Take me to the Bar {A Giveaway!}

I was first introduced to Bar Method by a co-worker of mine in Chicago.  I was looking for ways to change up my workout routine and get toned up for my wedding.  As tough as the first class was (even with 2 & 3 lb weights), I soon became addicted to this workout.  I quickly dropped my monthly gym membership and traded it in for a monthly Bar Method membership.  When I wanted a little bit of cardio, I either ran outside or hopped on the elliptical in our apartment gym.

After a few short weeks of going to class about 4 times a week, I began to notice changes in my body that no other workout has ever been able to give me.  My jeans fit better and my arms were quickly toning up.  In four months of going to class consistently, I dropped 10 pounds and lost a little over 6 inches from my body.  The biggest change came in my legs where I lost 2.25 inches from thighs.

Besides losing weight and inches, going to Bar Method also helped with the patella femoral syndrome that I had suffered from in my left knee.  All the core work and thigh work helped strengthen the muscles in my legs and hips and soon I was able to run pain free.

When I found out I was pregnant in December, I was determined to keep up with it as much as I could.  But after my first class of fighting through morning sickness, I decided to take a break from classes until I was feeling better and stick to the prenatal DVD at home.

The DVD did a great job of modifying the class.  Everything’s pretty much the same except they take out pushups {which I’ve continued to do up until the third trimester}, the abs portion involves propping yourself up with pillows, and the last bit of seat workout is done either standing or kneeling instead of lying down on your back.  Doing the pregnancy DVD on a regular basis has definitely helped with the lower back pain that I started to feel later on in pregnancy.  After a week of doing the workout just 3 times, my lower back & hip pain was completely gone and I started sleeping better (until the bathroom thing became an issue).  It’s also helped keep my arms and legs toned as my middle section continues to grow 🙂 And I’m hoping that all the core work will help with a quickly and easy delivery.  Not only has this workout helped me stay in shape through my pregnancy, but holding static movements and “staying in it” has helped me mentally prepare for dealing with contractions.  When you’re doing the thigh portion of the DVD, your legs shake uncontrollably and it takes everything in my willpower to not just stop and stretch them out.  I feel like if I can get through that, it will help make dealing with contractions a little easier (mentally at least).

Unfortunately, there are no Bar Method studios in the Milwaukee area.  There’s not even a barre style workout anywhere close, so I’ve become reliant on the DVDs.  They are all really challenging and comparable to taking an actual studio class.  But I do miss the personal style training that the teachers give you and the motivation that you get from going to the studio.  The teachers give you a lot of one on one attention to make sure that you’re doing the movements correctly and that you get the most out of your workout.  I miss the studio so much that a few weeks ago, I had debated on driving to Highland Park, IL to take a class.  Instead I stuck to the DVD.

What is The Bar Method? 

It integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body. (source)

Want a chance to try this workout?  Visit the Bar Method website DVD section *Here* and find a DVD that interests you.  Then, leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to tone up and what DVD you’d like to try out.

Giveaway closes on Thursday, August 2nd at 11:59pm CST.  The winner will be announced Saturday morning.

Good luck!!!!

*Please note that The Bar Method in no way sponsored this post.  All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own 🙂

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24 thoughts on “Take me to the Bar {A Giveaway!}

  1. Breanne July 30, 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Hey Maria! Cool blog…I have never tried barre but am very interested! I think the beginner DVD looks like one I would try for sure. My favorite way to tone up is doing interval/circuit training. I used to attend boot camp classes once a week, but now I usually do the Jillian MIchael’s DVDs which involve lots of mat work while also utilizing weights.

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  2. K.M. July 31, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    I think the Super Sculpting DVDs look great! I too am working hard with bar throughout my pregnancy. I also think about the contractions the same during thigh work! Glad I’m not the only one 🙂

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    • Maria C July 31, 2012 / 9:38 pm

      Definitely helps with mental preparation! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

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  3. Jill July 31, 2012 / 2:50 pm

    Super Sculpting here I come if you send one my way! From one Milwaukee girl to another I am dying for Barre classes here! I run, jump, sit, stand and nothing comapres to how you feel when you leave a Bar Method class. Thanks for your blog…makes me feel like I’m not out there alone begging for a Bar in Milwaukee (and have people not actually think I am talking about a bar and an alcholoic)!

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    • Maria C July 31, 2012 / 9:39 pm

      🙂 Milwaukee definitely needs more studio-type fitness classes! I think the third ward would be a perfect location!

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  4. Natalie July 31, 2012 / 2:50 pm

    Have heard great things about this workout however I also do not have a place close by so I need a DVD. I would love to try the Super Sculpting DVD!!!

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  5. Libby July 31, 2012 / 2:51 pm

    just started doing the bar method after finishing up nursing my 3rd baby. In just a few short weeks, i am already impressed by the changes in my body. It goes along great with my daily runs. Since bar classes are so expensive, i would love to try any one of these DVD’s for home workouts!!

