I love The Bar Method but have been curious as to how many calories a class actually burns since I started going regularly. After two months of being on hold, my Bar Method membership started back up again on Monday and I was equipped with a new heart rate monitor. I was eager to see what the calorie burn was going to be.
My new apartment is about a mile from class so I jogged over slowly. During the class, I kept an eye on my heart rate (hr). Most of the time it was around the “fat burning” zone. During the standing glute series, my hr hovered around 140 bpm (72% of my max hr). In the end, I burned a total of 519 calories including my 1 mile slow jog, 1 hour of Bar, and a walk-jog home. If you want to try The Bar Method in Boston for $10, just use my promo code SarahFit1 (it’s 50% off). You can try 1 month unlimited like me too for $100 use SarahFit2 (it’s 20% off the website listing price). Get the coupon directions here.
I was shocked at how high this number was! During The Bar Method, you don’t really sweat all that much which creates this illusion that you are not burning a ton of calories despite shaking legs and maxing out most muscle groups. After my month unlimited in July, I stopped my regular strength training and gave my body a little break. I kept up with my cardio and the occasional Nike Training Club workout and lost 5 lbs. I also didn’t have my own apartment and was terribly stressed.
It makes no sense to me but hey, it happened. I couldn’t help but wonder if it was the lifestyle change, or the fact that I was “in the fat burning zone” during most of my bar classes and lost body fat unknowingly.
After class, I dug into my ExpoEast goodies and decided on a Vega Energizing Smoothie is Tropical Tango. I added 1 cup of almond milk, 4 ice cubes and 1/2 a banana. It tasted great but I was still a little hungry so I had a handful of almonds as well.
The Vega products are my favorite line when it comes to supplements, protein powder and workout supplements. They are 100% vegan, dairy, gluten and soy free. Best of all, they use stevia to sweeten! While I do not follow any specific diet other than attempting to eat clean, it’s nice to know that even the healthiest products do taste good!
**POLL & opportunity to get a goodie bag filled with healthy goodies!**
I need you help. I’d doing a survey of what schools do the best job when it comes to offering students healthy alternatives at the dining hall. If you are a college student or recent grad, I’d love to hear what your school did or did not offer when it comes to healthier options.
As an incentive, I am going to randomly choose a response to receive an awesome package of cookbooks, healthy books, dvds and workout clothing/accessories like tops and bags. Basically I have an overflow at the new apartment and am giving it away.