Monday, February 6, 2017

Kicking Butt & Trying Barre For The First Time #ButtPasteBooty

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Boudreaux's Butt Paste. All words and opinions expressed are 100% my own.


Last week I was invited along with some other fellow fit NYC bloggers to attend my first barre class, hosted by Momtrends & sponsored by Boudreaux's Butt Paste.


We would celebrate the new Maximum Strength Boudreaux's Butt Paste by participating in an intense
30 minute booty workout, which meant taking part in my first ever barre class.
I love fitness and running, one thing that has been on my fitness bucket list was a barre class.
To say that I wasn't nervous is a lie, I was very nervous. Don't get me wrong the nervousness did not overcome my excitement. 


The class was held at the Exhale Spa located at the Gansevoort Hotel in the meatpacking district.
It was a great way to start my Thursday morning.



We were greeted with the best set up, which included our own pair of grippy socks and water for when the thirst kicked in. I would find out what the little green resistance band was for soon enough.
It was about to get real!
After some stretching, planks and toning exercises 
I could feel my body already on fire, especially my lower body. As for sweat, I was definitely already sweating bullets.


We then headed for the bars where we got to do some ballet moves, and leg exercises that had my legs shaking. 
You better believe that I took a few breathers, making sure to listen to my body all the way.
It was great to feel like a ballerina and fun to imagine that my daughter would have loved seeing her mommy go on her toes and squat while her heels touched each other.
After some bar moves we headed back down to the floor where the little green resistance band became my worst enemy - ha!
I've never disliked something so much, no hard feelings though because now I know that I need one of these bad boys for my home workouts.
The resistance was real and I could feel the burn and shaking. 
The stretching and meditating at the end of the workout was a very welcomed one.


It was the 30 longest minutes of my life that I've had in a while.
 Even though it was a hard workout I was all smiles, I'd survived my first barre class.
There was no doubt that I'd be feeling the burn for a few days, but this was definitely the perfect way to kick off my half marathon training.





After a good workout a healthy snack is always a must and there was no doubt that we were being spoiled. When we walked out of the studio room we were greeted with some yummy, healthy options.
I must say that the carrot cake was out of this world.
The burn that was going on was very worth it.


The great thing about the new Maximum Strength Boudreaux's Butt Paste is that babies don't have to feel the burn. Diaper rash is not a fun thing to go through and something that I always rely on as a mom is a great diaper rash cream.
Boudreaux's Butt Paste was created by a pharmacist in 1978 and has been trusted by pediatricians for decades. It's gentle and light formula makes it great for baby's delicate booty.
Formulated with 40% Zinc Oxide - with over two times the rash fighting power of Original formula.

The newest Boudreaux's Butt Paste Maximum Strength jar comes in a 14 oz flip top jar and is available at Target, and Amazon for a retail price of $16.99.
Your baby will thank you and everyone knows that one happy baby means one happy mommy :)

Make sure to follow Boudreaux's Butt Paste on social to stay in the loop:



Remember that the pain you feel today will be the STRENGTH you feel tomorrow.
If I can do it then so can you, anything you set your mind to is possible.
Don't be afraid to try something new, get out there and make it happen.
Just make sure to listen to your body and you will kick butt for sure.

Now I challenge you to try one of the following exercises that promises to strengthen your booty.

Maximum Strength Booty Workout

Pelvic Tilt
1. Lie flat on your back with knees bent, feet hips width and parallel.
 2. Press lower back into the floor, tilting the pelvis up. On the way up, lead with tailbone.
On the way down, back of waist touches mat first.
3. Tilt higher and lift the lower back off of the floor and maintain hips high (keep the weight into shoulders not your neck). Move at different rhythms. Watch that back doesn't arch: keep abdominals engaged!

Variations:
  • Knees together, feet apart.
  • Single leg extended above hip
  • Feet together, knees apart


Challenge: Use of playground ball between inner thighs or yoga block may be used as a variation.

Tabletop (All Fours)
1. Place hands under shoulders, hips over knees, drawing abdominals up to support the spine.
2. Extend one leg straight behind you with a pointed or flexed toe.
3. Lift leg up to hip level (while maintaining the connection in your abdominals).
4. Lower and lift your leg 10 times. Keep your leg lifted and pulse for another count of 10 at the very top really squeezing into your gluten!

Challenge: Bend the leg and half and repeat, the try it with a turned out knee!


Love,
Kary xoxo


40 comments:

  1. Good for you with trying out Barre! I want to try it, but a studio is too far to drive everyday after work - so I keep putting it off! Maybe one day I'll sign up...

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  2. I've wanted to try Barre for so long but keep forgetting to sign up for a class! Also, those snack look sooo yummy!

