This Girl is on Fire

Wait. I think Alicia Keys screwed that up. “These legs are on fireeeee!”

Tonight I made the last minute decision to head to a barre class. It was rainy and miserable for the millionth time this summer. (My running club was canceled again. I’m starting to feel like evening runs were just doomed from the beginning. We might be moving them to mornings. We shall see!) Anyway, I ended up being cooped up in the house all day with the cutest boy I know. We made it out for about a 20 minute walk, but that wasn’t even close to enough activity for either of us. I felt like if I didn’t get out of the house, I was going to lose my mind.


Actually, come to think of it, I might have already lost it. I filled Maddux’s water table up and let him play inside. It started innocently enough, but soon it turned into total anarchy. He splashed water everywhere, filled a cup up and took it somewhere (still unsure about that one), and put every single thing he could find into the water. I have yet to clean up the mess. I figured I’ll probably just cave and let him do it again tomorrow. I’ve given up.

water table

One barre class later and my mind and sanity have been restored. For now. That’s what I love most about working out. Even though it feels like absolute torture at times, it can still be a mental break. Three cheers for getting your butt movin’!

I have a post planned in my head weighing the pros and cons (from my personal perspective) of all of the different classes and workouts I’ve been trying lately. But before I type it up, I’d really like to hear your thoughts.

What are your favorite classes and workouts and what are your least favorites? For instance, if you’re a runner, what is your favorite way to cross train? If you’re a new mom, what workout makes you feel the best? You get the point. I really want to understand why people choose the different ways of working out that they do. I know why I do, but it would be really interesting to see if my thoughts line up with others! Thanks in advance! :)


  1. Maria says

    I am not a mom but I am a nanny! I work 50 hours a week and morning group exercise classes are my savior! I love barre for strength training but I also love lifting heavy weights! I also miss the sweat that you get in other cardio classes that you don’t get in barre! My favorite types of classes incorporate both! My gym has a 321 shred which is 3 mins weights 2 mins cardio and 1 min abs repeated for an hour! You get it all! So I guess I would say a mixed class getting the most bang for your buck! Though I do love a good sweaty kickboxing class! I am group exercise obsessed! But I also run I am training for my second half marathon with other races mixed in before then. I truly believe classes help with training if I had to run more than twice a week I would dread it! I do one short and one long run each week and at least 2 classes if not more! Barre classes while running are awesome because their low impact. I didn’t mean for that to be so long. Love your blog by the way!

  2. says

    I am dying to try a barre class. I keep hoping that one of the two studios in my town will have a special of some type. After forking out crossfit $$$ and $$ for a gym membership just to use a swimming pool, I don’t really feel like forking out another $15 per barre class. Okay, maybe I am just being cheap and could do 1 class. However, I am afraid I would love it and then have to squeeze it into my crossfit, running, swimming, biking and whatever else I have going on. :-)

    For cross training I LOVE crossfit- I might be obsessed with it. Now that I want to do a 1/2 IM next year and then a full IM I have become obsessed with swimming and biking. I am giddy in love with my bike right now.
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  3. Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace says

    haha he’s so cute! I’ve cut back on running a lot, but I’ve always been a distance runner and always seem to go back to it. For cross training I loveeee functional ‘crossfit-ish’ workouts? If that makes sense? I love workouts that include random 800 m sprints + 400 m rows, burpees, box jumps, that sort of thing. I’ve never actually been to crossfit (maybe soon when I get a new job!) but I follow blogs who post their workouts and get inspiration from that. And it never fails to kick my butt! And I’m dying to try barre!
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  4. says

    I love me some barre. I’m kind of a CrossFit hater, partially because I haven’t actually tried it and partially because I’ve watched the CrossFit games, where I was unable to distinguish the women from the men. Who knows, I’d probably love it, but it’s better for my wallet if I pretend I don’t.
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  5. says

    YOGA is hands down my favorite way to cross train. I love that there is a variety; I can go to a gentle or Hatha class when I want to cool down and relax or go to a heated Vinyasa flow class when I want to get sweaty without running.
    My least favorite is SPIN although I should give it a few more tries. I have not been to a Barre class yet but have been thinking about going! I’m afraid my legs would fall off :p and I need those for running! :)
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  6. says

    Hey there! I wanted to give my two cents from a big girl who’s getting healthier by the minute :) About a month ago we (hubbs and I) joined a gym and changed our eating habits COMPLETELY (as directed by our personal trainer). Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to try out several different classes/training styles. My dream is to one day be able to run a mile without stopping, then 5 miles, so on and so forth. At this time, tho, my weight puts extreme pressure on my knees, so I’m stuck using an elyptical or just lightly jogging.

    That being said, I love the water training classes (all done in the deep end for endurance) because of the lack of pressure on my joints. I’m also not a huge fan of sled training, but I LOVE TRX! Call me crazy, but I think it’s great when you can FEEL the results immediately after your workout :)

    Anyway, keep up the awesome motivation! And for the record, what I’m doing is working great for me :) I’m down a whopping 16lbs, 4.4% body fat and 20 inches! Woot woot for progress!!!

  7. says

    Haha LOVE the title of this post. I have been turning that Alicia Keys song into my own soundtrack: “My mouth is on firrreee” (after eating spicy food yesterday). “My tongue is on firreee” (after burning my tongue on food yesterday). and…you get the point. Love it.

    My favorite workout classes are spinning and body pump. I absolutely love body pump but I hate how hard it is to find gyms that offer it! As a runner I love both for x-training.
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