Living by the Barre Code – My Fitness Routine

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Instructors Lena, Meredith, Caitlin, and Cami (owner).

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Living by the barre code | my fitness routine | Austin, TX | By, Hilary Rose Austin blogger

Leggings | Socks | Tank | Sports Bra

 Before I started taking barre, I was stuck doing hamster cardio at the gym a few times a week. I would go hide in the dark cardio movie room, away from the beefy guys doing squats downstairs, and do some running and elliptical work and call it a day. Every person has their own routine, so if that’s yours I’m definitely not knocking it, but it just wasn’t for me. Half the people at my gym seemed to be constantly looking over their shoulders to check each other out, and the other half were wayyy too intense for me (you know, the grunters). I was never excited to go work out, it felt more like a chore than anything, and I wasn’t really seeing results. It mostly just felt like something I was doing to keep my heart healthy.

So this past spring, as a recommendation from my friend, I started doing Class Pass where I discovered The Barre Code. I’d visited other great barre studios in Austin, but something about The Barre Code really stood out to me! For one thing, all the instructors were so friendly and welcoming (check them out in my pics above!). A lot of them got to know me by name after a few weeks, and they never made me feel intimidated or anything when I was a beginner and had a difficult time keeping up. I also loved the clean and new studio and the fun classes that changed every week. After getting my butt kicked every time I went to a class (in the best way possible) it was clear how effective these workouts were. I was noticing little muscles here and there that I had never hit before in any class, and bigger changes as well, and it was so exciting. I might have been burning calories during my treadmill workouts but here I was seeing real changes in my muscles like never before.

These classes at The Barre Code hit every inch of your body. Each 50 minute class is split up into upper body, core, thighs, and glutes, but in a different way every time. Also, they have a few different kinds of classes. There’s the classic Barre Code class, a TBC (total body conditioning) class, a HIIT (high intensity interval training) class, and Restore classes which have 30 minutes of work and 20 minutes of stretching afterward. So, unlike some studios, if you’re really into the cardio you can still get that by going to the HIIT and TBC classes! They are super tough, but everyone in there is sucking wind with you and no one is there to judge. Also, the accomplished feeling you have when you’re done is like no other.

The Barre Code also does amazing campaigns throughout their community that really focus on loving yourself and being positive about wherever you are in your fitness journey. I recently did a post on Instagram for their #barrecodelove campaign which was all about loving your body, whether it was a flaw you were embracing or a new awesome muscle you never had before. That kind of positive message is so essential in my opinion because fitness can be such a personal and difficult thing, so having women around you who are rooting for you makes it so much easier to get up at 6am for class.

I chose to partner with The Barre Code studio in Austin because of all these reasons! I get excited about going to workout and actually feel bummed when I can’t make it to a class every day, and I love that! It’s something I’ve never experienced before. If you’re in Austin, definitely give them a try to see if you’ll love it as much as I do. Gimme a shout, maybe we can go together 😉

Photos by: Carlos Barrón Photography

How to Rock Casual Game Day Style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Atlanta falcons super bowl football gamed outfit nordstrom leather jacket ripped jeans and wedges | By, Hilary Rose | Game day style

Jacket | Jeans | Wedges | Bag | Tee | Necklace | Sunnies

 As a Southern girl and football lover, going to football games has always been a part of my life. I always went to my high school games, then tried to never miss a game in college if I could help it (even though UT wasn’t having their best years when I was there), and now I make it to games whenever I can. The tailgating atmosphere on game day is totally my happy place, and even though I didn’t make it to the Super Bowl (cuz, well you know $), and the Patriots won, I had fun dressing up for this shoot in my Falcons colors! I was born in Georgia and lived there for 6 years before moving all around the South, and my mom was an Atlanta Falcons cheerleader back in the 80’s, so obviously I was rooting for them!

I know the season’s over, but I wanted to share my game day style tips because I think they definitely translate to any other sport. So, if you’re planning on hitting up and baseball or basketball games soon, here are my tips for rocking your game day style.

Wear your team colors:

Because, duh! You’ve gotta support your team and it’s so fun to be a part of a huge sea of fans who are all there for the same reason. Have you ever been to or seen footage from the UT/OU Red River Rivalry stadium? There’s a clear line of burnt orange and crimson fans that looks so cool when the seats are all filled. One of the most fun ways to dress up this Super Bowl look was to add the red sunnies!

Dress for the weather:

Seems simple enough, but I have been to so many games where I was trying to not ruin my outfit and left the jacket behind for a cold game and was miserable. Layers are key when it’s chillier, shades are a must-have for sunny day games and tailgating, and just buy that dang $5 plastic poncho if it’s raining. You will look sillier and have way less fun soaking wet than you would in a nice, dry poncho.

Keep it practical:

Odds are, you’re in for a long day, so being comfy is crucial. I wouldn’t normally recommend anything with a heel other than cowboy boots for a game, but these wedges are the most comfortable shoes ever.    Also, think about the entire day’s situation when you pick out your outfit. If you’re going to be outside and it’s supposed to be windy, maybe opt for shorts instead of a dress. If you’re going to partaking in the traditional tailgating foods and beverages (aka tacos and beer if you’re in Texas) maybe choose a swingy top or dress and leave that form-fitting tank at home. Also, check the stadiums restrictions! Some won’t let you bring bags over a certain size, so it’s important to make sure your bag will be allowed in! This Hammett bag is just the right size.

Photos by: Effjay Photography