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2017 Fitness Adventures: Avant Barre | Discount Code

I’m always glad to have a healthy start to the year and I’ve really been enjoying trying out some new studios and workouts recently. After a relaxing and rejuvenating visit to the Love Story Yoga studio in the Mission at the beginning of the year, today I’m here to share my experience at Avant Barre here in the SOMA district of San Francisco.

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The Low Down:

If you’ve never taken a barre class, the premise is that you use a ballet “barre” for an isometric strength training session. Which means that you focus on moving one muscle group at a time – Core, booty, arms, calves – Primarily focusing on bodyweight movements. Though some classes combine those movements with weights or balls.

Avant-Barre combines the traditional underlying barre techniques with fun music and beautiful dance-like moves for a full-body workout that really evokes a dance class.

No rhythm needed!

Thoughts:

I took the 45 minute Sculpt class and it was a great workout. You felt every muscle group being worked and were begging for mercy by the end of each set.

Especially the booty.

And the core.

The space is light and airy, right off of third street at Brannan in SOMA. They had a fully stocked changing room and plenty of lockers for storing your bag(s) during class. And the barre studio itself is bright with mirrors and windows – You feel like you’re in a ballet studio!

I really like mirrors during these types of workout since it offers you the ability to self-correct on form and notice when you start lagging towards the end of a set.

Recommendations:

If you love a super, super sweaty, gasping for air workout – Like Barry’s Bootcamp – Then you may not be drawn to this type of class. However, if you want a full body toning workout that allows you to safely push your boundaries, this is a great choice.

Bonus – It’s quite easy to customize if you have an injury or are new to the fitness game.

And I have to say that the low impact aspect also really appeals to me. With running, biking, and lifting as major parts of my weekly workout routine, I really need to add in a lower impact workout like this to help keep my joints healthy and happy.

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And I’m thrilled to say that my lovely readers will be getting a discount code to try Avant Barre. Use “mclv2017” for $10 off a single class! If you try it out – Let me know what you think.

Are YOU a fan of barre classes?

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2016 Fitness Adventures: Pilates ProWorks

Champagne For Everyday and MCLV were back at again and we’re thrilled to be here today to share the second post in our 2016 Fitness Adventures series.

Be sure to check out the Introduction to Champagne for Everyday and Barry’s Bootcamp posts if you missed them!

The next stop on our fitness train was Pilates ProWorks in the Financial District for a Pilates Reformer class.

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The Low Down:

The ridiculously cute little studio is conveniently located in the Financial District which means it’s a central, easy-to-get-to location and walking distance from Embarcadero BART.

The space is lovely with convenient lockers and a fully stocked locker room with a shower so you can freshen up after class.

There are two large rooms for classes and a reception desk with goodies for sale when you first walk in. Just in case you forget your yoga socks!

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Thoughts:

We took Katie’s Pilates Pro class – A traditional reformer workout that combines weights, light cardiovascular work, resistance training, and stretching.

The class was very rejuvenating. It was a good workout that utilized the smaller muscle groups while simultaneously leaving you feeling limber and stretched out.

Recommendations:

This is the perfect kind of workout for between punishing HIIT sessions or long runs – It strengthens and improved flexibility, while also promoting recovery.

I definitely recommend mixing in classes like this one to a full workout regime!

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I’m also DYING to try out their MatBox class – It combines boxing, Pilates, and yoga. Can you imagine anything better? Those are all my favorites!!

Are YOU a fan of Pilates?

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2016 Fitness Adventures: Meet Champagne For Everyday

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m pretty fitness-oriented these days. I started 2016 with some ambitious goals & dreams for the year and I’m excited to share my progress with you here.

One of the projects that I’m most excited for is this new series – 2016 Fitness Adventures. I’ll be teaming up with the oh-so-fabulous Jill from Champagne For Everyday to share our fitness adventures this year. We’re going to try classes and workouts and fun new activities, and share pictures & feedback with our like-minded readers.

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Does Champagne For Everyday sound familiar? She’s made a few appearances here on MCLV – From our meeting at the Vint App launch party in 2015 and being reunited at Organge Theory Walnut Creek, as well as co-hosting a wonderful event at Tiffany & Co. this Winter.

This is a perfect match up because not only is Jill a successful, busy, health & fitness-oriented woman living here in San Francisco, but CFE is a great website that combines healthy eating tips, recipes, fashion inspiration, and lifestyle content.

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There are so many parallels between our day-to-day schedules and our fitness goals, that it seemed like a match made in heaven from Day One.

So what adventures are we hoping to conquer this year?

Everything from talked-about-classes like Barry’s Bootcamp & Pilates ProWorks , to more adventurous outings like trapeze walking and indoor skydiving.

Yes. Really.

Needless to say – We’re excited to get started!

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So stay tuned for the first post in this series and be sure to follow Moi Contre La Vie and Champagne For Everyday on Instagram to keep up with our shenanigans!

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