Beyond Barre at Potomac Pilates + Tasc Performance

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I had the evening off from class, so I decided to make the most of my free time after work!

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My mom, sister and I headed down to Potomac, I worked out while they shopped.

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Potomac Pilates invited me out to check out some of the classes that they offer, I was especially interested in taking the Beyond Barre class.

Barre based classes are all the rage these days, and I was definitely intrigued by the ballet based workout.

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When I signed up for the classes I got to pick out a pair of ballet shoes, I won’t lie, but I was super excited to wear the ballet slippers!

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The barre class it self was held in a studio on top of the Potomac country club and held a max of 8 people at a time.

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I figured this class would a great time to test out some new workout gear that I got from Tasc Performance.

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I first experienced Tasc Performance’s workout clothes at Fitbloggin in 2010, I fell in love with how soft the conference t-shirts were.

Top: Oceanside V-Neck- I love how flattering the top is on my figure. The size large is not too baggy and it has small slits on the side so it does not hug my hips. The only down side is the large v-neck, I don’t want to have to worry about what is hanging out while I am working out.

Bottom: Fitted Training Capri- I have only worn these crops once, and I can already tell you that they are my new favorite. I feel like I am wearing my super comfy PJ bottoms. Yes, I plan on sleeping in these tonight.

My favorite part about the Tasc Performance clothing is how soft they feel, they are made up of:

55% Organic Cotton

40% Viscose from Bamboo

5% Elastane

I am sure the softness has something to do with the natural bamboo!

On to the workout! I honestly had no idea what to expect with a barre based workout. I assumed I would be prancing around like a ballerina.

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We warmed up with some stretches and moved right into working with some free weights.

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We did a series of bicep and triceps exercises and pulled out the glide boards.

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On the glide boards we essentially slid from one side to the other. I won’t lie, this was not very natural for me and I was pretty sure I was going to fly off the board.

Eventually I got the hang of it and I was swiftly moving from one side to the other. We also did mountain climbers and planks on the glide board. The slippery surface of the board made the planks and mountain climbers more difficult and a lot more fun.

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We finally got to the barre portion of the class and I finally understood why they were there, to hang on for dear life of course! We did a lot of isolated exercises on the bar and I was able to keep up with most of the exercises.

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We ended the class on the mat with some band work. As a former cardio junkie this class will not have you sweating up a storm, however you will work your muscles and stretch them out.

I am not a long and lean person by any means, so stretching is something that I do need to work on. The Beyond Barre class was a 0 impact class, so it was perfect for me post-injury come back!

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I loved wearing the ballet slippers, because they really helped when sliding on the glide board and I even got a little bag to store them in!

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Have you ever taken a barre based workout class?

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5 Responses to Beyond Barre at Potomac Pilates + Tasc Performance

  1. Joy says:

    Sana!!!!
    You look great!!!

  2. MCM Mama says:

    I’ve taken one at a Pilates studio. It was really fun, but we didn’t have the slide boards. I think I’d love those! I found it to be a great workout.

  3. Sonal says:

    This looks soo cool!! Stretching is so therapeutic :)

  4. Floey says:

    You look adorable!
    Speaking of ballet, I just watched Black Swan last night. Damn that movie was depressing!

  5. Renee says:

    This class sounds amazeballs OMG this has clearly not hit the east coast of SA as yet!! I would totally be psyched about wearing ballet slippers as well! Loving your last pic and your ballet-esque foot stance :)

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