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Raising the Barre

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

I have become a creature of habit with my fitness routine.  I run...and that’s about it.  In the past, I have always combined running with interval training or yoga, but lately I've been stuck in a runner's rut.  Craving a little spice and stretch in my life, I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and find a challenging, yet enjoyable way to add to my fitness routine.  Enter Pure Barre, a workout that combines ballet, yoga, and pilates.   It is a strength training workout that targets the core muscles, glutes, quads, and hamstrings, but does not give you jelly legs the next day.  So, yes you can still run the same day or the day after!  It is also great for stretching, and improving balance.   

Barre-style workouts combined with running, could quite possibly be the best combo I've tried thus far!  My running is starting to improve; I ran my longest run in a year!   I know there are lots of other strength training options and I would love to hear about what routines you use to improve your running regimen.  

Have you tried a barre class? If you run, which strength training exercises do you like best?

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