Race For The Cure Recap

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Happy Monday! I can still say that cuz there are still a few hours left. :p

Over the weekend, I ran in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. My friend, Erica, was planning to run in honor of her aunt who is fighting breast cancer for the 3rd time. When she asked if I wanted to run the 5k with her my answer was, “of course!” Run with a friend, for a good cause, in PINK?? Oh, I’m totally there!

Last week I realized that I hadn’t run since my half marathon in June, so I figured I should probably log a few miles before the race on Sunday. I headed out on Tuesday and Thursday to tackle the hills in my neighborhood and it was rough! I get plenty of cardio teaching Cardio30 twice a week, but cycling is WAY different than running. Phew! Fortunately, my dad gave me a few Pocket Fuel energy shots.

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I gave the Chocolate Espresso a try on my first run of the week.

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It was really tasty! Definitely needed to wash it down with some water, but I loved the flavor (I love peanut butter and I love chocolate, so it was a match made in heaven). I still died on my run, but I had more energy than I would have had I run fuel-less.

I took the Chia Goji and Honey flavor for the race on Sunday, but I didn’t end up using any fuel for the run. I had breakfast and a coffee before the run, so I didn’t really feel like I needed any. The thing I love about races is the energy is so contagious and it’s fun to feed off of.

Erica and I drove up with our sweet hubbies and arrived with about 5 minutes ’til start time. We jumped right into the starting crowd as they gave the signal to start.

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We started off at a pretty steady pace and the whole run went really smooth…. Aside from when I almost ate pavement around mile 2. The run went through downtown Portland, so we passed the time looking at all the tall buildings and pointing out places we’d like to come back and visit. Erica pointed out a really cool old hotel, so I looked up to see the top and my sunglasses fell off. When I ducked back to grab them I tripped and almost face planted. There was a very concerned group of cheerleaders on the sidelines gasping as I hurtled towards the very hard earth. Fortunately, years of Centergy has honed my balance and I caught myself before blood was shed. I hopped up and waved my sunglasses at the concerned cheerleaders and we were on our way.

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We crossed the finish line in 37:22, then made our way to the race expo to gather some freebies from sponsor tables (you know that’s why I run races). :p

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(Photo courtesy of Erica.)

It was a beautiful day for a run and a great way to start my Sunday. I tend to go in waves with running. I run for weeks, then I get burnt out and don’t run for months… Which really sucks cuz then all the stamina I built up dies and I have to rebuild it. Anywho, I think I caught the bug again and I’m looking forward to the Color Vibe 5k in a few weeks and the Poplar Run at the end of October! Still trying to decide if I’ll do the 10k or the 15k for the Poplar Run but, let’s be real, I’ll prob spring for the 15k. Go big or go home, am I right??

What about you? Do you run consistently or go in cycles?

How was your weekend?

What’d you do?

Do you have any races coming up?

Recap Of The Week

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I know, I know, I’ve been MIA this week. Mostly because it flew by without me noticing! I don’t know why, but the week has been busy and Sunday snuck up before I was prepared (or maybe just in time). It’s mostly work that’s been really busy. We’ve been making some changes and those always take adjusting. We also had an event on Friday that we spent the week preparing for. Anywho, it’s Sunday evening and I’m ready (almost) to start another week! Before I do, though, I’ll take you back through last week in pictures…

- My new Jamberry nail stickers came in the mail! Of course, I had to have a girls hang out night with Erica to do our nails. We went to yoga, then back to her apartment for dinner, wine and manicures. I’m gonna have WAY too much fun trying out all my new stickers!

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- The event! Our club put on a muddy/messy obstacle course Friday night. We’ve spent the last few weeks dreaming up challenging and ridiculous obstacles and Friday night we had around 100 people participate in our epic course! My dad, bros and Brandon being just part of the crazy crew to take on this challenge.

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Coby and Brandon getting their burpee on. 50, yes 50, burpees were just part of the course. Muhaha

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Dad does burpees too… And Brandon takes a break.

