Barrecore – 8 Week Update

Barrecore Leeds review update progress

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I’ve been meaning to do a 4 week update but life got in the way so here’s an 8 week one instead.

Those who follow me on Twitter knows that I love a Barrecore class and am clearly hooked. I attend 4 classes a week and am currently on my 10th week. Legs shaking is still a weird sensation and would never have thought it was possible for abs to shake too. My 8th week was ticked off just before the Christmas shenanigans had started. Brilliant timing. So, have I seen any improvements?

– The peach is definitely more lifted. I’m filling out those skinny jeans more, less of those jean creases at the bottom of the butt. Even my mum had noticed there’s more junk in the trunk now. I had started noticing a lift after 2 weeks of classes and it just gets better.
Stronger for sure! I came in with a weak upper body and I’ve noticed a difference. I couldn’t even do a push up on my knees properly. Now I’m working on doing full-stretched push-ups in single counts rather than at a slow pace. I also went from doing all sorts of planks on my knees to a full stretched. Legs look toner and I love the look of them. As a regular, the instructors could also see how much stronger I have become. *insert flex arm emoji*
– It’s the only class that makes me push myself by challenging me mentally. I’m always fighting the “I can’t” thoughts with “I will/can”, along with pulling the most ridiculous facial expressions. It’s a wonderful feeling when you can do something you couldn’t do a couple of weeks ago. You strive for progress and your mind-set changes for the better. The instructors are definitely motivating and are a lovely bunch!
– I’m starting to feel better about my body and myself. Those who follow my blog would know that I’ve been struggling and fighting the whole body image issue for over 10 years now. The way I view myself and that mentality, it’s changed and improved for the better. I don’t feel like breaking down over my body or if a clothing item doesn’t fit right. I’m starting to feel comfortable in my own skin. Now that’s a very big achievement.
– Clothes fit differently now, a bit looser and better in some places. I don’t own a scale or a tape measurer as they’re the devil, but can see the waist cinching in that little bit more. I’ve still got a bit more fat to burn to get better definition in the stomach area, but it also requires better eating habits. That cheesecake I had at lunch today isn’t doing me any justice (it was delicious though).
– My posture has improved. I’ve lost count at how many times I’ve had to be corrected during class whether I’m working the legs or abs. From tense, slouched shoulders to relaxed and rolled back. Whenever I reset back into a move, I always think, roll back and relax. I don’t slouch when I walk now. But I must admit, I still slouch at work but I’m trying to change that.
– I’m getting my splits back! I’ve always been plagued with injures whilst growing up so have naturally lost quite a bit of flexibility in my legs. Now, I’m probably about an inch off the ground for both legs. My left leg has always been more flexible so I definitely will be getting the left split first. Then I’ll be working on the right split to satisfy my symmetry OCD, and will aim for those dreamy standing splits afterwards. Yes to increased flexibility!
Edit: A week after this post went up, I got my splits back and am working on my oversplits and standing splits. Oh hell yeah!

Phew. Reading this back now, I’m pretty impressed with the progress I’ve made and can’t wait to see what 12 plus weeks is going to be like.

Would I recommend this? Oh hell yeah! Apart from the above points, it’s the only workout that makes me do upper body and ab exercises properly without feeling bored or demotivated.

Have you found something you love?

31 Comments

  1. Michelle Twin Mum
    10th January 2017 / 11:58 pm

    Wow, it sounds like you've made fantastic progress and if that image is anything to go by it looks super scary!

  2. Michelle / Daisybutter
    11th January 2017 / 12:32 am

    Dayum girl, you're making me even more excited to start my classes next week!

  3. MissPond
    11th January 2017 / 8:12 am

    Sounds like it's a great class, I wish there was one near me. I've wanted to try it for ages!

  4. Jen Robertson-Peverley
    11th January 2017 / 9:36 am

    Sounds like a really successful plan to follow.
    I'm so out of shape myself, I'm not even sure what shape I'm supposed to be. I could do with joining a class or some do something.

