Studio Poise: Week 4

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

If you missed weeks one, two, and three at Studio Poise, feel free to check those out first, this post is about my 4th and final week and I will have an after thoughts post up later this week as well.

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I left off with last Wednesday, so I have a little bit more than a week to catch you up on.

That Friday, I once again took Pound Fit with Emily. Honestly, I really love starting my Friday’s with this class, the music and sequences are hard enough, and sometimes I feel a little bit like a dancer/badass.

On Saturday morning I finally took Poise Power Flow Xpress with Melissa. This class is at 7 am, and many times it gets cancelled since less than 3 people sign up, finally I was able to get into a class and I am so glad I did. I have never actually taken yoga before so I was a bit apprehensive, but due to the nature of the class size, Melissa was able to correct our poses and help me understand what my body should be doing.

Melissa also noticed that I have hyperextended knees, basically my knee goes past the point where most knees “lock” and becomes almost inverted. I’ve always been like that and after some research I read that yoga can actually assist with this. Anyway, Melissa was able to give me pointers for each movement that wouldn’t cause my knees to actually hyperextend. I really appreciated that extra effort and care.

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I followed yoga up with Zumba, probably not the best back-to-back sequence, but I really wanted to take both classes, and I don’t regret it.

Sunday, I was signed up for Piloxing, but Emily was subbing so it ended up being a very small Pound Fit class instead, and you all know how much I love pound, so I wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

Last Wednesday I finally made it to a Piloxing class. I will be honest, I was having a real shitty morning (how that’s possible at 6 am is beyond me) and I went into class in an awful mood. When I am in that kind of mood the last thing I want to do is pretend I am happy, and throughout the class I was frustrated. I was frustrated when I couldn’t get a sequence of movements or when I wasn’t doing something correctly. I felt like I was the only person who hadn’t taken a class before, and even though the class was smallish, I felt lile I didn’t understand anything Diana was saying. Frankly, I think 99% of it was my mood, I am definitely willing to give this class another try on my own dime, but I hope I am in a better mood.

Friday, was Pound Fit again, I know you are all surprised. I will spare you any review, but I will say that Emily introduced a few new songs/sequences, and I loved them.

Saturday was my last day in my unlimited month of classes. I took Zumba and Poise Xpress with Christina. For some reason I though Zumba started at 8:15 (probably because most of the weekday classes start at 6:15) so I ended up there a bit late, but I just jumped in the back and followed along.

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Poise I ended up adding last-minute since there was room and I missed part of Zumba. Both classes were wonderful and I can see that there has been a decent amount of improvement from my first class to this class. While, I am nowhere near as great as some of the ladies that take this class, I am very impressed in my improvement.

How do you handle a class when you are in a foul mood?

Studio Poise: Week 3 and learning to trust my body

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

I can’t believe that I am already blogging about my third week at Studio Poise. If you missed them, check out weeks one and two.

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My week again started (errr ended?) with Pound Fit with Emily. I literally added my name to the wait list for every single class that fit in my schedule, so whenever I made it off the list, I jumped at the opportunity to take the class. Friday was no exception, the class was once again wonderful. The music was loud and fun to workout to. Emily kept the energy up and happy. I was working hard but I was also having fun.

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Saturday I took my first ever Zumba class. That class is no joke, mad props to all of who do that 2 or 3 or even more times a week. Basically Zumba, if you haven’t taken it, is a series of dances sequences. Each song has specific dance moves and these songs are in multiple classes. I suppose if you go 2 times a week it might become easy to catch on.

I ended up towards the back in this class and in retrospect this was probably a good thing. I was able to not only watch Danielle but also the other students, and that made it easier.

I took Zumba again on Tuesday evening. I usually hate taking evening classes, but I enjoyed Zumba so much that I didn’t really mind that it was at night. It was also early enough that I could get home at a reasonable hour. Tuesday’s class I was in the front and I actually found that a bit more difficult. Whenever Danielle took a break or watched us or faced us I lost my focal point and sometimes forgot what I was supposed to be doing.

Overall, I really enjoyed Zumba, I found some of the sequences extremely difficult, but others were very easy for me to catch on. I loved that the music wasn’t all latin, not that I hate latin music, but it was fun to put a song that I know and love along with some serious dance moves that were making me work.

The last thing is that for this class you are supposed to wear clean indoor sneakers. I had a pair of Under Armour sneakers that hadn’t made it into the outdoor rotation yet, and I had worn to the gym a handful of times. These were actually very uncomfortable so for Tuesday’s class I wore the sneakers that I wear to Achieve, and they were almost perfect. Because of the grippy bottoms they weren’t as smooth as I would like, but I had no foot pain post workout. I would definitely invest in a pair of minimalist sneakers for this class if I make it a part of my regular rotation.

