Studio Review: FLEX Studios

Nestled in the rolling hills on the North Shore Long Island, you can find a new pilates based studio, FLEX. The studio has been open for a few weeks and recently celebrated their Grand Opening with 4 days of free classes! Naturally I adventured from Long Beach to Woodbury (even in a snow storm- thanks to my Jeep!) to check out some classes.

All you need to bring Is your own water bottle, skid-less towel, & sticky socks- the rest is provided for you (mats, sweat towels, and showers).

First up was FlexIR, a mat pilates class in a hot room which is warmed by infrared panels (we’ll get to that). Taught by Kara, the class targeted total body and utilized a pilates ring, small squishy ball, and a set of 3# dumbbells. As a typical mat pilates class would be formatted, we moved through upper and lower body working one side at a time then finished off with plenty of core – planks, teasers, and crunches – oh my!

About 10 minutes into class, the heat of the infrared panels really started to kick in. The infrared panels warm objects in the room instead of just heating the air. Since the panels heat you up directly, you don’t need time to warm up the room. The FlexIR definitely left me very sweaty!

My second class was a Flex 30/30 class with my friend Dianna πŸ€— This total body class combines two workouts in one and is done half with a TRX suspension trainer and the other half on a pilates reformer. We started the first half of class in the TRX studioDianna gave the class a quick intro on adjusting the TRX straps then we got to work. The class was broken up into 3 blocks (upper body, lower, and core) with a burst of cardio in between each round. After we finished our core round, we quickly scooped up our things and headed to the other room in the studio for our pilates session. Fast change into your grippy socks, crash course in reformer anatomy, and we were ready to go! Starting with core this time, then working in a combo of upper and lower body. This studio, more dimly lit, was the perfect atmosphere to cool it all down. The class in total was about 50 minutes long, the same as my previous class, the FlexIR.

This class squeezes a lot of workout into a short period. It’s great if you’re looking to try out both TRX and the Flexformer. I’d love to try a full class of each (which they also offer- FlexTRX and FlexFormer) to get more out of each piece of equipment πŸ’ͺ🏼

Have you tried Flex Studios yet? Share in the comments!! They also have 2 locations in the city (NoHo & Union Square). Check them out here!

Xo, Louise

Happy Anniversary B&B!

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It’s our 1st Anniversary!

When we took the leap of faith to launch Burpees & Bordeaux a year ago we didn’t know where it would go. We knew we wanted to share our journeys – the highs and the lows, we wanted to share solid research backed information, and we wanted to share our love for fitness (and wine). Little did we know we would connect with some of the most bad-ass women in the industry, grow not only as friends but also fitness professionals, and also expose our most vulnerable selves. We are so grateful for each and every one of you who read our blog and support us in our journey. A special shout out to our friends, our families, and significant others who support us day in and day out! Thank you to our friends at lululemon RF for letting us reach more individuals and all of the Tone It Up- Long Island girls who always come out to support us.

We love you all and can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for us!

Xo, Louise & Pam

Workout Wednesday: Upper Body TRX Moves

It’s Wednesday and it is time to work those arms! Today we are doing five moves for our upper body. TRX Suspension Trainers are one of our favorite pieces of fitness equipment. Many fitness centers have them set up, but you can also mount them over a door in your home. Instead of lifting weights, you are able to use your own body weight as the resistance.

Perform each of the following exercises for sets of 12-15 reps. You can increase the difficulty of each exercise by positioning your feet closer to the anchor point, or decrease the difficulty by stepping away.

Rows
Keep your body in a straight line, core tight. Begin with arms extended, palms facing each other, and tension on the shoulder blades. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull your body up so that your chest meets your hands.

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Rear Deltoid Rows
Keep your body in a straight line, core tight. Begin with arms extended, palms facingΒ down, and tension on the shoulder blades. Keep your elbows up and out as you squeeze your shoulder blades together and pull your body up.

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Chest Press
Start with your body in the position below, core tight and chest lowered to the hands. Press your body weight up, stabilizing your shoulders and keeping your body in a straight line (like a push-up).

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Bicep Curls
Keep your body in a straight line with the core tight. Arms start extended with the palms facing upward. Point your elbows towards the wall, pulling your body weight up, and bending at the elbows. Be sure to keep your arms up.

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Triceps Extensions
Start with your body straight, elbows up and pointed towards the wall with your palms facing out. Press your body up, extending your arms- be sure to keep those arms up.

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What are your favorite TRX moves?! Share them with us!