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Exploring New Studios: Haute Barre

Finally another barre studio to try!

I was invited by two new friends to a barre class at Haute Barre Studio in the West End. The three of us attended a Monday morning 5:45 am Barre Fusion class taught by Lindsey Bomgren (the amazing blogger of Nourish Move Love)!

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Haute Barre is conveniently located in the new West End shopping complex with plenty of free parking and after class you are just steps away from shopping, coffee, and food – okay, maybe that’s a little dangerous..

The studio space is fully stocked with all types of barre equipment,  has a small changing room and bathroom, cute lobby with accessories and barre tanks. The studio room itself has floor to ceiling mirrors on one side of the room and full length barre on both sides easily accommodating a full house.

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This 60 minute class was not your typical barre class – it incorporated aspects of yoga, HITT, and  a lot of core strength training making it a great all around workout.  If you are use to a Pure Barre type barre class be prepared for something totally different, but in a really good way. The class used a set of light and heavy weights to work the arms but also to add challenge to lunges, squats and hip thrusts. There were lots of the typical barre moves (pulsing and tucking) but more concealed in other great full body workout moves. Lindsey is amazing – she is upbeat, fun, and fully immersed in the class with you, which makes the class fly by so fast and the burn not so bad.  Usually, during a barre class it is unusual to break a true sweat but I was  dripping after this class – always a good sign.

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I am very excited to not only have found a great new barre studio, but also a great instructor – I highly recommend checking out one of Lindsey’s classes at Haute Barre if you haven’t already! Haute Barre offers a wide variety of barre classes to choose from; there are classes that are more restorative, some with high cardio, and some with increased strength training – there is truly something for everyone!

Are you are interested in trying Haute Barre?

Well… you are in luck!! You are invited to come to a class with me for FREE!

All you have to do is email me and we can get you signed up!!

Email: mmcguinness33@gmail.com

You don’t want to miss out on an amazing class and perfect start or end to your day!

 

Pumpkin Cornbread

Nothing screams fall more than some warm chili while watching Sunday football, right?

But what is better than chili with a side of cornbread?
…….how about pumpkin cornbread!!

Pumpkin is not a fall phenomenon for no reason – pumpkin is filled with nutritional value. It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids and fiber. The root vegetable is also very low in calories making this an easy (and stress free) addition to your fall diet. You do not have to use fresh pumpkin you can buy it in a can as long as you make sure it is 100% pure pumpkin (no added sugars, etc.)

This recipe was inspired by the Purely Elizabeth fall magazine that featured a salad with pumpkin cornbread croutons – the idea immediately grabbed my attention, so I made a few tweaks to the recipe and wanted to share with all of you to enjoy as well!

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Pumpkin Cornbread

Dry Ingredients
1 1/2 cups of almond flour
1 1/2 cups of whole grain cornmeal (I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
optional for sweetness: 1/4 cup coconut sugar 

Wet Ingredients
1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
3/4 cup almond milk
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 eggs
1 can of organic pumpkin puree

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350F degrees
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients
In a smaller bowl, whisk together all of the wet ingredients
Combine the wet ingredients into the larger bowl and mix thoroughly
Pour into a greased/sprayed baking tin
Cook in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown/cooked through
(times depend on the dish used for baking – stick a toothpick into the bread to determine if it is fully cooked)

Take the cornbread out of the oven and allow it to cool for 5 minutes before cutting into serving size pieces & enjoy!

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make sure to check out my Pumpkin Turkey Chili recipe to pair with this pumpkin cornbread and enjoy your next Sunday Football Feast!

Exploring New Studios: weRow Minneapolis

and the studio explorations continue…

WeRow Minneapolis

A couple weekends ago we had friends in town visiting. The boys went golfing one  morning, so my friend Leigh and I decided to head out for a studio workout. We cruised the classpass website for a studio with a class time that we could work with and ended up at weRow Minneapolis.

weRow is located in Northeast Minneapolis right along the Mississippi River – the studio has plenty of parking which makes it very convenient for those who do not live nearby to come try it out! Another plus – weRow is just a couple blocks from Spyhouse Coffee, perfect for a post sweat treat!

This studio is an indoor rowing studio that offers a variety of classes; classic row, HITT row, and row sculpt. If you haven’t tried a rowing class (no matter where you live) – google a nearby studio and try it out! Rowing is a great way to get in a good cardio workout with no impact and lots of core and arm strength training all at once! For my Boston readers – head over to Btone Fitness – their row classes are killer!

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Leigh and I took the Row Sculpt class which was an hour of strength training mixed in with rowing sprints. The class was so challenging! The instructor created a circuit of 7 rounds – each round would begin with a 200 meter sprint on the rowing machine followed by three strength exercises. After a quick warm-up we completed this circuit as many times as we could in the 40 minutes. Luckily, Leigh and I pushed each other threw two rounds and were so happy once class was over. We definitely felt it the next day..

I love a good row class, so I am excited to get back to weRow to take one of their signature classes! If you are local check them out (and they are on classpass too).

Holiday Hustle

And just like that we are into the holiday season – how does time go by SO fast?!

This past weekend I made a quick trip to Home Goods where it really hit me (as I stared at aisles of Christmas decorations) that the Holiday season is fast approaching. This time of year happens to be my absolute favorite, but also comes with a lot of added stress. Two months of jam packed family events, work socials, cookie swaps, decorating and endless amounts of shopping can take a toll on you mentally but also physically on your body.

Stress has so many immediate negative effects on the body. These effects can be both mental and physical. Stress can induce chronic disease, anxiety, depression, heart attacks, panic attacks, and other difficult health issues. Matter of fact, 90% of all chronic disease is caused by stress, and to make it worse, about 70% of the population knows that they are stressed out and only about 25-30% try to do something about it.

Is this ringing true to some of you?

Do you wish you could slow down during this time of year?

If so, I am here to help…

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The Holiday season should be a special time, one where you can reflect on your year’s accomplishments and share genuine time with family and friends. So here is the trick, it’s so simple – just add mindfulness. You might be thinking “oh sure, that’s easier said than done” or “what does that even mean?”

The definition of mindfulness is;

mind·ful·ness
noun

1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”

2. a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Okay so how do you put this into practice? Here are a few examples of how easy it can be to add mindfulness during the holiday hustle;

  • Say No – You do not have to attend every holiday gathering you are invited to!! Seriously, it is important to prioritize your time. Choose to attend events that mean something to you or have friends or family you would love to see attending.
  • Self-Love – Schedule time for you. Your weekends might be fully booked but put some time on your calendar (literally block it off) on a Wednesday or Thursday evening just for you. You can simply do nothing – lay on the couch, read a book, take a bath. You could attend a yoga class, take a nap, or go get your nails done. This doesn’t have to be for long – even 20 minutes moms!! Tell your husband to play a board game with the kids and retreat upstairs. These little acts of self-love will allow you time to reflect and slow down allowing you to truly enjoy all the hustle and bustle that follows.
  • Give Back – This is what the Holiday season is truly all about, right?! Make an effort to schedule one event or activity to give back this holiday season – don’t just write a check to charity, really go out and help someone. The joy and satisfaction this brings is like no other.

I hope these three tips help you reset and head into the Holiday season with a different outlook 🙂

I am very aware that some of the Holiday stress comes from the endless events of eating and drinking (which may seem like a nightmare for those trying to stay on track or lose weight) so click here to read how to tackle those negative food guilt feelings!