Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled

I have a handful of workout DVDs from Jillian Michaels, yoga, pilates, P90X, and now Xtend Barre: Lean & Chiseled.  I’m not sure what spawned this brilliant idea that the new barre method workout was a good idea for me but I do love ballet and the long lean muscles that it brings.  This is an hour workout if you do the entire thing, but it’s broken up into sections:
Warm Up 6 minutes
Upper Body 11 minutes (need 3 lb. weights)
Barre 23 minutes (need a chair)
Core 10 minutes
Cool Down 5 minutes

I am feeling rather weak and out of shape lately – the idea of going to the gym and taking a strength class sounds too overwhelming because I’m really That weak right now and because of that my motivation is really lacking.  I bought this DVD about 2 months ago, but never got around to trying it out.  Today I did the Barre, Upper Body, and Core sections for a total of 44 minutes of ULTIMATE PAIN.

The woman on the video kept saying things like, “small movements, small motions…etc… lots of small things” and it turns out the small movements are the ones that burn the most.

The Barre section is entirely legs and butt and was easily the best part.  I loved this section, it is challenging yet the movements are very simple.  By the end of it my legs were shaking, and at that moment I knew that doing this kind of workout at home was much better than subjecting myself to a full 1.5 hours of hot yoga where I wouldn’t be able to correctly do even half of the movements.  In the first 3 minutes my legs were burning, so after 23 minutes I kind of wanted to die.

The Arms section was surprising.  You only need 1 – 3 pound weights, which is way less than I usually use.  I didn’t even know that I had 3lb. weights in my closet, but luckily I did.  The movements here were also very small and simple, but it was really hard even with such wimpy weights.  This section could have been a little longer, by the end I was hurting but I was hoping for a little more even though by now I was covered in sweat.

The Core section was really good – a combination of pilates movements that brought the good burn.  I’m trying to weigh on which is harder – the Jillian Michaels 6 Week Six Pack DVD or this one.  They are very different, and I think I can’t really compare due to the style differences but they’re both very good.  I liked that this one was only 10 minutes so I can always fit it in, but at the same time is 10 minutes enough?  Sometimes it’s not all or nothing, sometimes you just need to fit in a quick and effective workout – it doesn’t need to take over your entire day.

I’m going to be sore tomorrow!

About Laura

Working mom trying to balance life and baby.
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