Xtend Barre: My “Xtensive Thoughts.”

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Ahhhh, Xtend Barre; one of the latest fitness trends to hit up gyms from coast to coast.  And yesterday, I tried it.  Today; I feel it.  Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to try an XTend Barre Class.  If you didn’t read my post from yesterday, then get on the bandwagon and do it!  Or, just read again, from the official Xtend Barre Site:

Xtend History & Philosophy

The Xtend Workout is the premier ballet barre workout… Dance and Pilates Amplified. Andrea Rogers is the creator and owner of the Xtend Workout and has been a professional dancer and choreographer since the age of 18. She’s performed with various celebrities and recording artists such as Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter. She’s also traveled the country with several professional dance companies and performed as a principal dancer for Walt Disney World Co. In the early 2000s, Andrea was certified to become a classical Pilates instructor. She believed in the Pilates principles (stabilization, concentration, control, flow, breath and precision) and observed the long-term results in her Pilates clients.

In an effort to provide cross training and seek better results for her clients, she began to incorporate dance elements and music into her Pilates sessions in order to offer challenges in coordination, rhythm, and cardiovascular fitness. By raising her Pilates clients to a vertical position, and diversifying their range of motion, Andrea found greater results by offering Xtend than by maintaining a routine of Pilates alone. Most importantly, her clients were gaining energy, enjoying elements of dance, and having fun!

The Xtend philosophy is simple. We teach a multi-level class geared to challenge bodies of any age, gender, or fitness background. We offer exercises that can be modified for beginners, prenatal clients or clients with injuries, but that can also be amplified for advanced clients that are looking for an extreme challenge.

The Xtend system sculpts the body proportionally so that all body parts are equally challenged. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen, and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. The end result is a long and lean physique… without added bulk. Developed from a dance / Pilates background, the Xtend workout combines the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates.

The Xtend workout has been sought after by national spa and fitness centers and Pilates devotees from the US, Brazil and Canada. Clients range from new enthusiasts to seasoned fitness pros and include men, women, teens, Pilates practitioners, professional athletes, celebrities, and dancers. The Xtend method is best summarized by a long-time client: “If Pilates sculpts your body, Xtend ™ chisels it.”

So yes, Xtend Barre Classes certainly have the potential to “chisel” your body…if you do them the right way. Here’s the thing:  yesterday I had to get a little runny-run in per my Disney Half mary training plan.  I did a 5K for SPEED on the TM, deciding finally to use the ability of the TM to vary speeds to get a good speed workout.  While I do believe, like SkinnyRunner, that mileage can increase speed in general, and usually live by this, I decided to take (speedy) matters into my own hands (plus I didn’t have a lot of time before the Xtend Barre class).  I did a 5K in 27:39 which I think is a PR for me 🙂 (at least on the treadmill)

Yes, this is a dated picture, but you get the point!

Anywhooooo the point is that by the time I got to the class, I was TIYURD!  But, a (fitness) date’s a date, so it was ON like Donkey Kong!  The class was a mixture of dance-like moves using a ballet barre (think jete, plie, etc. for those ballerinas out there) combined with moves using a special low-weighted ball, a strap (similar to a yoga strap) a circular device similar to a pilates sdfklj and ending with a 15 minute ab workout on a mat (using some of the aforementioned apparatus but also just body weight). The class definitely incorporated some pilates moves as well, especially during the final floor mat portion. I liked it and definitely found it challenging.  During some of the “arm work,” you have the option to use little hand weights, which I definitely missed the memo on, grabbing the highest weight availible apparently (3 pounders, that’s it) and was dying by the second set. I then decreased to 2 pounders… then to 1 pounders….and well, yea. It was hard.  During the ab portion at the end, I felt like my stomach muscles were being ripped out and handed to me on my mat.  Yea.  So anyway, here is my advice:  try it.  BUT, if you are going to combine cardio with it that day (although the class does get your heart rate up, for sure) do something easier or lower impact.  For example, I am definitely going to try a class again, but I will do an elliptical workout prior rather than a speedy 5K.  OK, NOW for some glorious pictures…

As I said to my neighbor yesterday, " I don't care if I look like I broke my neck, I am LOVING my neck-brace style scarf!" Warmth rules.

HAHA! I'm sorry, but is this not the funniest thing ever? Shiya and Scott's dog, Ringo, totally sits like a person!

Oscar got PISSED that another dog was featured in today's post, so I caved...here he is!

OK, so tell me:  Would you try XTend Barre!?!?

On a totally unrelated note:  I need help- so my good friend calls me this am on the way to work and tells me she had a dream that I was pregnant (and that I was wearing a pretty “spiffy” outfit LOL I believe a unitard of some sort?!).  Ok, fine.  BUT then I remembered…doesn’t that actually mean someone is going to DIE?! Am I going to die people!??! I mean sooner rather than later!??! Help me out with the urban legend!

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