Barrecore

Interview with Millie Mackintosh

If you follow Millie on instagram or twitter, you will have noticed she is really into her health and fitness, posting amazing pictures of healthy dishes or tweeting about her workouts. She was recently on Celebrity Masterchef, where she demonstrated her culinary skills and is the new face of beauty brand NiP+Fab. Having seen Millie in the flesh it is clear to see why she is in demand, she has an amazing  figure… so what are her top tips for getting a toned body?

1) Where do you like to train?

I like to mix it up and do around five workouts a week, I do Paolas Body barre maybe twice a week, barrecore, hot yoga basics for an hour, weight training with Richard Tidmarsh at Reach Fitness and maybe one SBC class. Psycle is a great spin class I try to go to if I’m in soho for the day. Obviously not all of that in one week but those are the places I go and I’m always open to trying new things

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2)- How often do you work out?

Four/Five times a week depending on how busy I am

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3) What restaurants do you like eat out in?

I love The Good Life Eatery for a healthy brunch after a work out! For sushi I love Roka and for cheat night I love Italian, Locanda Locatelli is my favourite

4) What does a typical diet look like for you?

 I don’t diet, I eat clean in the week.. No wheat or dairy, no processed food, no fizzy drinks, nothing in batter.

Then on the weekend I eat whatever I feel like.. I love getting a breakfast burger or burrito on weekends from my farmers market

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 5) After your MasterChef success, any plans to release a cookbook?

Maybe… I’ve got a lot in the pipeline, I love cooking and sharing recipes so it would be fun

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 6) How do you like to relax?

I listen to classical music and take a bath. I also find yoga helps to calm my mind

 7- You look amazing! Do you have any top tips for creating a lean and toned body?

 Find a form of exercising you enjoy that way you will keep going back.. I think mixing up your workouts gives your body more of a challenge

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Thank you Millie for sharing with us some of your top health and fitness tips!

FuelFresh

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Barrecore review

Having heard so much about barrecore, I could not wait to go and check it out. Barrecore is one of the hottest exercise classes to hit London. Barrecore uses ballet style exercises which promises to tone and create a long & lean body shape by stretching every muscle group in the body

 

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There are two locations, one in Chelsea and the other in Mayfair. I went to the Mayfair branch which is just off Oxford Street. The studio is in the basement of 6 Cavendish Square. As you enter the studio you are given a tour of the studio, there are two studios and a private room with a Pilates reformer machine. There are showers, changing rooms & free lockers. The only thing they ask you to provide is non slip socks, and if you don’t have them you can buy them for £10. They also sell an amazing range of healthy snacks, such as eatloveraw bars, sun warrior protein powder, activated nuts and a great range of workout clothes.

 

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Louisa Drake was our instructor, she came into the reception area to greet us and I instantly loved her. Louisa explained the class and what to expect. She explained the terminology that she will use in the class. She took us into the studio and Louisa told me to go to the front of the class, so I could clearly see her and follow the moves. The class definitely lived up to the hype. It was fast paced from start to finish, it is a total work out for the body.

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Louisa Drake

So lets start at the beginning.  Each studio has a long ballet barre along each wall, and you are given weights, a pilates strap and a mat. You start on the floor warming up your muscles, however this is not a gentle warm up, you will be sweating. A lot of the exercises are isometric based, where you hold a position whilst performing small pulsing movements.  To start with this was moves such as a one legged side plank, plie squats &  press ups. We then moved on to the barre exercises. The barre acts as an aid to perform a range of isometric moves for the legs. My legs have never shaked like that before. Louisa was great at explaining positioning of the body, and throughout the class she would go around and correct people’s stance.

 

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 The Studio

We then moved on to abs. We wrapped the pilates straps around the barre this then acted as a resistance whilst performing leg raises. We placed yoga blocks under our mats and the block acted like a support, whilst performing stomach crunching moves.

We  finished by performing stretches which really relieve stress and tension from your muscles, they needed it, they worked really hard! You leave feeling amazing. The positivity and high energy of Louisa stayed with me throughout the day.

I would recommend this class to all, whether you have low or high fitness levels. Louisa gave us options to make the moves easier or harder.

Barrecore is addictive, and I am going back…