Top 3

3. 25 Is Quickly Approaching
Um, I’m 100% not ready to be 25 years old. I can’t even clean out my coffee mug at the end of the day; how am I supposed to be a real person? With this new found knowledge that my birthday is in less than 3 weeks, I’ve decided that I want to attempt to get my shit (semi) together. I made a budget. WHAT?! Adult life, hello! I even looked at apartments and I’ve totally got this down. The one thing I’m missing is a job. Casual. I’m working on it, ok? Get off my back.

2. Barre3
Ok, so techincally it’s been 2 weeks since my last class; I’ve been busy. But I get points for buying a pilates ball and light weights to use at home. Anyway, these classes are Hell on Earth in the best way possible. Barre3 (a company founded by Sadie Lincoln) is a combination of Barre (ballet), pilates and yoga and gives you a killer overall body workout.

With Sadie’s method, the first 30ish minutes of the class is cardio-based and actually makes you want to die. I cursed my nutritionist the whole time for suggesting I take this class. But the last 30 minutes were actually quite delightful, in a painful, my-ass-may-fall-off kind of way. It’s more pilates based, which means the moves are more concentrated and slow and you do a million reps using only your body weight (or light 1-3lb weights for arm work). Still death-based, but a nice cool down from the cardio.

Overall, these classes kick ass. Madonna goes to them, so you know they have to be good. To find a studio near you, check here. Can’t find one? Sadie also offers classes online to do at your own discretion so you can sweat peacefully from the comfort of your home.

1. ELITE DAILY PUBLISHED MY ARTICLES!
Literally can’t even belive life right now. I know it’s like not that big of a deal, but shut your face because I think it is! So far Elite has published 2 of my articles (here and here) as of July 10, and I can only hope they continue to do so. Also, they denied one of my articles and I was really happy about it because I didn’t think it was very well written when I sent it in, and now I know that they don’t just accept whatever is sent to them. My second article got 7k shares and I’m so happy because 7,000 people liked my article enough to share it with their friends. Someone even posted a “rude” comment, so like, I also have haters. I’m loving every second of this…

I also post each of my articles (published or not) on my other blog (which I changed the name/url to) at Stop Irritating Me.

Pilates

I’m sure you’ve all seen the numerous People and US magazine articles on Miley Cyrus’ rocking bod (unless you live under a rock).  Miley attributes her new kick-ass shape to her almost-daily pilates regimen.  If you ask me, she’s just being Miley.

So I’m not the biggest gym rat out there.  I’ve had my moments were I go everyday like a maniac and all I think about is when the next time is that I can squeeze in a good run.  Then I go through periods where I’m pretty sure I actually forget where the gym is located (true story, I drove past it once).  However, being that I spent about 90% of the summer doing absolutely nothing in terms of exercise (unless you count walking around the mall), I figured I should give my body a little tune up.  I have been waking up unusually early ever since I started getting back into my working grind, and weekends are no exception.  I found myself this past Saturday, awake and ready to go at 8am.  “Where” I was going wasn’t exactly clear, but my body didn’t care.  After meandering about, eating breakfast and realizing that nothing was on t.v., I randomly felt compelled to check LA Fitness’ class schedule (ps. LA Fitness is the douchiest of all the gyms).  Lo and behold, there was a pilates class at 11Am that had my name on it.

I took a “pilates” class in my last semester of college and I enjoyed it, even though I only went to 6 classes.  Mind you, I put the word pilates in parenthesis because it was about 10x easier than any other class I’ve taken, and the reason I only went to 6 classes was because my instructor cancelled over half of them due to some mysterious “accidents.”

What is Pilates ?

This is a question my mother asks me every time I mention the word, even though I’ve told her about 15 times.  First of all, it is a a word that will never be recognized by any spell check, so just get used to the demon, squiggly red line.  Besides that, pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on pelvic alignment and is meant to lengthen and strengthen your muscles, while promoting flexibility.  I like to compare it to yoga, just more intense and painful the next day.  It’s not too fast-paced and it really is a great stretch for your muscles.

Also, it’s almost exclusively done on the beach, while wearing tight and reveling clothing, and of course with perfect hair and makeup.

On The Realz

Yes, that statement must always end with a “z.”  Pilates is a great workout and there are plenty of gyms who have classes so you can get involved.  There are also numerous youtube channels like Blogilates, which has 50+ informative videos.  This channel was created by Cassey Ho, who is a fitness instructor and pilates guru.  Her blog, Blogilates.com is also a great place for tips, videos, healthy recipes and even workout gear, which she has her own line of.  Even if the gym is your enemy or you’re a snobby workout enthusiast, pilates should definitely have a spot on your exercise schedule so you can hurt as much as I do  now (3 days later).