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Brice killin’ it in the gray shorts.
I only got pics of the burpee station because that was the one I was in charge of, but we also had a foam pit, tire run, bear crawl, mud pits and so much more! It was tough – the boys are still complaining that they’re sore. We ended with the world’s largest water balloon fight! Seriously, I don’t think they get any bigger.

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It was a ton of fun seeing everyone enjoy an event we put so much thought and work into!

- We had a party for my cousin at my grandma’s house and I found this beauty.

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I think I “need” one for my kitchen too. :p

- I got my new releases for the upcoming group exercise launch.

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It’s always fun to get new music and routines for class. I can’t wait to learn them!

- Saturday, a friend from Idaho was in the state for a conference. She had just a few hours between the end of her conference and when her flight left to go home. After work, I drove up to Portland to see her for a quick sec. We had about an hour to get a smoothie and catch up. A group of 4 of us have been friends since high school, so Sarah and I talked a lot about how amazing it is that we’ve kept in close contact for the last 8 years. I live in Oregon, Sarah is in Idaho, another moved to Canada and the last one is in Asia. We’ve kept an email chain going since high school ended and it’s kept us connected through 2 marriages, 3 countries, 4 states, college, internships, mission trips, jobs and so much life. I’m so grateful for friendships that can withstand time and distance. LOVE these girls! Sarah gave me this cute stack of handmade cards to thank me for driving up to see her.

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So, that was my week! Like I said, busy, but all good stuff. Now I’m looking forward to next week because, drumroll please…….. Dancing With The Stars starts tomorrow night!!!!!! Duh du du du du du du, duh du du du du. That’s supposed to be the theme music.

What are you looking forward to in the coming week?

What was the highlight of your week/weekend?

Friday Favorites 9/5/14

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It’s Friday!! I’m enjoying a cup of coffee and reviewing my Centergy material for class later this morning while I type this up.

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We’re going camping at the coast later today, so after class I have a million errands to run and some packing to do. Before all that, though, the best way to start a Friday is with some Friday Favorites!

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Linking up with Heather today!

- Playing with Lucy

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She is so energetic and play for her. If you make the slightest sudden move, she things you’re going to play with her. This morning, the light was hitting my phone and making shadows on the cabinets and she was going nuts! Those shadows were out to get her, I tell ya, and she simply had to catch them. She goes upstairs into the area we’re remodeling and brings down these little caps that cover electrical wires and expects us to throw them for her so she can fetch them.

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Once she’s played herself out, she’s ready for a nice nap to gear up for the next round of okay.

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- Dannon Light & Fit Caramel Macchiato

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I shared a recipe in this post that called for Dannon Light & Fit Caramel Macchiato yogurt and I was blown away that such a thing even existed. I made it my mission to find it the next time I was at the grocery store and lo and behold, Safeway carries it! It’s some tasty stuff, let me tell ya! I’ve been eating it with some Kashi Go Lean sprinkled in it for breakfast.

- Jamberry

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I told y’all recently that I was going to a friend’s house to learn to apply my beautiful Jamberry nail stickers. I’ve had them for months but didn’t know how to apply them so that they were smooth. Once I learned the secret (a cuticle stick and a sandwich baggie – go figure!), I fell in love! It was so easy and I didn’t have to wait for nail polish to dry! My biggest pet peeve is spending time painting my nails, waiting hours for them to dry, then going to bed and waking up with pillow prints in my nails. No. Fun. So I’m thrilled that I can now have cute nails that are quick and look perfect for days, even weeks. Another plus, they don’t chip!

- Remodel Progress

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Slowly, but surely things are coming together on our house. I love seeing big things take place because that makes the progress feel more real. We recently got cabinets build and installed for our entry way and bathrooms. Kitchen cabinets are still a work in progress, but they should be done soon as well. I simply can’t wait until they have drawers and countertops and I can store all my crap in them!! Just kidding…. Sort of.

Welp, packing and grocery shopping won’t wait any longer. Enjoy your weekend!!

What are some of your faves from the week?

