5 Reasons You Should Go to Todd Pilates and Barre

Since health and fitness have recently become large priorities in my life, I knew that I would need to find a fitness studio for my summer in Austin. After some extensive research, I found Todd Pilates and Barre, and bought their “Unlimited Monthly” plan without even taking a class.

This was a risky move on my part, but it paid off. The classes quickly became my favorite part of my week, and when I was at full-health, I strived to be in the studio 4-5 times a week.

Here’s my top 5 reasons for why you should try out Todd Pilates and Barre, too!

1. It’s a serious full-body workout

They claim to be a full-body workout, and they mean it. Both pilates and barre were working muscles I didn’t even know I had- after my first pilates class, I couldn’t walk normally for 48 hours because I was so sore. My body quickly adjusted to the new paces I was putting it through, and I came to love the feeling of pushing my body to the limit. I am undoubtedly much stronger at the end of these three months. Before, I could barely do 2 pushups- now I can do the full 16 in Todd’s class!

2. PIlates classes with todd

Pilates classes with THE Todd of Todd Pilates is reason enough to give it a try. He loves to keep the class high-energy, and always picks an entertaining playlist to accompany the pilates moves. We regularly use all the props (which you don’t have to buy- you can use the ones in the prop room for free!) and every time I leave, I feel like the workout I’m getting is super diverse. Also, it’s just fun to see what hair color Todd is going to have next- he switches it up often!

3. uncensored hip-hop barre with holly

Holly’s daytime barre classes are great, too, but “Uncensored Barre” at 8:15 on Mondays were my favorite nights of the week. She uses this time to play more explicit tracks, similar to what you would hear if you were out at the club. Holly really encourages having fun and dancing- it is a barre class after all! She’s also really receptive to playlist requests. It made my whole week when I heard “No Hands” by Waka Flocka Flame on the track list!

Bonus: Barre really does give you a dancer’s body. I don’t have long legs naturally, but they look much longer after I lengthened and leaned out the muscles!

4. it’s completely inclusive

I see the whole range of ages and fitness levels every time I come to class. In my Tuesday/Thursday morning classes, I was regularly the youngest participant, but there were more young people in classes like Uncensored Barre and on the weekend. The instructors regularly demonstrate alternative moves for people with movement restrictions. This is super helpful, because it allows everyone to keep up and get a good workout!

5. They foster self-love

I don’t know what it is about barre and pilates, but they really make you focus inward (mentally and physically) if you want to get the most out of your classes. I regularly snagged a spot by the mirror, so a lot of my time was actually spent starting at myself. I loved watching my body move and seeing new muscles appear as I stared at myself in the mirror during workouts! Being able to watch your body get stronger and leaner really fosters an intense feeling of self-love, helped along by the relentlessly supportive instructors and staff. Getting feedback or being told that I did great that day brightened my whole week!

I’m so sad to be done at Todd Pilates and Barre for the time being. If I ever end up in Austin in the future, I can guarantee I’ll be back. I’ll miss ya, TPB! Thanks for a killer summer.

-K

The Simple Joys of Avocado Toast

A meal that I was really into this summer that I kinda forgot about over the course of fall semester is avocado toast. While this meal is often stereotyped as “basic,” I promise it really does live up to the hype.

My preferred way to eat avocado toast is what is pictured above: mashed avocado on thinly sliced white bread, topped with salt/pepper and feta cheese, with roma tomatoes on the side. The fats in the avocado make it so filling, and I’m easily satisfied for hours afterwards. For me, the game changer is the feta cheese: I put feta on just about everything, so it would make sense that I would put it on my toast, too.

Eggs (scrambled or fried) are also egg-celent (ha, ha) sides to add to your avocado toast. You can easily put them on top for a fresh taste combination or keep them on the side to enjoy separately. When I’m not in a rush, scrambled eggs are a breakfast favorite of mine because they’re just so easy. I haven’t mastered fried eggs yet, but maybe soon.

When I’m feeling particularly spicy, I’ll add hot sauce to my avocado toast combo. My personal favorite brand is Louisiana Hot Sauce, but any hot sauce will do. I find that the heat from the hot sauce balances with the avocado and feta cheese and isn’t too overpowering. (But I’ve also been eating Louisiana Hot Sauce daily for 3 years now, so maybe I’m just used to it.)

How do you eat your avocado toast? I would love some suggestions!

-K

My Fitness Routine: February 2019

Fitness has become a huge part of my life recently. I aim to work out 4-5 times a week, simply because it makes me happy and feel great about myself for the rest of the day.

For the month of February, it’s been so cold that even the 60 second run down to my apartment gym sounds miserable. So instead, I’ve taken to doing all of my workouts in my bedroom!

A specific genre of workouts that I’ve fallen in love with recently are dance workouts. I find all my workouts on YouTube, and the channel I’ve found with the best dance workout videos is Dance Fitness with Jessica. She has tons of songs from all different genres, so it wasn’t hard for me to compile my own playlist full of songs I like. I’m not a great dancer, but in the comfort of my own bedroom it’s fun and gets me active.

If Dance Fitness with Jessica isn’t your style, then I recommend looking up Just Dance playlists on YouTube- seriously. I added a few of my favorite #throwbacks from Just Dance 2/3 to my workout playlist and cycle through them occasionally. They’re super easy to follow along and achievable for people of any skill level! I have very little coordination, but can still pull them off pretty well.

My favorite throwbacks from the Just Dance era that I enjoy incorporating into my workout routine are:

Dance fitness has become such a fun way to get my body moving without it feeling like typical cardio! And there’s way more resources out there than the ones I mentioned, so if dance fitness interests you, there’s more out there than just these options.

If you give this workout style a try, be sure to let me know what you think!

-K