work using the silver weights in the picture above. It definitely took some getting used to, to hold these types of weights instead of the dumbbell style that I am used to. Since there were only 2 of us in the class, Gina would call out instructions to us separately, I needed to keep my elbows up, I also appreciated this, because when you are in a large class sometimes you aren’t sure if you need to correct your form or not.

After the weights we moved to floor work on our yoga mats. The ballet bars were moved to the back of the room and we did everything from planks to child’s pose. Throughout the class there was stretching, not just at the end, and Gina announced times where it would be great to take some water.

I ended up drinking 24 ounces of water during class and immediately following. I also drank about 15 ounces on the ride home and immediately refueled with a banana and almond butter.

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Gina and I post-class

So what did I think of the class? In short, I loved it! Gina was an amazing instructor, she was there to help each client reach their full potential but was also understanding when someone needed a move modified, or to take an extra water break. The studio is gorgeous, and has many classes to take, not just BalletFit. They offer many different types of BalletFit (HOT, Cardio, Stretch, Tone, etc…), they also offer Pilates, Zumba, Hip Hop Cardio (<— need to try ASAP), etc…

I immediately bought the Groupon for the Natick location. Unfortunately, DanceFIT is not super close to where I live currently. However, they have this awesome looking VirtualFIT program, where you Skype with an instructor and 9 other clients and you can take the classes from your home, how perfect is that? I also really want to try the 6FIT Program in the fall!

DanceFit has TWO locations, Natick ( 721 Worcester Road) located above the Dover Squash & Fitness Facility, and Brookline (25 Monmouth Road) located in the Church of Our Savior. Since the Brookline classes are in a church with no air conditioning, the class offerings are limited in the summer.

You can follow DanceFit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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For the giveaway, one of you will win TWO classes at DanceFIT, that can be taken at either studio location! Enter the rafflecopter below. The giveaway will end Monday, June 23 at 11:59 PM EST.

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If you’d like to read other reviews from the Blogger event I have linked them here: Lucie, Vanessa, Nancy, and DanceFIT Studio.