Anyone else LOVE Jamberry? I might be slightly addicted. I bought a few sheets of stickers, then booked a party as well.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Thursday Thoughts 9/4

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Well, hello there! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! It was kind of nice to have Monday off. I taught Cardio30 in the morning, but that doesn’t really feel like work, and I had the rest of the day to myself after that.

Since it’s Thursday, it’s time for a round of Thursday Thoughts. After all, Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud!

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Linking up with Amanda!

- Can I just start by saying I’m sooooo not ready for fall? Please don’t throw things at me! So many people are getting excited about cooler weather, the trees changing colors and Pumpkin Spice lattes, but I’m just not there yet. Seriously, I was almost depressed when it rained a few days ago and when I left for work this morning my car was all fogged up and dewy. I don’t mind a little cooler weather (the 90s were getting a little too hot), but I’m not ready for rain and the general fall-ness. However, the cooler weather does give me a great excuse to get a hot coffee on my way to work! :)

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- In honor of the first day of football (which I normally care nothing about), I created an account on ESPN to play Pigskin Pick Em. You heard (or read) right; I am actually getting slightly involved with football this year. A coworker invited me to play Pigskin Pick Em on a company team and I thought why not? Brandon will be immersed in the game all season due to the 2 fantasy football teams he’s on, so this’ll give us something to bond over. We’re even going to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Seahawks play the Packers (just the fact that I even know who’s playing tells me I’m so gonna win!)… I’m actually going more for the food, but sure I’ll accidentally see part of the game as I scan the table for wet naps and extra BBQ sauce.

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- So I signed up for a race today. Yeah, kinda spur of the moment. I haven’t run since my half marathon in June. It’s only 5k, though, so I think I’m conditioned enough to bust it out with little problem. My friend, Erica, and I are going to run the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Portland. I’m looking forward to doing another race. I have the Color Vibe 5k coming up in October and there’s another run that month that I want to do with my dad, so this will be good prep.

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- Brandon and I are going camping with some friends from work tomorrow and I’m pretty excited. Football, camping, who am I?? I don’t even know anymore. Honestly, I’m mostly excited about the s’mores.

What’s been the highlight of your week so far?

Have any races coming up?

What are your plans for the weekend?

Saturday Shopping (Window Shopping, That Is)

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Hey all! How’s the holiday weekend startin’ out for ya?? I worked today andย Brandon and I don’t really have any plans for the long weekend, so it doesn’t feel like a holiday. My fam is in Sunriver running in the Sunriver Marathon For A Cause (super jealous over here!), and I’m cheering them on in spirit. Maybe we’ll plan an outing for Monday or something, who knows.

You know what I really want to do? Go shopping! I don’tย need anything, but there are so many sales this weekend!!! BUT we’re trying to save money for the remodel and, ya know, bills (why was I so anxious to grow up again?), so I will resist. That doesn’t mean I can’t window shop, though! And, boy, I have been. There are some cuuuuuute workout clothes out there on the internet! Here, I’ll share my wishlist with you and maybe you can go treat yourself to some cute new clothes. Do it for me, please!

  • Blogilates is offering 20% off all purchases, even clearance, all weekend! All you need to do is use the code workitgirl20 at checkout. You can shop all her cute products at ogorgeous.com.ย 

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I’ve been eyeing this beauty for a loooooong time. I love the saying on the back!

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These “Sweat Happy” yoga pants would be great for teaching Group Centergy! They come in several colors with different sayings on the back.

  • You can get up to 50% off of everything at Old Navyย through Monday.

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I’ve been wanting a top like this oneย for awhile. I love the loose-fitting look, but that it’s fitted at the bottom. It looks like you could move around comfortably, but not have to worry about it riding up. There’s nothing worse than shifting into down dog in Group Centergy and having my shirt ride up to cover my face – showing my midsection to the entire class does not equal professional.

  • Nordstrom, who could forget Nordstrom?? Their sale on clearance items goes through September 7th.ย 

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These Zella capris are so pretty and feminine! I seriously don’t know when I’d wear them, though, because I wear black capris for work and teaching.

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Black… of course…I can ALWAYS use new black yoga pants! I like these BP boot cutย ones because they look like the waistband is comfy. And, with fall on it’s way, cozy weather is coming and yoga pants are a must!

