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Body Conceptions & What’s Your Motivation

  • June 12, 2013
  • By Brittany
Body Conceptions & What’s Your Motivation

Hi all!  Recently in my New and Notable segment, I posted about Lole sponsoring free outdoor fitness events during the summer on Pier 25.  Well, last night, despite threats of thunderstorms, I headed out to check out the scene.

Not a bad view for a workout, right?

On the schedule for the evening was Body Conceptions by Mari.  I had heard about her classes but she does mostly private clients so I didn’t think I would get an opportunity to try her out.  Well, imagine by excitement when I saw her on the Lole schedule for a *FREE* class!  (On a side note, how cute are the Lole clothes?  I recommended some before here but I’m going to have to revisit their current collection!).

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Mari is a former Tracy Anderson instructor and former creative director at Flybarre (which I know and love!).  I could definitely see the influence from Flybarre in some of the toning moves, especially the leg segment, which had my thighs burning.  The arms were a little reminiscent of Tracy Anderson’s program.


I absolutely loved the first 15 or so minutes of class, which was the cardio portion.  Mari’s moves are danced based but it was not a dance cardio class.  We did things like running in place, jumping jacks, heel digs but with a little bit more dance flair. 🙂  I was so sad when this portion of the class ended because it was so high energy and fun.  It was like a little teaser!  I wanted more!


Not to worry, we moved on to some amazing toning work for our arms, legs, bottom and abs.  My buns were literally screaming and my abs were absolutely burning (pun intended).  I loved how Mari’s toning moves all had a sort of dance-like quality to them but they were still really tough.  One of Mari’s instructors, Marissa, was walking around to ensure proper form and technique, which was helpful.


At the end we had a little groove out session before stretching where we got to sort of just dance around and let loose.  Another favorite part of the class for me!  I have to say, it was so incredibly motivating to be exercising outdoors with great weather, beautiful scenery, a great instructor and a group of other fitness enthusiasts!

Which brings me to my second topic for today, which is what motivates you to workout?  I so often hear people say “I don’t have the time,” “I’m too tired,” or “I can’t afford a gym,” which to me, seems like code for I really haven’t found my motivation.  I think fitness, as with anything in life, is something you have to prioritize.  But my question is, what is it that makes you want it to be a priority?  We all know that exercise and healthy living is necessary for avoiding illness and disease, living longer and generally living happier and healthier lives, yet it is rarely this information that forces people off the couch and into the gym.

Personally, I feel motivated to hit the gym for a few reasons.  First of all, I actually enjoy the way I feel when I work out.  Don’t get me wrong, when I’m huffing and puffing in a spin class or doing what feels like my millionth burpee, I might not actually love how I’m feeling in that exact second, but generally I feel great during my workout and afterwards.  There is nothing better than completing a really tough workout and knowing you gave it your all.  But even if my workout isn’t super strenuous, I still enjoy the feeling of working out.  I love to dance and so any dance cardio workout is going to make me feel great.  I also love how relaxing yoga can be.  In short, no matter the form of exercise, I genuinely like the feeling I get when I workout.  As a very wise blonde (fake) lawyer once said, “Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  Happy people don’t shoot their husbands.”  Er, all applicable except for the last part.

Second, I actually enjoy my workouts and being active in general.  If you don’t like something, you are not going to want to do it.  It’s that simple.  So the key to exercise motivation, IMO, is finding something you like.  I love Zumba, biking, playing tennis, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, barre classes and the list goes on and on.  But when I say I *love* these activities, I truly mean it!  I enjoy spending my time on these activities.

Third, I have to report to you all!  There is nothing more motivating than potential humiliation, am I right?  But seriously, this blog keeps me accountable.  I report to you, my readers, on all the latest and greatest fitness classes, DVDs, trends, etc. in my posts AND I keep a daily workout log.  It’s really hard to slack off when the world is watching.  Maybe you don’t want to publicly enshrine your workout schedule, but having someone else hold you accountable can be very helpful!

Readers, what motivates you to workout?


By Brittany, June 12, 2013
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  • Kasey Bandy Shuler (@wellofhealth)
    June 13, 2013

    That looks like a really fun workout! It really depends what motivates me. I generally just enjoy exercise because it has been a normal part of my life (since my mom is a personal trainer too), but then there are those days where I just want to read my book on the elliptical, listen to my new running playlist, or just get out some pent-up energy! Either way, I never regret a workout!

    • FitBritt
      June 13, 2013

      “I never regret a workout!” So true and well said! I’ll have to remember that next time I feel like slacking off!

  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry
    July 28, 2014

    Brittany, what a fun workout and the area and view are amaze. It looks like a nice cool afternoon also. I am motivated by my love for running and every time I have a race coming up. That keeps me going 🙂

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