Wow! So after a bit of a stupid start to my Sunday... As in barely sleeping absolutely adamant that it was the day of the Cheltenham half marathon and my morning was going to be a car nightmare, only to find out I'd got the wrong week, I was feeling rather sleep deprived having only snagged three precious hours of the shut eye, head of pillow, snoring stuff. But, after a quick dash after a morning teaching in Oxfordshire to Wholefoods Cheltenham for the Barre & Healthy Bake Event, it was just totally worth it - I had sooooo much fun. The gaggle of girlies who attended were just so gorgeous, so game for my Lottification of Barre, and so we burnt our butts off to an 80s themed playlist, with gorgeous sunshine framing our workout.
For those of you not in the know, barre is the workout where it's at. I like to combine some traditional elements of ballet, with a cardio warm through which creeps up in various parts of the class to ensure we get rid of that pesky lactic acid burn. Then, oh god then, there's the squidgy ball work, the hideous pulsing squats and thigh squeezes that hone and tone those legs like nobody's business. I mean seriously have you seen ballerina's legs... They are hot stuff! It's guaranteed to get those legs shaking but the results make it a sort of tortuous pleasure! There is also an arm element to sculpt every muscle in your upper body so we leave no stone upturned. Finally, the killer ab section to get your midsection on fire and whittle down that waist.
In the masterclass we also had a gorgeous stretch through of those tired muscles to help prevent DOMS, delayed onset of muscle soreness, and a technique section to check the tracking of the limbs and really focus on learning our own body's strengths and weaknesses.
Next, we were lucky enough to have a sumptuous cooking demonstration from the lovely Katie Chapman from Neals Yard Organics, who demonstrated a mint green coloured pesto, packed with nutritious nuts such as Pine Nuts and Brazil Nuts. A healthy smoothie with plenty of Spinach, Avocado and Neals Yard Organics green superfood supplement, and finally some rather delicious little savoury muffins. Everything had a green theme, so I've decided she is our very own "green food goddess."
This really set us up to feel rather saintly before our fall from grace with the yumtastic treats kindly provided by Boston Tea Party. so what are we talking here.... Gluten-free gooey Chocolate Brownies, Vegan Hayley Hippy Nut Bar packed with Apricots, Pumpkin seeds and Oats, and finally my personal favourites Scrumbles, a kind of jammy, crumbly, sponges thing topped with flaked Almonds, Pistachios and Hazelnuts!
And the icing on the cake? Well the goody bags kindly provided by Wholefoods Cheltenham full of yummy treats and skin samples and even a magazine so the lovely attendees could go home, pop on the kettle on and settle down to a good old read of some gossip! Whilst some small people were hopefully sufficiently worn out and ready for bed!
If this appeals to you, if you came and want to come again, get in touch to reserve your place for just £22. The next event will be held November 20th 3-5pm on a Sunday. I can't wait to do it all again, but this time with a Christmassy theme If you want a ticket please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.