  • Victoria’s Secret is offering 20% off a sports bra through Monday if you use the code 20bra.

This one is super cute!

  • Fabletics doesn’t have a sale going on that I could find, but their clothing is too cute to leave out!

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I’ve been seeing these caprisย all over the blogosphere lately. ย Heather at Housewife Glamourย rocks the caprisย and Ashley at My Food N Fitness Diaries has the same pattern in shorts. SO CUTE! I really really want them but, again, where would I wear them? They’re so darn fun, they might just be worth buying anyway.

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This Tempe sweatshirt looks soooooo cozy and since it’s overcast and rainy today, I could totally see myself rocking it with a pair of yoga pants! Maybe the BP yoga pants above!

*Sigh* Well, that didn’t quite cure my shopping craving.ย 

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Planning to take advantage of any great sales?ย If you do, tell me what you bought so I can live vicariously through you!

Thursday Thoughts 8/28

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It’s Friday-eve!!! AND it’s my brother’s birthday!!! Happy birthday, Brice!!

I was thinking about posting today because it’s been a few days since my last post,but I could just not think of anything interesting to say. While browsing other blogs for inspiration I came across this link up on Running With Spoons called “Thursdays Are For Thinking Out Loud.” Perfect! Now I can say all my uninteresting things and y’all have to listen to them because they have an official title. :p

So, today I’m “thinking out loud” courtesy of Running With Spoons.

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- I’m pretty excited because tonight I’m going to my friend, Erica’s, house to learn how to apply my Jamberry nail stickers. I know, it doesn’t take much to get me excited. I got the stickers for my birthday in April, but I was horrible at putting them on – they weren’t smooth at all! Erica’s sister sells Jamberry products, so she’s going to show me how to apply the stickers.

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- Ever since Saturday, I can’t stop thinking about the Barre3 In The Park workout I went to. I loved the class and really want to try it again! The feel is very similar to Group Centergy which is no secret that I LOVE! I’ve been thinking that maybe I want to get certified to teach something else along those lines – like Pilates or yoga. Pilates would be my first choice, but the training is soooooo expensive and we just don’t have a demand for it at the club I work at. Those styles of workouts just energize me and when I’m teaching or taking a Centergy class, I just feel at home, like I’m in my sweet spot, ya know? Fortunately, I’ve been subbing a lot this month, so I’ve been getting my fix…..

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And, wow, that was long. Moving on.

- This kitten: I just love her so much!

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My mom mentioned, the other day, that I have wayyyy to many pictures of her on my Instagram and I was like, “No, I totally don’t have that many pics of her.” Then I scrolled through my Instagram feed and, sure enough, I have too many photos of my cat. I need to have kids or something.

- I have been eating like crap this week. Currently, this is what I’m snacking on:

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Yep, JIF and animal crackers. I failed to meal prep this week and have 0 groceries, so I’ve been munching on junk and, therefore, generally feeling like junk. Tomorrow, I’m going grocery shopping annnnnnnd probably cooking (ugh, so not my favorite thing). I just need to remind myself that it’s worth it because I feel so much lighter and more energetic when I eat good food!

- My dad’s running in the Sunriver Marathon For A Cause half marathon on Saturday and I so wish I could be there!! Sadly, I have to work so I’ll just cheer him on from here. Gooooooo Daddy!!!

What are your thoughts this Thursday?

Any plans for the 3 day weekend? I teach tomorrow, work Saturday and teach again on Monday, so I don’t really feel like it’s a long weekend. Enjoy some vacationing or camping for me!!

Anyone running in a race this weekend?

Barre3 In The Park And A Friend Date

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Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a relaxing day before the start of the new week. We started the day with church, then went to lunch with my parents and brother. My mama gave me this today…

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Yes, I am spoiled. I mentioned in my Friday Favorite post that I love this stuff and was, sadly, out so my mom went out and bought me (and Brandon, I suppose) two jars and some animal cookies to dip in them! Thanks mom!

