Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sweat & Sip: Sip & Bootybarre at Aspire Total Fitness

What: Sip
Where: 2210 NE Alberta St & 3029 SE 21st Ave 
Honeys Heart: Cute little seating area

I know, I know this is all backwards. Sweat & Sip was all about working out and earning that happy hour cocktail, but class times and locations aren't always conducive to this and it turns out when you exercise a lot sometimes different sips sound really good. In this case we were headed to a 7pm Bootybarre class at Aspire Total Fitness after an appointment with Katie's wedding florist (less than a month out!) and we needed something to tide us over.

Sip (how perfectly named) has two locations. We headed over to their Alberta cart to sit in the sun for a few minutes before our drive to the fitness studio.

Katie ordered the Greensicle ($5.50 16oz) smoothie packed with kale, spinach, banana, fresh OJ, vanilla, dates, and ice, while I went with a The Sweet Green ($7 160z) juice with apple, kale, parsley, celery, cucumber, lemon, and ginger.

Here's the deal.

Pros: Healthy, refreshing, no full tummy before working out.

Cons: $7. I know local and organic can be expensive and she essentially juiced a salad into a cup, but juice doesn't stick with you the same way solid food might and the price is just a bit hard to swallow (pun intended). Shaking the juice with ice would have been a nice addition to cool it down for the hot day too.

We also hit up Greenleaf in the Pearl on occasion for options like this granola bowl with fruit on top for $6.50, and that just seems a bit more doable (and filling) than a $7 juice.

Are we a fans of fresh juices? Yes! Sip is cute and the juice was good, it's just a bit on the spendy side. As long as you're expecting that, you're good to go!

And a word to the wise: don't take a sip of your leftover juice when you get out of your workout class and it's been sitting in a hot car for an hour and a half. Katie learned that the hard way.

What: Bootybarre at Aspire Total Fitness Studio
Where: 14210 SE Sunnyside Road, Suite 600, Happy Valley
Honeys Heart: Everything Bootybarre! 

Revocycle was the first Sweat & Sip that we returned to (we've been back 4 times so far), but Bootybarre marks the second return class. Since this initial visit together, we've gone back at least 3 times and have plans for more- especially since Aspire recently become a sponsor of Katie's dance team!

Katie was introduced to Aspire Total Fitness' Bootybarre class by our friend Allie, who Katie danced with in college. Katie was so impressed by it that we had to make it our next installment of the Sweat & Sip series.

We've both tried Barre3 in the Pearl and while there are aspects of those classes I like (proximity to my apartment being one of them...), this barre version is a bit more dance centric and the tempo of the class is faster and more varied, which I appreciate! Katie also mentioned that since the moves are rooted in ballet (feet in first position!), it's a great way for her to build up the muscles that she uses for dancing in a way that her body is used to.

Since listing pros and cons is fun, here it goes.

Pros: So many! Full-body workout, great teacher, fun moves, challenging, and disco lights (in the evening class).

Cons: It's a bit of a drive (from us, not if you live in Happy Valley...)

Here's the official description:
"A sexy, energetic, fun workout that fuses fitness techniques from Dance, Pilates and Yoga, that will tone, define and chisel the whole body. And get this …you don't even need any dance experience! The bootybarre® method is the perfect combination of strength and flexibility with added cardio to burn fat fast. Barre workouts have also become a popular choice with many celebrities!"

The class is taught by Mackenzie who grew up in Clackamas and went to PLU to receive her Bachelors in Health and Fitness Promotion. She's energetic, and encourages you to have fun, while working your toosh off. We recommend you get your booty to this class ASAP!

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