Hey there lovely friends! How was your weekend? Usually I don't like the weekends very much. But this weekend was pretty interesting and good! New experiences, new friends, sunny and warm, plus productive yet relaxing. This calls for a Power Monday post! What better way to start off the week with some motivation than a new workout and a giveaway?
I'm a Her Campus Blogger Network premier blogger (HCBN is a curated network of blogs written by women ages 13-30+ on fashion, beauty, cooking, fitness, design, lifestyle, and more.) and we created regional groups recently to get to know each other better. I'm part of the VA/MD/DC group and we put together our first meet-up last Saturday at Barre Tech in Arlington, VA! Barre Tech is "a line up of high-energy classes featuring the best of ballet barre-work, core work, and gentle yoga moves to tone and lengthen the body. Using small, controlled movement to sculpt the abs, arms, glutes, and thighs by targeting their stabilization muscles, which really tighten and tone." We had a complimentary class taught by the lovely Marisa.
(Marisa and I)
For me, Barre classes are a tad reminiscent of my dance years, but I still find the workout kind of "boring." It's quick and repetitive, but you still have to really focus your mind on the movements to keep from getting lost. We started with a warm-up (think plank series, push-ups, arm exercises in plie with light weights), then moved to the barre for legs (I did feel it in my outer thighs and butt afterwards!), core at the barre, back on our mats for more core and back work, and then a quick stretch to cool down. It was a nice low-impact workout that really targets the inner muscles, but not really my cup of tea. A little to boring, and not challenging enough to keep me interested, but I felt the same way I did during my first barre experience. It is fun to do once in a while, so I'll take it if the opportunity ever arises again!
The best part was meeting 4 new lovely ladies! Two are current GWU students (Corinne and Dezzie), one is graduate of Mount St. Mary's in VA (Dahlia), and our leader Alicia! And we got Barre socks and swag bags with goodies from Lulu, Kind, and South Moon. Sweetgreen and South Block Juice Co. had snacks for us afterwards (all the salads weren't safe for me though 🙁 sad). Totally a fun day all-around though! (And another successful Metro trip!)
And now for the giveaway! I reviewed TASC Performance athletic clothes a few months ago and really love the company. This time they sent me a colder weather workout outfit to try! You can see I am wearing the NOLA Leggings in the above Barre photos. They were so comfy, a second skin as the tag says. Full coverage and they stay perfectly in place. I loved them! They also sent me the Aspire LS, which I am wearing below. I think my favorite part about this shirt is the thumb-holes! How doesn't love thumb-holes? I don;t own any long-sleeve workout gear so this was perfect. Made with the same comfy material, breathable, simple, and cute! Just what I like. Of course all of these clothes are made with TASC's bamboo technology, so they are automatically awesome and above the average workout attire.
You could win this same outfit by entering my giveaway below! TASC is my favorite brand of athletic clothes, so I really hope you enter and win or buy something yourself and give it a try! You will not be disappointed by the quality, feel, or fit. You can also still use my discount code: SANDS, for a 25% off discount on any purchase from their store!
So it you want this snazzy outfit, enter with the rafflecopter widget below! Giveaway will be open until Friday and I will contact the winner directly by email!
So tell me:
+ What's your go-to cold weather workout attire?
+ What's the latest new fitness class you've tried out?
Happy Power Monday my friends! Have a great start to the week! (I'm talking about cold weather outfits here, but the weather says it will be 80° here in DC tomorrow? Crazy, but I'll take it!)
**TASC Performance sent me the NOLA Leggings and Aspire LS to try out and are providing my readers with the same outfit as a giveaway. All opinions are my honest own and I 100% stand behind TASC!**
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