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I recently received the Barre3 Total Body Lift Workout DVD.

You can see a one minute sneak peak here.

Barre3 Total Body Lift Workout DVD

Or check out the 3 minute video on their site

The Barre3 style of workout combines three disciplines: ballet barre work, yoga, and Pilates.

Barre3 Total Body Lift Workout DVD

The promised results include long lean muscles, postural benefits, and an overall shaping and lifting of the entire body.

Barre3 Total Body Lift Workout DVDMy overall verdict: I liked it a lot!

After being a yoga teacher for a decade, being a student in many Pilates classes, as well as trying so many different types of workouts and fitness regimes over the years, it’s always fun to try something new and unique.

The pros: nice music, the ease of working out at home when it’s convenient for you, and the method focuses on slower-paced movements which really made me focus on what I was doing.  I could really “feel the burn” as my muscles were being worked more slowly and controlled, rather than just plowing through things with poor form, too rapidly, or on autopilot.

And of course, yoga is and has been a huge part of my life and life path and so anything that incorporates yoga is a winner for me.

The cons: Obviously this workout was fine and fun, but of course, I need to do other things, too.  We all need to mix it up, right! So it’s not really a con specific to Barre3, but I would never box myself into just one style of workout, or one type of DVD, forever.

I need to mix up my workouts.   Plus, I love the feeling of just running.

I will always love running, simply for the sake of running, while being outside in the fresh air.

palm trees

Where I can run past flowers on the way to festivals.

pink flowers

And I can observe all of nature’s glory on my path.

yellow flowers

Where ever that running path may be.

the beach
I will always prefer fresh air workouts to indoor workouts.

Aruba beachHot, humid, freezing cold, snowing, raining, I don’t care.  I would still rather run outside than be inside!  But that’s just me.  Call me crazy. And some have when I used to run in freezing cold midwest winters!  Or scorching heat.  I just love working out outside.

Switching gears a bit…I want to thank everyone, again, who wished me a happy birthday over the past few days.  Either on my last post, on my personal Facebook page, my blog Facebook Page, on Twitter,  in text messages, in voicemails, and on email.  Whew.  I was blown away by the love, support, and friendship I felt. You all made my day.  Not kidding!  And thank you!

And thank you for your concern for me being sickOn my birthday no less. Ugh. The razor blades in my throat and fever continue but there is not time to just lay around.   I have work to do, Skylar to watch, and Vegan Fudge to eat.

It’s no-bake, vegan, gluten free, does not taste “healthy”, and in 10 mintues, you can get your fudge on.

Vegan Fudge
Vegan Fudge


1. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I had a fun day at the farmer’s market taking pictures!  Thanks for the compliments on the images I posted so far, but I have tons more I am going to post.

And eating No Bake Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting was the best thing I ate, hands down.

No Bake Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting stacked on white plate

2. Have you tried any workout DVD’s or new-to-you style of workouts lately?  Thoughts on them?  Or have you changed what kind of workouts you’ve been doing?

I recently reviewed 3 Yoga DVD’s here

And have posted about how I Quit The Gym

I’ve mentioned that I’ve streamlined my daily workouts to be 20 minutes of Cardio + 20 minutes of at home yoga/Pilates/weightlifting moves = 40 mins daily

I also posted about Fitness Experiments – What I’ve Tried, What’s Worked, What Next which details my fitness show/competition, yoga, running, weightlifting, core work, and how I balance what I do.

3. Would you like to try the Barre3 workout?  Or have you?  Any other workouts that pique your interest?

I never jumped on the Insanity, TurboFire, P90X, or Zumba bandwagons.  But I’ve been tempted!

Have a great start to your week and if you’re just catching up on posts, here are mine since Friday:


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  1. I hadn’t heard of that workout DVD until now, but I do want to try P90X – I heard it is inane!

  2. Your flower pictures always astound me! They are so beautiful!!

    I like the idea of mixing things up, but I definitely find myself in workout ruts. I find one thing I like and then I want to do it all the time. I have to conciously remind myself that there are other things in life, lol.

  3. Hello Averie and Averie’s readers,

    I’m Amy from barre3. Wanted to let you all know we are working on a studio in San Diego for you! We are a franchise business model, so finding the right person/people to run the studio is everything to us. Hope to have something to announce to you later this year if the stars align!

    Thanks for all of your positive feedback!

  4. Hm, the best thing I ate this weekend was def the veggie lasagna my dad made… He’s a great cook, really creative.

    I don’t have any work-out dvd’s, but if I find some that are interesting, I would definitely buy it. I just can’t find any around that are really appealing to me..

  5. SAw a recipe of yours reposted on a recipe website which Linked to Your Blog which Rocks. Love what you have created. Namaste

    1. Thanks for the compliments. Do you remember which site reposted it? That has me curious, too! :)

  6. i’ve been looking for a little workout change-up too! i’ve been thinkin of ordering insanity but i’m not sure where i can do it without bringing down my house hahaha

    anyways glad you had such an awesome birthday you only deserve to have the most beautiful day ever. and i keep meaning to tell you and i’m not sure if i did yet but skylar is getting SO old!!!! it’s so weird and amazing to like literally see her get older and more beautiful just over the blog :)

  7. I’ve heard of this barre method!! My mom is currently using Tracy Anderson’s “metamorphosis” and says it’s QUITE hard!!

    overall, i prefer weight training :D

  8. Ok, I am de-lurking…ha ha!! Love your blog…you always have great advice and recipes!! Just wanted to say thanks for always “keeping it real”!!