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  6. Jenn Stankiewicz July 31, 2012 / 3:05 pm

    Hello,
    I have just started trying these different barre workouts. I would love to try the dancers body advanced workout. I have a problem with bulking very badly so I am hoping that this will elongate me. I am glad you had success with it makes me feel better about making the change. 🙂 Thank you for this contest opportunity!

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  7. Theresa July 31, 2012 / 3:06 pm

    I’d love to try the Super Sculpting DVD! My husband is in the Navy and it’s hard to get to the studio when he is deployed (which is all the time it seems), because I have to find someone one to care for our son. I’d love to be able to continue to work on changing my body while he is gone – and surprise him with the changes when he gets home! 🙂

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    • Maria C July 31, 2012 / 9:42 pm

      Thank your husband for his service 🙂 And thank YOU for being a supportive wife 🙂 I know first hand how hard it can be. If you have a studio near by and childcare is a concern, maybe see if they offer child care? A few of the studios in Chicago did.

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  8. Becky Thompson July 31, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    I don’t live close to a bar method studio so I have relied on the DVD’s. I don’t have the super sculpting set yet, so the first one of those would be the one.

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  9. Alex C. July 31, 2012 / 5:24 pm

    Dancers Body Advanced would be my pick! I love toning up by quality poses and movements over quantity. Targeting the right muscles and focusing on posture is important to me. And of course having fun while doing it!

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  10. Sherri July 31, 2012 / 5:30 pm

    I love the Bar Method DVD’s. They sculpt your muscles like nothing else! I have the older DVD’s, so I would love a copy of the Advanced Dancer’s Body Workout.

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  11. Ellen July 31, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    I love Pilates and Rebounding to tone up. I just started using the Bar Method Super Sculpting I DVD and love it and would really be interested in Super Sculpting II!

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  12. Kathleen July 31, 2012 / 6:01 pm

    My favorite workout is Bar Method, but I’ve always wanted to try the DVDs. I’d love to try Burr Leonard’s Super Sculpting II DVD. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Cathy H July 31, 2012 / 7:22 pm

    I’d love to try Change Your Body. My favorite way to tone up is barre workouts.

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  14. Rachel July 31, 2012 / 7:52 pm

    I have been fortunate enough to work out at the Bar Method studio, but I would love to try out a workout at home. maybe the accelerated workout would be a good one to start with! 😉

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  15. Jennifer July 31, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    What an inspiring story! I love your dedication to Bar. I just started three weeks ago. I also practice Bikram yoga and occasionally run. Dancers’ Advanced would be my choice DVD! Thank you for offering this giveaway!

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    • Maria C July 31, 2012 / 9:43 pm

      I miss Bikram yoga!!! It’s something I’m looking forward to getting back into after the baby’s born.

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  16. Julie Wilson July 31, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I love the Super sculpting DVD and I would love to try Super Sculpting II or the Dancer’s Body DVD’s. I travel for work at least 1 week per month and the Bar Method DVDs are great for working out in my hotel room. I am looking forward to seeing my body melt….

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  17. Britt DiBenedetti July 31, 2012 / 9:03 pm

    I too am addicted to the Bar Method. I’ve tried so many work outs over the years, but the Bar Method is the only exercise routine that has really helped me to change my “thick” figure into a toned a voluptuous physique. Additionally, I’ve been able to work through and actually rehabilitate a couple of serious injuries in my knee and ankle. After 2 months at 4-5 days a week, I’ve seen results that would have taken me months, if not a year of serious commitment to my gym routine and changes to my diet. Now I can eat what I want and still get the results I only dreamed about.

    That being said, I’d love to introduce my mom to the Bar Method. She lives in a small town that will likely never have any barre classes. She’s in her early 50s and I can’t remember a time when she was actually happy with her weight or body. I really think she would not only benefit from the Bar Method, but would become completely addicted to both the routine and the results. I’d love to introduce her to the Change your Body DVD. I love my Mom and she deserves to love her body again!

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  18. Eliz August 1, 2012 / 8:55 am

    I am not as healthy as I want to be…I would use the beginners DVD. I never even heard of the Bar Method until you brought it up and the studio in Chicago…I just live and work too far from downtown to ever go. 🙂

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    • Maria C August 1, 2012 / 6:06 pm

      I know they just opened one in Naperville & they have one in Highland Park. Not sure where in the ‘burbs you are!

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  19. Amber August 2, 2012 / 7:10 pm

    I would love to try the beginner DVD. I have Crohn’s disease and have been too sick to do much of anything other than walking and light weights. I’m having surgery at the end of the month and am hoping I can get back to a healthy life! I’m going to look into trying this out once I get the ok to workout again!!

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