Monday, June 24, 2013

This girl walks into a "barre--"

Lift, tone, sculpt and shape--"core exercises "--we love 'em and there are so many options. This week IE will be looking at several flavors of "barre." We'll investigate pure barre marin, bar method marin, dailey method and stack them up against each other, along with our old favorite, Pilates reformer at body kinetics pilates novato.

Pilates ProWorks: Mill Valley

In addition to IE’s class review, we are also going to ask and attempt to answer the question Elle’s Virginia Sole Smith looks at in her article, why we exercise--really??

IE will be looking at this fascinating article in a future post. But for now, consider this thought provoking quote from Michele Segar, PHD, a motivation psychologist at the University of Michigan and Associate Director of the Sport Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls.

“Most of us exercise because we want to lose weight, but we give up when the pounds fail to come off quickly enough…This negative message frames exercise as something we force our bodies to do whether we like it or not to meet an impossible standard.  It’s fitness as the modern corset.”

Elegant corset

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