    Courteney Noonan

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  3. I love barre. I used to be a member of Pure Barre and loved it so much I got my own bar for home and do video workouts with it now!

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  4. What a fantastic class and I love that there were delicious healthy goodies at the end as well! Yum x

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  5. What an awesome post. It looks like you had a great time and what a good workout! I use Butt Paste for my son so I know it is a great product.

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  6. Looks like a great time! I've done a few barre classes and need to do more! Such a great workout!

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  7. You are so brave for trying barre! I've been way too intimidated to try it! BTW the Butt Paste is a great product and I always include it in baby shower gifts!

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  8. I am trying Barre for the first time too but I am doing it via an app on my phone. Have not tried Butt Paste but curious about it!

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  9. I only just recently heard about this Barre thing. Oh yes I remember those butt paste days years ago when I had babies.

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  10. I have never taken barre classes before, but I have been hearing a lot about it! I'd love to try to take one someday.

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  11. I've used this with my kids! It's awesome! It's our go-to diaper rash cream! I haven't tried this one yet but i will! Haven't heard of it until now!

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  12. Ohh, I would love to try a Barre class! I'm too chicken to do any classes in public though! Loved using butt paste when my youngest was a baby!

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  13. I've actually used to teach barre class about 5 years ago. It's a great addition as cross training for running though, and those bands can BURN!

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  14. I tried barre for a few months last year, I loved it! That little welcome set up is so cute, I love that they gave you some socks and water :)

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  15. Looks like a great event. Butt Paste is really the most popular option right now. I remember when it was A&D (I still swear by that stuff).

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  16. Wow that workout sounds intense... I'm slowing getting back into it. But I'm better on machines instead of class settings. Lol

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  17. I've never tried Barre, but it looks like a great workout. I don't think there is a studio anywhere near me or I'd have to give it a try.

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  18. I remember lots of times my babies screaming because it burned to put cream on their bottoms, this would have been great.

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  19. I've been so curious about taking barre! It always sounds like fun.

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  20. I've never taken a barre class before but I have always wanted to! It looks like such a great workout!

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  21. It looks like a fun class that is also equally challenging! I would love to try it sometime, but we don't have anything available in my area...maybe soon!

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  22. I've never tried Barre myself but it sounds like a fantastic workout and one that I will definitely give a go! Anything that makes you sweat means I am in.

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  23. I have never heard of this before but it looks amazing. I am always looking for new ways to make my workouts better!

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  24. This looks like such a great way to get in a workout! I have been meaning to make more time for this in the new year.

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  25. That is one heck of a good workout to go through. I can't say that I have even heard of Barre before. I guess it's just not a thing in the area I live in, but it sounds like a great workout routine.

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  26. Barre looks like an incredible workout! I should really try it sometime, but I don't take many classes.

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  27. I've still been wanting to try barre. My gym recently closed down out of no where. Maybe its time to try it out now lol.

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  28. I have done a couple of bar workouts lately and have been surprised how much they work you! I thought it would be all balet and stretching, but it really gets your muscles going!

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  29. Good for you and way to complete the workout, barre is hard work. Good thing you had that butt paste.

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  30. I have always wanted to try barre! I heard it is HARD! Sounds like a great event!

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  31. Thanks for sharing some of the tips and exercises you learned! Barre is such an incredible workout that really shapes you!

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  32. This is great! I love all of your advice you share here. We used this paste with all of our kids and it worked so well. One of our kids even had eczema and it was gentle enough to work.

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  33. This looks like it was so much fun! Also, I love Boudreaux's butt paste. It's great for rashes of all kinds!

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  34. I just love that deep burn...Nothing makes you feel like you've accomplished more in a class! And how about how fast acting the Maximum Strength Butt Paste is? So cool!

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  35. I'd love to try this. It sounds fun! I also did ballet growing up so I sort of love the bar, although this one doesn't appear to be the same thing.

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  36. I used to have a bar type piece of equipment for these kinds of workouts, but got rid of it when I moved. It was too bulky. It was a fun workout. Very intense but you build up strength over time.

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  37. Omg how fun!!! I keep hearing how awesome barre is!!! I'm kinda nervous to try it out for myself. I so
    Out of shape lol

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  38. Sounds like an intense workout. I could use something like this to kick my booty! Amber N

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  39. As a military wife who could barely handle her busy schedule I am truly glad I came across your post. It's very good to hear that you had fun working out and it sounds like buttpaste is really an incredible product. Those yummy snack looks delicious!

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  40. Wow, what an amazing program. I seriously need to start working out, as we are renewing our vows in May. I want to look amazing for our 20 years!

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