Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fitness. Show all posts

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Sepanx

Raw, unedited picture from one of my lunch-time Xtendbarre sessions... doing my pre-Barre stretches here.

Early this year, I lost my favorite Xtendbarre instructor. She went back to Brazil (I think it's her home country) all of a sudden. She didn't even manage to say goodbye to her students. I really loved her classes because first and foremost, her workouts are always the perfect balance of strengthening and cardio. She really has a good flow, and her workouts are always varied and never boring. It sometimes verges a teeny bit on the sadistic, though. I would tend to avoid her classes when I'm feeling really tired and sore for some reason. She can be really intense. Not a lot of people appreciate her classes... which makes me like them even more because I hate crowded classes. This is why I only take classes at lunch time. She seemed to be always very strict and formal and never relaxed. But it's not really her personality that I loved, it was how awesome she was at being an instructor. I totally owe my cellulite-free legs and tight buns to her!

During the last few sessions I had with her, I was quite surprised to to discover that we share the same love for 80's music. I guess we're about the same age. Had I known she was going to leave abruptly, I would've approached her for that 80's workout playlist with "The Neverending Story" theme in it.

This week, I'm losing yet another favorite Xtendbarre and Pilates instructor. I not only love her classes, I also love her personality. She just always seems sweet and always in a good mood. She even gave me a hug today on our last class together. I'm glad she said goodbye before going back to the U.S. It wouldn't be so nice to get the same heartbreak I had with my moody Brazilian instructor leaving without giving us closure.

Oh well... I guess it doesn't really matter that much coz we're also moving out of Singapore anyway... very, very soon.

P. S.
For those who do not know "Sepanx" is the short term for "Separation Anxiety".

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fitness Tips: Xtendbarre and Yoga

Searching for fitness activities is never an easy task, especially if you're not really the sporty type. When I was much younger, I never really craved for fitness activities. Being fit seemed to just come easy and happen naturally despite the unhealthy eating habits. But as the years go by, being fit starts to require extra effort... and even most especially after having a baby.

I have been regularly practicing Xtendbarre and Yoga for more than half a year now, and I would like to share some of my experiences, what worked for me, and some tips on how to keep yourself motivated:

Find an activity that you love

Be on the lookout for activities that would not only keep you fit but would also be fun to do, otherwise it will be difficult to be motivated. One of the things that worked for me is Xtendbarre. I have been doing it regularly for more than six months now, and I'm totally loving it. For those who are not familiar with this fitness program, it's a mixture of Pilates and Ballet, designed to tone your body (with special attention to the glutes and legs) and to strengthen your core. It's fun because it feels like you are dancing when you are doing the ballet movements. But be warned, you may think that just because it is fun, it is not strenuous.


Doing some stretching before the class

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Physio Pilates Experience

one of the torture machines at the physio pilates gym
ever since having a baby, my back has never been the same. during the first few months after delivery, it was extremely painful getting up in the morning. and it was always painful when i stay in a single position for a long time.

since then, i have always been taking physio, or when i was in France, going to the kiné.

here in Singapore i have tried going to the physiotherapist also. i have had a couple of physiotherapists in the same clinic, which is quite close to our place. my sessions were quite good but they seem to offer temporary relief... after the stretching and the massage, the pain would just come back again.

this time, i ventured into trying physio with pilates. and i was quite lucky to be able to find a french kiné. i never thought it would be advantageous to get a woman kiné over a guy one. until i realized that a woman is less restricted when it comes to touching your upper body parts to loosen the muscles, while a guy one would only touch your back and the extremities. :)

i have been taking the physio pilates for quite some time now. it has helped me a lot on improving my posture and working on my core muscles. the best part of it all is that i have also found out that i do not have a diastasis recti so i can now start doing more abdominal workouts. :)