  5. Hannah Latoya Bond
    11th January 2017 / 9:43 am

    Sounds like you are doing great, I've never heard of this fitness class. keep up the good work

  6. Milly Youngman
    11th January 2017 / 9:57 am

    This sounds like a really good workout – I'm always looking for new ways to exercise and it sounds like the results of this are impressive – would love to be able to do the splits again!

  7. Mumofsix
    11th January 2017 / 10:03 am

    I have never heard of this exercise before something I definitely need to read up on, but well done you awesome achievements

  8. Stephanie Merry
    11th January 2017 / 10:08 am

    Sounds like you're doing great – for me boxing is my workout of choice x

  9. Abigail Porter
    11th January 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I love the progress you're making! I'm also in love with how positive this post sounds! I'm glad you're starting to feel better about yourself! x

  10. beautyqueenuk
    11th January 2017 / 4:15 pm

    Wow you have made some amazing progress and it sounds as though you have found something that really get's not just results but you x

  11. Deborah Nicholas
    11th January 2017 / 6:27 pm

    That sounds like an amazing class – shame there is nothing like that near me! It might get me working out again!

  12. ana de jesus
    11th January 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Well done, I certainly would love a bigger peach and some actual abs so maybe barrecore is the class for me?

  13. Anosa Malanga
    11th January 2017 / 8:57 pm

    Super well done to to you for continuing. I have body balance and fitness yoga which I am loving and I am always motivated to push myself further in those classes.

  14. Rhian Westbury
    12th January 2017 / 9:11 am

    Wow that's a lot of changes in 8 weeks. I might need to see if anywhere near me does these classes x

  15. Melissa Major
    12th January 2017 / 11:24 am

    Sounds like such brilliant progress for 8 weeks, I think I need to look for these classes

  16. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    12th January 2017 / 12:21 pm

    I've never heard of this before, but it does sound interesting and seems to be working so well for you.

  17. Harriet from Toby & Roo
    12th January 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Oohh I've never heard of this before either – sounds really cool!

  18. Dannii Martin
    13th January 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Yay for more junk in the trunk. It sounds like your hard work is paying off.

  19. Jason P.
    14th January 2017 / 7:04 am

    This seems like such an awesome fitness routine! Congrats on the wonderful results 😀

  20. Amelia Larsen
    14th January 2017 / 9:17 am

    You've made amazing progress! I've heard about barrecore and it sounds amazing but there's no classes near me.

  21. Fred Hawson
    14th January 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I have not heard a local gym advertise this technique yet. Interesting. Is this only for females or do males do this too?

  22. RainbowDiaries Singapore
    14th January 2017 / 2:30 pm

    It's great that you are loving what you are doing for healthier you. I must take up something like this in 2017 too.

  23. Bhushavali N
    14th January 2017 / 3:50 pm

    Good to know. You look fit and your posture looks great. Good to know you are enjoying it. best wishes for a very healthy 2017.

  24. We're going on an adventure
    14th January 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Wow it really does sound like you've caught the bug for it! I have yet to find something which catches me like that!

  25. 14th January 2017 / 10:01 pm

    Legs and abs shakes?! Fair play to you. You have such commitment keeping to 4 classes per week!

  26. 15th January 2017 / 2:14 am

    Woow look at that posture. I say barrecore is hardcore.

  27. Franc
    15th January 2017 / 1:44 pm

    That's really nice that your posture has improved. You've gone a long way.

  28. Tiffany Yong W.T.
    16th January 2017 / 6:18 am

    It's interesting how I am able to follow through your text-filled article when I'm personally someone who prefers a combination of both images and words. Thanks for sharing your barrecore workout

  29. 16th January 2017 / 11:34 am

    Wow what a fabulous post! I have not heard of this class before but sounds fantastic. I used to have great flexibility but its all gone to pot! Keep up the good work x

  30. 16th January 2017 / 5:41 pm

    This is the first time that I heard about this exercise and so interesting to me.

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