In the summertime, it’s easy to think of a million and one excuses to skip class more than usual. The sun is shining – there are patios to be sat on and guacamole and chips to be had. Enough said. But, you know what? You’re stronger than that. You CAN do it all, from the tucks to the tacos! Challenge yourself with these five simple tips that will keep you summer strong from the barre to the beach and beyond.
1. Schedule your classes and make them count
Summer is lax, but your Pure Barre schedule shouldn’t be. Keep up with your normal routine or find workarounds when you have conflicts with summertime plans. Plan one week out, and sign-up ahead of time to make sure you get into the class time that works best for you. Then comes the hard part – no cancelling or no shows. Make it your golden rule of the summer!
2. Set a summer goal – or two!
What better way to stay engaged than to set some goals? Start by visualizing what you’d like to accomplish and work backwards from there. Here are some thought starters to spark your own:
- Conquer the 90-second plank – Yes, ALL 90 seconds. It can be done!
- Bicep and tricep definition – Summer strong arms. Check! Do every single tricep move and the entire weight section in your best form.
- No breaks during thighs – Stay strong during all of the exercises during thighs. Your legs will thank you later.
Got your goal? Now take it one day, one class at a time.
3. Just go for it!
There’s always something you could be doing to build more strength during class. Some dead giveaways:
- Your legs are burning, but not shaking – Close your eyes and work deeper to get there, whether that means dropping another inch or two, rolling the waistband down a little more, contracting your muscles even tighter or pressing your heels up even higher. Why not? Go for it!
- You’re working hard, but you’re not at your edge yet – Take on the “extra challenges” or “options” your teacher presents throughout class. Be confident and try it out. Your body may surprise you. If not, don’t give up. See where you can improve and try again soon.
4. Finish stronger than you started
Throughout class, there are so many opportunities to end an exercise even better than how you started it. These are usually the moments when you want to give up or take a break, but with some extra effort (and maybe a little self pep talk), you’ll get over the hump and glide right through to the moment your teacher says, “10!” Check yourself during these key places to seize every opportunity you have to jumpstart your summer strong:
- Your final 10s: That’s your cue to get into your best form immediately and to stay there all the way through the end of the sprint. It’s 10 counts – that’s less than 10 seconds. You can do it.
- Last chances: There’s quite a few of them throughout class, such as your standing tricep work, end of thigh work, last set of seat and the final push for abs. This is your “last chance” to work the section of your body you’ve been focusing on for the past several minutes. Get into your “mind over muscle” zone. Do everything you can to stay in it without breaking your form. Every big push will be once step closer to your best summer strong.
5. Try Platform
Test your strength in new ways by adding in Platform, Pure Barre’s cardio workout. Don’t be intimidated or nervous – the class is just as welcoming as your first Pure Barre experience. Allow yourself to be a beginner all over again and you’ll see that the class is an amazing compliment and extension to the strength you’ve been building in your Pure Barre classes. Don’t forget your sticky socks and a towel (and a snack beforehand)!
As a Chicagoland native, Kat Collins began her roots at Pure Barre West Loop as a Pure Barre and Platform teacher. Now a resident of Massachusetts, she’s excited to have joined the Pure Barre Boston team. When she’s not on the mic, she works in health and wellness marketing and enjoys exploring and eating her way through her new city.