I was supposed to take Piloxing yesterday (Wednesday) but I never woke up on time. I remember my early alarm going off. I usually have three alarms, the first one wakes me up, the second usually gets me out of bed, but sometimes it takes the third. Regardless, I heard the first, I thought that I hit snooze, but then I woke up at 6:20 am. Nick said he didn’t hear any alarms and I don’t think I turned them off. (I think that maybe I turned them all of with the initial alarm) Class had just started and I could possibly make it, but I realized how rude that would be. I am signing up for this class for my last week because even after last weeks disaster and yesterday’s issue I truly want to try it.

FYI: Studio Poise’s missed class policy is if you are an unlimited monthly member you pay $10, if you just pay by the class then you lose that credit.

This missed class made me realize something that I think I have been missing. I believe that because of the cost of the gym membership and my goals I sometimes don’t listen to my body and take a must need rest day. Now that we are on the path of trying to get pregnant post-miscarriage I realize I need to listen to my body more than ever. I am trying to not beat myself up over a missed class, especially one that I was really excited to try, because it was what my body needed.

How do you deal when you miss a gym class?

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?

Studio Poise: Week One

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

As I mentioned in Monday’s post I am currently taking classes at Studio Poise in Lynnfield, MA.

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I actually came across Studio Poise because of Cait’s visit. We wanted to take a local class and I started looking at pregnancy appropriate places (since my gym doesn’t have drop in classes), because of the miscarriage we changed our plans. Danielle, owner of Studio Poise, still responded to my email and we started chatting about her studio. In exchange for blogging about my experience she graciously offered me a month unlimited to try as many classes as I wanted.

Danielle started Studio Poise in May 2012, all while working full-time and coaching at a local high school, and on October 7th, 2013 SP2 (the second studio) was opened. So what is Studio Poise all about?

Poise is a fusion of pilates, dance, light weight, isometric, and athletic conditioning that encourages grace and athleticism to transform your entire body and build confidence, posture, and poise. This class is so affective, we named the whole studio after it! Source

Besides Poise there is also Arms & ab(noxious) Xpress, Barrework, Barrework Xpress Nothin’ But Leg, Piloxing, Piloxing Xpress, Poise Bootcamp Xpress, Poise Fusion, Poise Fusion Xpress, Poise Power Flow, Poise Power Flow Xpress, Poise Stretch and Tone, Poise Xpress, ZUMBA Fitness, ZUMBA Toning, ZUMBA Xpress and the newest class on the schedule POUND!

All the Xpress classes are 40 minutes and all the other classes are 55 minutes, except for POUND which is 45 minutes. Even the 40 minute classes will leave your whole body feeling like jello, in a good way.

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I will be honest and say that aside from one terrible spin class in 2008 and my classes at Achieve, I haven’t taken another group exercise class, not even yoga. Danielle shared with me that the community at Studio Poise is very welcoming and fun. Everyone chats with everyone and other members will welcome newcomers as if they’ve always been there.

Since my group exercise experience is limited I asked Danielle what I should take first and she recommended Poise Fusion. It is a combination of the studio’s two favorites, poise and barrework.

Last Thursday I took my first class, Poise Fusion, with Christina. There were only six of us besides Christina and I loved that a local blogger, Stellina, was there so I didn’t feel too out-of-place. Christina had great pumped up jams and explained all the moves clearly.

This past weekend, I took Poise Xpress with Danielle, the class was full, I was actually on the wait list and was able to get into the class at 10 pm the night before. Everyone in class had a great attitude and was excited to be there. Danielle had different music than Christina, but it still got me pumped up and ready to move.

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Prime Spot behind Danielle’s mat!

Tuesday, I took Poise Fusion Xpress with Emily. There were only three students, and over the weekend I read this article that had 10 Tips For Taking Your First Barre Class. I believe they apply to most group classes, not just barre. However, there were two that stuck out to me. The first being, don’t be shy. Since the class was small I was able to put my mat right next to Emily’s. Not only did this give me a better view of what we should be doing, it actually helped her correct my form, not just physically but verbally as well, and that was extremely helpful.

The second piece that stuck out was shaking is good and that shaking from the beginning was what you wanted. I definitely felt out of shape during my first class since it seemed like I was shaking before other students.

So far I have loved every class and instructor at Studio Poise, all the other students are super nice and I am feeling the burn. Another plus is that the cost of classes is a little lower than average for what I have seen at other studios in the area, and there is a more offered in terms of classes.
Monthly Unlimited – $150/month
20 class series – $200
10 class series – $115
Zumba or Xpress class – $12
Single class – $15
First Time Client Series (3 classes) – $28

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Studio Poise is running their famous 6 Weeks to Chic program right now as well, if you are interested act fast as space is limited and it starts November 2. The program includes 3 meetings, 5 classes per week that fit into your schedule, Nutrition Counseling from Danielle (who is certified), 10% discount on your next class purchase, and much more. The cost is $300 or if you are an unlimited member $100. If you are interested contact Danielle. If I wasn’t hoping to get pregnant again I would be all over this, but if there is another program post- (eventual) baby you better believe I will be the first person to sign up.

You can also follow Studio Poise on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

So are you going to join me at Studio Poise? I promise you will have a great time!