I have to start by saying that I am so glad Embiria has arrived to provide awesome experiences in Toronto! Saturday’s SWEAT experience at barre3 was really great, and I’m already looking forward to seeing what experiences Embiria has planned for this summer.
SWEAT: The barre3 Class
Our instructor Jen introduced herself to each person who arrived, and explained a little bit about what to expect from the class. As soon as the class started, I knew it was going to be even harder than I imagined.
barre3 classes are a mixture of barre, pilates and yoga. I have zero experience with all 3 of these things, but I was never left standing around wondering how to do anything properly. Jen was great about calling out reminders to ensure our form was good, which was really helpful. At the gym on my own, I’m always wondering whether my form is correct. It was great to have someone to help with that in class.
About 30 minutes into class I looked at the clock, ready to die, and discovered we still had 30 minutes to go. I wish I’d had a lot more water before class! For future classes, I’m definitely going to make sure I’m more hydrated ahead of time. I’ll also be grabbing 1lb weights at my next class! I use the 2lb weights at SoulCycle and figured I could handle them at barre3, but I was so wrong.
One thing I liked about barre3 is that there is enough variety in the class that you don’t feel too exhausted to do the next movement. By the time your legs feel like they’re going to fall off, you’re moving into something that involves more arms, or the other way around. It really helped me push myself more near the end of the class. I knew that if I did, I wouldn’t regret it. There is nothing worse than pushing yourself to the max in a class, only to find out the next movement involves the same muscle you just exhausted! Even when it feels like holds are going to last forever or you can’t handle any more pulses, you can push through and finish.
Embiria: The Experience
Following the class, we were asked to find someone we didn’t know, introduce ourselves, and then talk about 2 things: What our perfect Saturday would involve, and what intention we’d like to set for ourselves for the week. I’m not a social person, but I liked this activity because it got people talking about things they care about. I think that’s a great way to get to know people. It also helped me set an intention for the week – something I wouldn’t always do.
We also got to take home amazing gift bags. The bags included items from Bounce, Babe Box and Bathorium. My Bounce Bites are already gone! I ended up with Blueberry Banana flavour. I don’t love those two flavours, but I shared them with other people who devoured them.
The Babe Box sampler had some really great items. It’s great to have a Canadian option for a beauty box, and I love that their boxes don’t auto-renew! I am obsessed with the smell of the hand cream, and can’t wait to try out the overnight face oil. My current nightly moisturizer has been letting me down. (I’ll be posting a separate review of the Babe Box sampler items once I’m able to try them all!)
LUNCH: THE GOODS & LILO
I often find myself either snacking on unhealthy foods right after a fitness class, or wandering around trying to find somewhere that sells good food. The Goods had 3 different salads available after our barre3 class, and Lilo provided acai & blueberry bowls.
I love that the Lilo bowls have 15g of protein in them! As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, it can be hard to get a good amount of protein. These bowls were also the perfect size to have post-workout without feeling too weighed down. It can be hard to eat an entire protein bar or finish a protein shake after working out.
As a picky eater, finding a salad that didn’t contain anything I dislike was a bit trickier. I chose the Chuck salad, which had white quinoa, black rice, mung sprouts, mint, chick peas, noodled zucchini & beet, corn, peas, cucumber and arugula, with a toasty sesame dressing. The only part of the salad I didn’t love was the mint, but the dressing made up for it. The Goods is definitely going on my list of places to grab healthy, filling food in Toronto.