Classpass Review: Pilates Evolution

Before I even knew calling Lagree Method workouts “Pilates on crack” was a thing, I referred to it as “Pilates on crack.” Why? Because it’s honestly the best way to describe the torturous 40-45min sessions of burning, shaking, and praying oh-please-make-this-stop. But I’m saying that… in a good way? I love a good challenge and have seen the best results in the shortest period of time from Lagree classes. So maybe describing the workout as torturous is a perfect example of the type of person who will like this class. But on the other hand, maybe not, because we all have our own perception of what “torturous”means and where we are willing to push our bodies on any given day; that malleable level of torture is one of the best things about Pilates Evolution. (Don’t know what Lagree is? Read more about it in my review of Fierce45 from a while back.)

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Workout Like a Model: Pilates

One of the best things about ClassPass is that I can finally afford to do Pilates! Frequently touted by supermodels as the way to get long, lean limbs, I had always wanted to make reformer classes a part of my routine (if you don’t know what that is, check out this post for a little run down), but didn’t want to spend the extra $$$ required. Advocates of Pilates include Karlie Kloss, Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Izabel Goulart, and countless others.

But why is this workout so great for getting that model body?

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ClassPass Review: Hot Mamas

Yes, at first I was apprehensive to go to a studio called “Hot Mamas.” Was it one of those places where moms bring their kids to class? What exactly was “Sexy Sweat?” Would a place with a class called “Skinny Jeans” really be that challenging? I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but after a glowing review from one of my friends, I decided to give it a try.

And let me tell you, yes there is childcare, and yes there are some – and sometimes lots of- mamas, but this is NOT your typical “mom” workout. These classes are HARD! My first hint really should have been that their website literally says, “If you’re looking for easy, you’re at the wrong place.” I can get through most classes at most studios without taking any extra breaks, and a lot of times even do the more advanced modifications, but I have yet to get through a class at Hot Mamas without stopping in one way or another. (Don’t let that scare you though! There are people of all fitness levels in every class. It is a very welcoming studio!)

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Fitness Philosophies: On Protein, You Doing You, & Workout Motivation a la Taylor Swift

I don’t know about you, but I keep seeing Eat The Bear, a physique, fitness, and crossfit lifestyle supplement company, everywhere on the internet. Even though crossfit/Olympic lifting isn’t in my current workout repertoire thanks to years and years of countless squats and cleans, my fitness/health/wellness loving self must be right in their target audience. (Side note: has anyone tried their products? I’m very curious…)

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What do Taylor Swift’s and my workout routines have in common? Read on to find out!

Seeing articles from ETB on different workouts, smoothie recipes, and proper nutrition got me thinking about my own workout routines and the questions I’m asked most frequently as a former DI Track & Field athlete with a family full of high performing athletes (golf, tennis, football, ballet, etc). Namely, how do I fuel myself and how do I stay motivated, both in the long-term (working out regularly) and in the short-term (during a workout)?

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Mara Hoffman Activewear

Mara Hoffman is the next designer to get in on the high-end activewear trend – and I am so glad she did! The team has crafted some truly awesome pieces that are a funky blend of patterns and basics, performance and athleisure.

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Racerback Tank Top in Skybird Black

At one end of the spectrum you have pieces like this Native American-inspired fully printed Racerback Tank Top that I totally would have rocked to high jump practice (but will now instead wear to hot yoga and Pilates). On the other end, there is this ridiculously comfy looking grey French terry Jumpsuit – the fact that it is a) grey (if you’ve ever worked out in grey pants, you know why this is a problem), b) worn by the model sans bra, and c) basically a sweatshirt onesie, means that the wearer probably isn’t hitting up anything more intense than the local juice bar. Which I am 100% a-okay with. No matter your level of athleticism, Mara Hoffman has guaranteed you’ll be looking surprisingly well put together at your next Soul Cycle class or bottomless mimosa Sunday brunch.

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Jumpsuit in Grey

Click here for the full collection and read on for a few of my favorite looks!

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ClassPass Review: Fierce45 Denver

I went into Fierce45 expecting a tough, but relaxing Pilates Reformer class and came out feeling like a drill sergeant made me squat for an hour then injected me with glittery happy juice. While I’m not sure exactly what that means, it’s the only way to describe the endorphin rush and shakey muscles that I felt while leaving the studio.

Megaformers at Fierce45

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The Perfect Workout Shoes for Spring/Summer

Believe it or not, warm weather is right around the corner! And if your city is anything like Denver, you may even be getting the occasional summer-like day already. That could mean two things for you. One, you’re excited about bikini season and want to get in tip-top shape! Or two, you’re excited about exercising in the great outdoors! Either way, you could find yourself needing (okay, wanting) a new pair of sneakers for the new season. Plus, today is Nike #AirMax day! What better day to share my top sneaker picks of the moment?

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1. Nike Air Max Thea Print in Light Blue Lacquer/Clearwater/White. What a great color! And the sleek shape will let you rock these to a “real” workout or while you’re out to brunch in Outdoor Voices.

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ClassPass Review: Epic Ryde

Epic Ryde is definitely a different sort of cycling studio. Its Real Ryders (they tilt like real bikes) and “stadium seating” help you to focus in on your personal performance, one, because you’re not worried about who’s face your booty is in, and two, because you’re trying not to fall off the Real Ryder on the turns! Apparently these bikes allow you to burn up to 20% more calories – and it definitely feels like it (in a good way).

Stadium Seating at Epic Ryde

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ClassPass Review: PUSH Fitness

A girl in my recent PUSH Fitness class said that she had already used up all three sessions at the studio – it was her first week with ClassPass. That’s how addictive these classes are!

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Caveat: that’s how addictive these classes are if you like a good, hard, sweaty workout. If you’re feeling a bit worn out or don’t want to mess up your blowout, you may want to rethink going to PUSH. However, if you’re looking for a high-energy class that is going to push you (hence the name), this is the place for you.

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ClassPass Review: Elixir Pilates

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Pilates is the top reason I got ClassPass and it has WAY been paying off. The specialized equipment and instructor training make classes pretty expensive (on average I see about $20-25 per single group session, $13-15 per group session if bought in a package, and $60-80 for an individual session) and it’s not always an affordable fitness option, especially when you also want to do spinning, kickboxing, yoga… But with ClassPass, at $99/month, I’ve already gotten my money’s worth. I’ll have to do a breakdown of the costs one of these days…

Anyway, moral of the story is that Pilates is awesome and so are all the studios I’ve been to so far (check out my Club Pilates review here). It’s been SO quiet at work that I scheduled a lunch time reformer class at Elixir Pilates yesterday afternoon to help break up the day. Since it is an off time, it was just me and one other regular taking class from the owner, Kathryn. Normally a duet session is $35, which is more than 1/3 of my total monthly ClassPass cost, so I was already feeling pretty good about my situation!

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Elixir Pilates was fortunately one of the easier studios to find. One, it was day time, and two, it didn’t involve walking through any alleyways like a lot of the more urban studios (I love you, Pure Barre Highlands, but your entrance is confusing for first timers). The space was very clean, open, and inviting. It was boutique-y without feeling too small business (you know?) and had lots of natural light flooding through the large front windows.

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