A well-designed fitness program is an essential component of achieving optimal wellness and a key ingredient in the Clean Cuisine Challenge.
Clean Cuisine’s Fusion Approach to Fitness… If you have read the fitness chapter in our Clean Cuisine book or have Ivy’s Full Fitness Fusion workout DVD then you know we take a fusion approach to fitness, meaning we believe in combining a wide variety of workout training techniques into our overall fitness program for maximum conditioning results, to prevent plateauing and to keep exercise interesting and fun. For example, we incorporate classic calisthenics, yoga, ballet, pilates, kick-boxing, etc. into our Full Fitness Fusion exercise program. Although we love variety in fitness, we are not big fans of fad workouts or extreme exercise programs (Cross-Fit comes to mind here) and for the most part we stick to exercise programs that have stood the test of time. For example, ballet is an absolutely amazing full-body workout (just look at the body of a classically trained ballerina if you need further proof) and the basic plié you would do in any standard ballet class is an exercise that is pretty hard to reinvent or to improve upon, so we don’t even try. But that doesn’t mean we are closed minded when it comes to giving a new fitness craze a try…
“Barre” Fitness & Booty Barre are Here to Stay
If you have a gym membership and live in NYC or LA surely you have heard the buzz about the hot new “barre” workouts. But are barre workouts just another fad fitness craze or might they actually help you, um, raise the bar with your own fitness level? The answer depends entirely on which barre method you try (and there are plenty!) Ivy has tried just about all of them including Lotte Berk, Physique 57, Xtend Barre, etc. and without a doubt the one that delivers the best overall workout and gets your heart rate up while simultaneously strengthening and toning every major muscle in your body is Tracey Mallett’s “The Booty Barre.”
Ivy has become such a fan of barre fitness and Booty Barre that we just installed a ballet barre in the gym of our new house! But don’t worry, you don’t need a fancy barre to do Booty Barre—a sturdy chair will do just fine. There is somewhat of an addictive type quality to doing Booty Barre… it’s hard to nail down exactly what it is, but there is something about it that makes you look forward to doing it again. And when it comes to exercise, that’s a really good thing (wink).
What are the Benefits of Booty Barre?
Ok, so with a happy-go-lucky name like “Booty Barre” you might have a tendency to think the workout is more fluff than substance, but that would be a mistake. Booty Barre is a serious workout that will really, really push your body. Your thighs are guaranteed to tremble! But not in a way that makes you feel like you want to pass out. It really is an exhilarating and high-energy workout that’s also lots of fun. Booty Barre will work your muscles and body in a way you probably never have before, and that’s one of the secrets to why it works so well. Booty Barre sessions deliver the following:
- Fat Burning Interval Training (Note: we explain the science behind why interval training is the best way to burn fat in the exercise chapter of Clean Cuisine)
- Deep Toning Isometric Conditioning & Core Training
- Muscle Elongation & Strengthening Inherent to Pilates & Ballet (Note: you will strengthen your body without building bulk)
- Improved Posture & Balance
- Oh and Yes! You WILL get tighter booty!!
Where Can You Take a Booty Barre Class?
Booty Barre has certified instructors all over the world, but you don’t even need to leave your house to get a world class workout! Booty Barre has a series of workout DVD’s from which to choose so you can do the workouts in your own living room (no barre required–and you don’t even need to wear shoes!) For the purpose of the Clean Cuisine Challenge we suggest you start with one of the following workouts: Booty Barre Ballet Workout OR Booty Barre 35-Minute Express Workout for “Beginners & Beyond”
Who is Booty Barre Creator Tracey Mallett?
Booty Barre creator Tracey Mallett is a world-renowned fitness and wellness expert who currently travels the world certifying trainers in “The Booty Barre” technique. A former professional dancer, Mallett also specializes in pre- and postnatal fitness and has been a fitness professional for over 20 years. She is a certified personal trainer and a group fitness instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of American (AFAA), as well as a Certified Sports Nutritionist with the National Association of Sports Nutrition (NASN), a BASI Certified Pilates Instructor. Mallett is a regular contributor to Prevention, Shape, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Health, the Los Angeles Times, Pilates Style and Self. She has hosted several infomercials and appears regularly on TV including Good Morning New York, The Style Network for E! Entertainment, Access Hollywood, KTLA’s Morning Show, KABC and others. Tracey appeared on Ellen joining First Lady Michelle Obama, Ellen DeGeneres, and a group of excited school children in an exercise routine she developed as part of the “Let’s Move” campaign. This was a dream come true for her, as one of her passions in life is to find ways for kids to be active, combating childhood obesity through movement and healthy nutrition. Tracey is also a loving mom to two beautiful children, Amber and Ty. But Tracey is so much more than just a series of super impressive credentials; she is truly a beautiful and very strong person—both inside and out. She is also a dear friend of Ivy’s. Tracey and Ivy have been friends for years and were introduced through their literary agent when Ivy was asked to do the recipe development for Tracey’s book, Super Fit Mama. Instant friends from the beginning the girls have become closer over the years and have always shared a common bond. But it was through an ironic twist of fate that, like Ivy, Tracey would be faced with a life-changing diagnosis. The last time the girls were together (photographed below at CanFitPro in Toronto, Canada), Tracey was having terrible symptoms. Like Ivy at the time of her diagnosis with MS back in 1998, Tracey appeared to be in picture-perfect health. But the symptoms she was having prompted Ivy to urge her to get medical attention when she got home. Tracey’s life changing diagnosis came as a horrible shock to all of us. But it has made her stronger than ever before. She is a true inspiration. Read Tracey’s full story HERE.
Special Invitation To Try Booty Barre “Burn” with Tracey Mallett for FREE!
Tracey is offering a 10-day fitness training special, including a free Booty Barre “Burn” workout! Click HERE to sign up.