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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Farmers Market + BarreAmped

  • September 12, 2014
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: Farmers Market + BarreAmped

Hey friends!  So I’m actually on my official babymoon this week.  The Hubs and I are trying to take it easy before the little bundle of joy arrives with his aversion to sleeping and love for crying.  Just kidding!  We are so excited to welcome Baby B in just 10 short weeks!  But we did want a little bit of time for R&R.  So instead of giving you the info on what we ate this week and cool workouts, I’ve changed it up a bit.  Hope you don’t mind!




The farmer’s market has been absolutely glorious recently.  I love visiting during my lunch break on Wednesdays and checking out what is good.  I often times will just buy whatever looks interesting and cool them up at home.  A lot of times you don’t see this kind of variety of produce at your local supermarket.  I don’t know about you, but experimenting kind of makes eating veggies more fun.

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And the fruit… I mean the strawberries just don’t even compare!

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You may remember way back when I rounded up the best prenatal DVDs. Well Suzanne Bowen’s prenatal barre DVD was at the top of my list! You can imagine how thrilled I was when she reached out to me about trying out two of her other DVDs.

Suzanne is founder and creator of BarreAmped, a studio in Nashville. Her method is based on the traditional Lotte Berk barre method. The two DVDs I tried were her BarreAmped Classic and BarreAmped Bootcamp.

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BarreAmped Classic is the perfect DVD for beginners just starting out with barre classes.  Suzanne gives great cues and fully explains form and posture for each move.  Even though this is a great starting point for beginners because it provides the fundamentals, it’s still a great burner for those without experience.  All of a sudden I would realize how much I was feeling the burn!

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The DVD is broken down into six segments: warm up, upper body, thighs, seat, core and stretch. You can combine all the sections for a full workout lasting over an hour or you can pick and choose sections.

The BarreAmped Bootcamp DVD was exactly like it sounds: bootcamp at the barre.  Suzanne paired traditional barre moves with cardio intervals.  My heart really went up in this DVD and I definitely felt the burn!

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The DVD contains  six sections: a warmup, upper body, thigh work, seat work, core and stretch.  The upper body section was really challenging.  I used a combination of 3lb weights and some 5lbs for biceps and overhead presses and man, were my arms tired.  I liked that each section focused on strength, cardio and balancing.

This is definitely a more advanced barre DVD and I would recommend it for someone who has had at least some barre experience. Even though this is a more advanced DVD, Suzanne does offer plenty of cues and modifications to help you build strength and confidence.

Readers, are you a fan of farmer’s markets?  Have you ever tried a barre bootcamp class?  What are you up to this weekend?

By Brittany, September 12, 2014
  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    September 12, 2014

    Hope you’re having a great babymoon!! You know I love my farmer’s markets 🙂 Was at one yesterday and come home with SIX squashes. Mostly for decoration for the apartment though!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    September 12, 2014

    Greece looks gorgeous from your IG pics – no surprise there! You’re always so on top of it with planning posts for when you’re away. Me, I have all of these post ideas and grand plans to write posts on the plane and the few days before I leave….usually doesn’t turn out quite as productive of a flight as I plan for, and the days leading up to travel are always crazy chaotic haha

    Love the farmers market pics! I’m not sure if you were at Blogfest yet, but one of the lectures was on food photography and the girl was saying that you just can’t mess up a produce pic from the farmers market because everything is so bright and pretty… don’t you agree? I don’t think I’ve ever taken a bad picture of produce at the market!

    • FitBritt
      September 16, 2014

      I totally agree that it is impossible to take a bad photo at the farmers market! Everything is so colorful and gorgeous!

      I have to admit that I was not all that prepared! It took us three flights and two airport layovers to get to Greece so I had plenty of time to write some posts up! 🙂

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    September 13, 2014

    I love that you and your husband are getting away for a bit. I also can’t believe you only have 10 weeks left! Wow. Since I’m right in the middle of “newborn baby stuff”, I would definitely tell you to SLEEP as much as you can! Oh, I so miss my sleep. However, I remember it was so tough to sleep really well when I was so pregnant. Blah.

    I LOVE your Farmer’s Market. It is amazing and so beautiful! LOVE!

    • FitBritt
      September 18, 2014

      Oh my gosh! Sleep has been so hard for me. It’s definitely gotten better but if *someone* wakes me up in the middle of the night, I just can’t get back to sleep. I hope that improves otherwise I don’t know what I’m going to do with the baby! 🙂

  • Kim
    September 13, 2014

    Enjoy your little getaway!!!
    We don’t go to the Farmers Market here very often – it is fairly small.
    This weekend we had a cross country meet early this morning in 30 degree temps, a wedding changeover at our venue this afternoon and Chris heads out of the country tomorrow.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    September 14, 2014

    You are so smart to take a baby moon. I took one right before my eldest came and it was the most relaxing and most exciting trip. I hope you have a wonderful time!!

    • FitBritt
      September 18, 2014

      Thanks Nellie! We had a great time and I think it was such a good idea to spend some quality time together before another person enters the picture!

  • Cynthia @ You Signed Up For WHAT?!
    September 15, 2014

    I love barre class and have been wanting to try it at home too since I can only get there once in a while. And that Farmer’s Market food looks amazing!

    • FitBritt
      September 18, 2014

      I love love barre classes too and there are so many great at home options! I was so happy to add the BarreAmped DVDs to my collection!

  • Holly
    September 18, 2014

    How nice you took a babymoon with your Hubs. I am sure you ate well on your trip; yet, if I went to the Farmers’ Market in that you frequent, I would so over-purchase the lovely vegetables.

  • Stephanie
    September 20, 2014

    Love farmers markets! Though I’m loving my CSA even more. Markets can charge a hefty premium for farmers, so I find the prices to be not so great. Our CSA is such a bargain! And it forces me to try things I might not otherwise.

    And, love Suzanne! What a great instructor!

    Enjoy your last weeks with a quiet child! With my first, I scarcely believed he’d ever come out!

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