I also mentioned in my last post that I was super excited to go to an event yesterday called Barre3 in the Park, put on by Barre3 Portland to celebrate their 6 year anniversary. I wasn’t entirely sure what a barre workout consisted of, but after experiencing the Barre3 class yesterday and checking out their website, I have a much better idea. Here’s what I learned! Barre3 incorporates barre, yoga and Pilates movements to build long, lean, strong muscles. The moves are set to music and use isometric holds and small, 1-inch pulsing movements to strengthen muscles. You can learn more about the Barre3 workout on their website.

I woke up early Saturday morning to pick up Erica for our friend date and to get up to Portland with enough time to find the park the event was at (I’m notorious for getting lost, especially in Portland. Once, on my way to the airport to pick up a friend, I ended up in Washington.) and to find parking. We, of course, had to stop at Starbucks for coffee first. Photo courtesy of Erica.

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We found the park and only had to turn around once and only went down one one-way street the wrong way (whoops). The event was at The Fields Park in the Pearl District and it was gorgeous!

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It was pretty dang warm, but I was so excited and the park was so beautiful that I didn’t really notice. Erica and I checked in, got our swag bags, then found a nice spot to put our mats before checking out the tents and vendors.

KIND Bars, Athleta, Vita Coco, and Greenleaf Juicing Company all made an appearance.

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At the Athleta tent, we got to pick a gift from their swag bag for following them on Twitter. I got this adorable yoga mat bag by Prana.

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I love the colors and it’s so roomy and soft! It even has a big pocket on the front. I’ve been wanting a yoga mat bag for awhile so I was pretty stoked. Thanks, Athleta!

They also gave us a $10 gift card to use at their store, good for that day only. After the event, E and I went to their downtown location and did some shopping. I wanted to buy the whole store! They have such fun clothes! I limited myself to 1 item for Brandon and our bank account’s sake.

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This adorable workout tank is comfy and such a fun color! I also love the crisscrossed straps on the back. It made me want to go workout all over again! You can get the same one here. I really liked this one too but, like I said, I had a self-imposed limit of one.

Okay, back to the Barre3 event (clothes can be so distracting, can’t they?). We walked around checking out the Vita Coco, KIND Bar and green juice tents and grabbing some snacks. There was also a spot to get a quick massage. You can bet we were all over that!

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After the massage, it was about time for the event to start, so we went back to our mats to get ready and snap a few pics cuz we’re cool like that.

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Meet Erica, new spokesmodel for Vita Coco!

It was amazing how many people were there! Everyone found their mats as Sadie, the founder of Barre3, began to welcome us. As the class started, I noticed that it had a very similar feel to Group Centergy and I knew I was going to love it. We started with a big inhale as we raised our arms and, as everyone moved in sync, Sadie clearly choked up. It was so sweet. I love mass workouts like this because it’s so cool to see everyone move together. There was the most adorable little girl, probably a year or two old, on a mat behind me going through all the moves and it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!! I wanted to take a pic but figured it’s probably frowned upon to take pictures of other people’s kids without their permission (hashtagcreeper).

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Photo cred goes to Erica because my panorama shots always look like a drunk bear tried to take them.

I loved the workout! It lasted about and hour and I was thoroughly covered in sweat when I was done. The movements went quickly, so it got the heart rate up and the holds and pulses killed my muscles. I was definitely feeling my glutes, calves, quads and core. Our swag bag came with a gift card for one free Barre3 class at the Portland studio and Erica and I plan to make another date to try out a real class one of these days. I feel like this is a workout I’d love to do consistently if it were offered closer to home.

Overall, the event was amazingly well organized (they were even able to sweet talk the construction workers a few blocks away to take a break while we did class, so the construction noise didn’t compete with the event) and super fun! I’m hoping they do another Barre3 in the Park for their anniversary next year because I’ll totally come! I’m also really looking forward to trying a class in the studio one of these days. It was great to spend a day with my bestie, having girl time, being active, shopping and getting some freebies – definitely the highlight of my weekend!

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Have you done a barre workout or taken a Barre3 class before?

What was the highlight of your weekend?