Monday, October 20, 2014

New FORME Workout & New Workout Haul from C9 by Target!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own. 

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My life these days revolves around work; creating new FORME workouts being one of the things that takes up most of my time. Target® asked to work with me after my last post with them, and this time I tried one of their new pairs of leggings and a sports bra during one of my classes and while designing the new workout at my house. I popped into the Target® up the street from my house and fell in love with the leopard print full leggings and the seamless padded bra from Target® C9. In my last post, I commented that I was upset that the majority of the collection was a cotton-based fabric, as cotton isn’t great for workouts. This time, I was pleasantly surprised to find ample selection of performance-based fabrics, a 88% polyester/12% Lycra. I chose the C9 Women’s Leggings in leopard print and the Seamless Bra with Removable Cups and really liked both pieces.

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The bra and leggings were really comfortable. The rise of the waistband was nice and high; it came up to my belly button, which gives full coverage for squats and lunges. I wore them all day while I worked from home choosing songs for the new playlist and choreographing the workout, and I was comfy and able to top up and try things at any time. I also taught 2 back-to-back FORME classes that evening, and I will say that the leggings stretched out a bit. I’m a traditional size 4 and bought a small, but I found myself tugging them up throughout the workout. I couldn’t have sized down, as my legs wouldn’t have gotten into an x-small. I got so many compliments on them, and they are really cute! I would buy another pair, but I would only use them as a fashion legging or for lounging about my house. The bra? I’d buy it in a million colors and wear it every day. Target® C9 has a major win here.

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Out of 5 stars, I’d give the leggings a 3.5 and the bra a 5. Room for improvement on the leggings, but feel free to call me, Target® design team, I’ll help you fix it!

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fit For Fall: Barre in the Park Workout with C9 by Target

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own. I am a certified group fitness instructor and barre instructor, but recommend consulting a physician before starting any workout regime as I am not a health professional.

Summer in The South is brutal, but when September hits, the fall temps are gorgeous. While we spend most of our summer avoiding the heat and working out indoors, when fall comes around, I’m back out in the park with my girls and doing some of my favorite low impact, toning workouts.

Here’s a few of my favorite moves:

Barre Arm Lifts: Start with your feet hip distance apart, extend your arms out in front with palms facing the sky, keep your arms in line with your shoulders and have a slight bend in your elbows. Be sure to have a tiny bend in the elbows to protect your shoulders from extra pressure. Then lift the weights 1 inch up and come back to the start for 30 reps.

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Barre Shoulder Twists: Arms stay out in front, in line with your shoulders, slight bend in the elbow. Rotate your hands up and down while moving your arms out to the side slowly, and then back in slowly. 1 rep=1 out, 1 in. 30 reps.

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Side Reaches: Feet hip width apart, start with hands by your side. One hand reaches over, palm faces down. Bottom hand reaches and taps below knee. Repeat moving from one side to the other. 1 rep= right to left. 20 reps

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Squat Thrusts: Feet start hip width apart, slightly wider if you have inflexible hips, arms in field goal position. Stick your bum out first then sit back, as if there is a chair behind you. Keep your knees in line with your ankles, not over your toes, and come to 90*, then come back up slowly and raise your arms overhead. Come back to start. 20 reps.


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Barre Plie Squat Pulses: Feet are 3-4 feet apart, squat down as low as possible with knees over ankles, not toes. Raise up onto tippy toes, if you can, but flat feet work, too! Pulse lower into the squat then come back to start, never raising out of squat position. 30 pulses.

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Barre Outer Thigh Lifts: Standing leg is slightly bent, foot is turned out. Working leg is straight out to side, top of foot is turned to the front. Rest weight on thigh with hand, lift leg using outer thigh muscles to highest position, then bring it down and tap the floor and repeat. 30 reps each side.

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So what do I bring for working out in the park? You know I’m not schlepping around a huge bag with a ton of stuff, so all you need is your yoga mat and two 2lb weights OR two 33oz (2lb) bottles of Smart Water. Don’t have either? Target® has both, along with the C9 workout collection that is a great entry level product for those just starting a workout program. I popped in to see what was trending at Target® and was excited to see stylish, tonal leopard print leggings and sports bras with moulded cups and padding built in. I was disappointed that many of their new “yoga” leggings are a cotton base, which makes them less of an active pant and more of a yoga pant. I really did like the black and grey leopard print leggings and the seamless padded sports bra, both are great styles for being comfy and cozy when the temps start to drop.

Post workout, we always hit our favorite brunch spots around the city to take full advantage of that amazing patio weather. And since we’re always dressed #activechic, we don’t even need to change! Also, Altuzzara for Target® launches Sept. 15th. Is that on my calendar? Uhh yes.

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