This morning, I stopped into Whole Foods for a fresh juice made of cucumber, celery, beet, ginger, kale and lemon. It was delicious and a perfect little treat for my drive down to Newport for a workout at Equinox.2013 02 07 08 46 30

The Oakley HQ are based down in Orange Country, CA so I made plans to meet up with my buddy Megan who initially invited me to be an ambassador after seeing me Instagram wearing a pair of sunglasses on Runyon Canyon. We decided to try out a Barre Bootcamp class at the Irvine Equinox which used to a Sports Club/LA and still looks exactly like one. 

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The class was the most lotte burke inspired big box gym barre class I have ever taken. There was even a bar attached to one of the mirrors! Arden, the instructor did a great job encouraging and challenging the class. I was sweaty and I think my flutes are going to be sore tomorrow. We started with an arm series including a 10 lb ketllebell upright row with a wide second squat. After a serious but feasible push up series, we moved into trice dips and then went over to the bar. The class wasn’t as structured as a Bar Method class, but I enjoyed the variety and would totally go back if the Equinox in Boston had it. I liked it better than Barre Burn to be honest. It got my heart rate up a bit more but stayed true to the classic barre moves, including back dancing for the last 5 minutes of class. Afterwards, Megan and I headed to the Oakley HQ for a quick tour.


The Oakley employees have access to an incredibly discounted store so I picked up a new pair of prescription glasses and beach cover up that I’ll post next month when I wear it on vacation! Thanks to those of you that helped me pick the right pair on Instagram. You guys chose the ones I liked best too! 

I’m thinking of trying Core Power tomorrow. Have you ever been to a class there? For dinner tonight, my college roomie Cher is taking me to True Foods Cafe. I’m so excited. I didn’t tell her that I’ve already been before but last time, i knew this was a place I needed to visit again, and again, and again. So excited. 

Barre Bootcamp at Equinox in Orange Country

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  • Maria

    Ahh!! Back in CA :) I was a member of CorePower for a long time before I joined my current gym that I am obsessed with! The next time you’re in town you should cruise down to SD for a workout @ Performance360 -- it’s my favorite!! But back to CP, I also loved it -- the YogaSculpt and Yoga-Pilates were my favorite classes! Have a great visit!

  • Roni

    Sarah, you definitely rock those glasses girl! Cute! Cute! Cute! We can see you’re having fun!! Can’t wait to read and see more pics!!

  • Viviana

    That equinox is by my office! I work in those black buildings by Google! Cute glasses!
    I did CP for 7weeks on a groupon (quite expensive otherwise ) and loved it although I feel it’s more of a yoga workout so it doesn’t focus as much on meditation. I also love true foods kitchen! If you are in the Newport area I also suggest greenleaf gourmet chopshop in Costa mesa.

  • Andie

    Which Core Power?!?!? The one on Wilshire is amazing and has a ton of great teachers.. I think the best class depends on the teacher.
    Sculpt is awesome if you have never incorporated weights into your yoga practice. Also yoga pilates if thats available -- grab the black circle!
    C2 is classic and always great. Fast flows. HPF is slower and a lot more holding positions, kind of like a bikram class.

  • Lesley

    Loved reading about the different classes in LA. I need to go out there! I wish the scene around Boston and the suburbs had more of an earthy, healthy feel, but I think we’re getting there. I’ve recently trie barre n9ne studio in Andover, but there’s one in Danvers, too. Loved it :) Legs are still shaking from it!