Of three-peats and trying new things (Ellie!)

So I talk about barre n9ne often.
Ok, I talk about barre n9ne A LOT.

…but it’s only because I love, love, love everything about it — the workouts, the clients, the community we’ve built and yes — what I love most of all is being able to teach. It’s an honor, truly.

What I haven’t really talked about all that much here is how often I teach or what my schedule looks like. And well, I’m not necessarily here to blab on about THAT per se, I am here today to talk about what I’m loving about the barre n9ne ‘three-peat’ I teach every single Monday.

You might sometimes see me refer to it as the ‘three-peat’ or sometimes the ‘3-fer’ on instagram if I opt to post on instagram a post-class sweaty-faced pic at the studio, or a post-class glass of pic of the glass of wine I routinely pour after the last class of the day is over with for me. (case in point below)

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But what IS this ‘three-peat’ all about? It started with me starting up the 6am Monday morning class. A class that admittedly was slow to pickup steam at first — I mean, 6am on a MONDAY is rough. Who wants to roll out of bed that early on a Monday anyway?? Well hi, I do. 😉

And I slowly convinced clients that it was the most EXCELLENT idea ever to kickoff the work week with a barre n9ne sweatfest.

Well, soon after that, I picked up the 7am class too and for me, it’s been a blast to rock a barre n9ne double each Monday morning. Even if that means a mad dash and scramble to get to work after that. It’s always, always, always worth it. And THEN, once the Danvers studio expanded to two fitness rooms vs. one, I picked up a 7pm class too. Monday night is ‘bowling night’ for Scott so I readily volunteered for more studio time that day — because to me, that’s an awesome way to kick off a ‘me’ night — at my favorite home away from home. 😉

So WHY am I telling you all of this? Not because I want to look like some crazy ass instructor rockstar or something (seriously, not the point), but because Monday’s have become an awesome day for me. Any time I wake up with the “Monday morning blues” they are almost immediately dashed away as soon as I set foot in the studio at 5:30am. Sure, it makes for a long day between teaching and my day job, but hell – let’s be honest: I’d be taking a class or running if I wasn’t teaching, right??

And this past Monday? I had an extra spring in my step. A spring in my step that could only be the result of new workout gear to wear while teaching. And *GASP* it was NOT Lululemon gear I was wearing on Monday (shocking I know, such a #luluhoarder I am!). It was something new. A new tank and leggings from a company called Ellie. Some of you might know them by ‘pv.body’ which has since morphed into Ellie — an online clothing retailer of their own brand of workout gear called “Ellie.”  For awhile the company was selling discounted name-brand gear (like lulu and others) via the pv.body name, but they’ve since changed their business model and so far, I’m totally digging it.

Let’s be honest — they make some pretty cute gear:

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(Note: the top is called ‘the vixen’ which I kind of love haha, and the bottom is called ‘love struck leggings’ — in case you’re browsing the site later looking for either item!)

And while this particular top required me to wear a second sports bra (to avoid showing off the girls during class lol), I think that was mostly because the top was a looser style and I probably should have gone a size smaller. I’m hoping I can shrink the top a bit when I wash it, maybe. Otherwise, I LOVED the top. So comfy and way cute. And the pants were equally comfy and very flattering. I could see myself running in these pants with no problem, and they were great to teach in. Totally recommend either one.

And really, it’s looking like all of their stuff will be fun, unique pieces to rock at the studio, the gym, the streets, etc. — you can check more of their stuff out here: http://www.ellie.com/ 

(you can also follow them on Twitter: @MeetEllie, Instagram, and Facebook: MeetEllie)

AND if you’re interested in giving Ellie a try, you can click this link and get 20% off your order. I know, I know, #badinfluence alert. 😉

Buuut you’ll have to put up with me because 1) I’m here to stay (hehe) and 2) I’m now an Ellie Ambassador so in addition to my incessant #luluhoarder ways, I’m thinking I may be an #elliehoarder soon too. 😉

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19 thoughts on “Of three-peats and trying new things (Ellie!)

    • Those Monday Morning Blues are pesky suckers, huh? Totally helps to have something to look forward to each Monday morning vs. thinking about the lonnnnnng work week ahead, you know?

  1. What a great way to start Monday and your week! I know that when Monday’s start well, the rest of the week seems to follow suit. I want to try barre classes, but there’s no studio in our town and a 20 min drive leaving two kiddos with my hubs, plus class time and the drive back is a little much right now:) That Ellie stuff is cute! I’ve heard mixed reviews of p.v.body but people seem to be raving about Ellie now that they’ve changed things around.

    • It totally DOES set the right tone for the week, I think that’s why I love it so much.

      As for the Ellie/pvbody thing — I will say this: for me to go out and review their gear is proof that there’s something good going on. I NEVER review stuff on the blog, do giveaways, etc., and always said that if I was to do a giveaway or review, it would have to be because I truly believed in the product. If that helps at all 🙂

  2. I love my Monday mornings at the barre too 😉 We are a teensy bit crazy, though, let’s admit, for how much we teach…it’s just passion shining through isn’t it?! And I want Ellie!! Doncha wanna share with your fave sister?!

    • Best way to kick off the week, right??
      And yeah, we are a little on the crazy side but that’s ok — we do it because we LOVE IT. And that makes it never feel like work, such a joy!! #b94lyf 😉
      ps I’ll share my Ellie finds with you, I promise!

  3. I get the Ellie emails, but I haven’t really focused on making purchases yet. Workout gear is extraordinarily addictive!

    I have a 5am client on Monday mornings. I LOVE starting my week off like that. Starting the week on a positive really is a good mental boost! I’m so glad you’e found such a positive outlet! Your happiness really does show!

  4. Now that is what I call a banging start to the week! I bet it sometimes feels like the day job gets in the way 🙂 That top looks super cute – I’m gonna have to check it out!

  5. OK, that is a great way to start off the week. I love your perspective on it. Maybe I need to make more of an effort on Monday mornings too! I’ve been curious to hear how my fellow #luluhoarder felt about Ellie. You look smoking in that top.

  6. well, Jess…I finally broke down and made some new workout gear purchases (not from the clearance rack of TJMaxx for a change :):) )…a pair of lululemon wunder unders (I never, ever pay this much for workout wear, but you speak so highly about them and I haven’t purchased a nice pair of workout tights in years (so thanks!!) I also purchased a new top from Lulu and a new top from Ellie (with the 20% off!) You have also inspired me to start taking photos of myself during or after workouts which always remind me of how much stronger and hopefully leaner I am becoming! Thank you on both fronts!!

  7. Jess I LOVE your Monday morning class and wish I could take it more often! My hubby leaves the house at 6:30 most days but whenever he’s home I make it happen … even if it means I’m late for work (start at 7). No better way to kick off the week! Now for some shopping … 🙂 thanks!

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