Trip to the Coffee Barre Day 1

Good morning! I hope your week is going well so far! I am so excited to tell you all about my trip to Seattle! I was lucky enough to take a 5 day trip to Seattle Washington with my dad this past week. I just returned home! I didn’t have the time to blog while we were there.. just so much going on! But for the next 4 days be prepared for details from my trip! Here is Seattle Day 1! 

Dad and I were wiped out after our red-eye flight. We didn’t even realize we were awake for almost a full 24 hours the day before! We arrived at our hotel at 1:30 am PST (but that is 4:30 am Eastern Standard Time!). First thing on the agenda.. COFFEE. And there is no better place for coffee than Seattle, and Starbucks well.. come on. ..

After walking around and getting our bearings, dad left for his first meeting (for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine) and I started on  my own agenda. I had plans of my own this week to try different fitness studios and classes in Seattle! On Saturday I tried Barre 3.

Barre 3 is another of the barre franchises. There are about 80 in the US currently, and one opened up in Raleigh not too long ago! I had heard some great things about the class and was really excited to try it out. 

The studio was HUGE with 2 different barre studio rooms. There were also lockers, showers, and a room for childcare. Yes they offer childcare during their classes. Huge plus for moms! It was different from Pure Barre in a couple of ways. For example this was the first barre class I have taken on hardwood floor instead of carpet.

 Entry way to studio

Entry way to studio

 Barre 3 studio room

Barre 3 studio room

 Yours truly in the studio

Yours truly in the studio

The class format is very similar to Pure Barre, with a warm up in the middle of the room, intense thigh work, then glute ("seat") work and polishing everything off with abdominal work until your final stretches. Other differences between Pure Barre and Barre 3 include: Barre 3 has a more "yoga" like vibe to it. The instructor uses yoga terms (such as cat and cow pose, downward facing dog etc.) and focuses more on knowing your own body and what is best for your body "today and now". No one wears socks (hardwood floor you don't really need to). For seat work there was one long series of exercises instead of 2 separate ones. In every Pure Barre class you have two seat exercises, one in turnout (heels together toes apart, working corner/outer seat) and one in parallel (feet hip width apart parallel for set up, isolating the base of your seat more). 

The studio had some really cool special events going on!

 Special event at Barre3 and a great idea!

Special event at Barre3 and a great idea!

I really enjoyed barre 3! It definitely beats my experiences with Extend Barre and Fly barre! 

 I loved my instructor! She was awesome

I loved my instructor! She was awesome

After class I met up with dad and we walked down to Pike Place market for dinner. It was only about .4 miles from our hotel and we enjoyed strolling the city and catching the sights when the weather was cooling down.

 Not my typical daily view

Not my typical daily view

It was beautiful out there! We went to steelhead diner for some delicious seafood and then called it a night.

 Great food and company

Great food and company

More about Seattle's best coffee and fitness tomorrow! 

 

Have a great day!

Hannah