While I was back home in New York for a bit I tried Pure Barre. I was hesitant at first because everytime I’ve tried a Barre type of class I’ve walked away feeling like I could do more. I tend to reserve barre classes for when I’m injured or have a rest day. I stopped by Pure Barre in the financial district and took Nicole’s class. Not only did I have to take a few breaks (can you believe?) I was extremely sore the next day too. The concept behind Pure Barre is to work smaller muscle groups we normally don’t strengthen without adding any impact to the joints…sounds familiar right? It reminded me so much of pilates! Which you all know I love; so when I found Pure Barre I was so excited to add this into my rotation of workouts! It not only compliments running, cycling, swimming etc…it requires no jumping and pretty much no impact. Don’t be fooled by the 3 pound weights- you will be feeling it the next day. I knew after taking Nicole’s class I needed her on my blog. Check out what her day looks like- she’s up before the sun and never stopping. Truly inspiring.
Nicole Picard – Pure Barre Teacher/ Body Conceptions Trainer
Luckily, I am the definition of a morning person because 99% of the time, my work day starts before 5 am. First thing I do after popping out of bed is reach for a large cup of water and even larger cup of coffee with a splash of almond milk. I prefer iced coffee so I usually brew some the night before and leave it to chill in the refrigerator overnight. After coffee, I try to make a well-rounded breakfast. Today it was half a bowl of oatmeal, with almond milk, chia seeds, almond butter, and some dark chocolate unsweetened cocoa powder. I am a total chocolate snob so it’s only natural that my day starts out with some! I find the balance of whole grain carbs, protein and heart healthy fats keeps me full and energized through my morning stretch of classes at Pure Barre.
Today, I taught the the 6 and 7:10 am classes at Pure Barre in the Financial District. Luckily, I live right around the corner and it’s just a quick 8 minute walk ( or jog if I’m running late) to the studio. I like to get to the studio early to run through my class with my playlist. By the time 6 am rolls around, my coffee has definitely kicked in and I am ready to bring the lift.tone.burn to the awesome clients at Pure Barre! Since I am active and on my feet for a few hours straight, I make sure to bring a big bottle of Smart water in to the studio to make sure I stay hydrated throughout my classes! I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many hard-working and inspiring women (and a few men), and it’s so exciting to see clients improve and get stronger with each class!
In addition to Pure Barre, I also work for a dance fitness company called Body Conceptions by Mahri. I teach a few group classes and work with several clients privately. This particular client lives in Tribeca – just about two miles along the East/Hudson River running path from the Pure Barre studio! As a runner myself, I like to use running as much as I can as transportation. So after my classes, I reach for a Siggi’s with a few berries as a quick snack and lace up and take a quick jog over to my first clients apartment. Her workout includes a short warm-up with extensive arms, thighs, core, and seat workout with intervals of dance cardio and plyometrics interspersed! Our private sessions at Body Conceptions are in a follow-along format so I essentially do most of the session with her – a very active hour for me as well! After her workout, I jog home.
12:30 pm – light lunch
Because I stay pretty active all day long, I try to eat several smaller meals instead of 3 large ones! Today, I sliced an avocado on a slice of ezekiel bread toast with an egg on top. If you really are what you eat, then I am DEFINITELY an avocado. Before my next client, I have a little time to myself! Usually I spend it planning classes or private sessions, putting together playlists, or checking emails.2:30 pm – Off to the Upper East Side to work with my next client
Today I am teaching an hour-long class for Body Conceptions at 7 pm. I like to eat something light that gives me lots of energy before class. Today I prepared some homemade granola bites. Super easy to make, quick to eat and give you lots of energy without feeling weighted down. I made these with oats, a little honey, vegan protein powder, cocoa powder, almond butter and a tiny bit of coconut oil!