Not a New Years Resolution Post

D.C. blogger Alicia Tenise styles an affordable workout ensemble at Xtend Barre Arlington

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Aerie Leggings | Pink ‘Pizza’ Gym Bag

A fitness post in January? Groundbreaking. But for me, this has a little bit of a different significance for me: this time last year, the doctors took off my cast from my carpal/cubital surgery, and I started the long road to recovery.

The day my cast was removed, I was unable to form the motion with my hand to pick up a piece of paper. I had 6 weeks of physical therapy just to regain a full range of motion, and boy: it was a doozy. Unfortunately working out wasn’t an option for me for most of the year, and well, it was downright difficult for me to do even after I was discharged from PT.

Barre has been the one class I can take that has enough modifications for my arm. Unfortunately I still can’t do push ups or flex my hand enough to support any weight on it, but the best thing about barre is that your instructor can modify exercises so you can keep up! I can do push-ups and planks on the barre, which provides a huge amount of relief for my wrist, and helps me work out my arm muscles!

Lately I’ve been going to Xtend Barre in Arlington, and they’ve treated me like family since day one. Yes, it is within walking distance of my apartment so I might be biased, but it’s honestly one of my favorite barre studios I’ve been to in the area! If you want to check it out, you can get 2 weeks of unlimited classes for only $49!

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  1. Kate wrote:

    okay, youre outfit and all the accessories are just way too pretty! I LOVE barre and if I had all this pretty stuff, I might be more inclined to attend classes. Hehe! I am glad you are recovering and able to work out again! Yay!


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  2. Sydney Power wrote:

    I have been a dancer all my life, but I have never taken a Barre class! I really want to!

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  3. Peyton Baxter wrote:

    Great work girl – you’re inspiring! And I love that gym bag!

    xo – Peyton

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  4. Dana Mannarino wrote:

    Love it girl! so happy you can do more of it again. I tried a barre class at Equinox and I LOVE it!

    Pink Champagne Problems

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  5. Haha, love the pizza bag! I’ve yet to try a barre class, but I want to. :]

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  6. You’re a rockstar and I love these leggings, the ties are so cute!


    Lee Anne

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  7. Nicholle Brainard wrote:

    Keep pushing through!! Recovering from surgery can be disappointing. I am so glad that you have found something to do that doesn’t hurt!

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  8. Jenny wrote:

    I love barre class! I go at my local gym a few times a week.

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  9. Ariel Theresa wrote:

    I LOVE barre!!! I was in a bad car accident and my spine can no longer handle the stomping. I miss it sooo much. I discovered barre though and it makes me feel like I am at a dance class, but can modify like you said. It is so great! I am so glad you love it too! You look soo adorable and I love your accessories!

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  10. Nicole Leffew wrote:

    Barre is the hardest workout I’ve ever done but it’s so good!

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  11. I have never tried Barre before, it sounds so fun!!! I must try it one day

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  12. I’ve never done barre but I think I would totally love it!!


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  13. Audrey Stowe wrote:

    hahaha LOVE the caption to this post! This makes me get into the workout mode- but first, need those leggings. Great post gal!

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  14. Rita wrote:

    You are inspiring. Cute workout outfit. I am glad you found great workout for you. Will try that for sure.

    Rita |

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  15. Sara Oberton wrote:

    Love barre workouts! Your pants are so cute.

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  16. Ruthie Ridley wrote:

    Sorry about your surgery and set backs last year! It seems to me that you have made the most of it!! I am so happy to see that you have found Barre as a great workout alternative! I have yet to try it!!

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  17. Want to start barre workouts!! Thanks for the motivation haha

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  18. Jennifer wrote:

    Love barre!! it’s my favorite too!!

    Jenna from

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  19. Brittany Boone wrote:

    I love barre I need to get back into it! Such a cute look girl

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  20. I’ve never done barre classes, but totally need to try! It looks like you’re really enjoying it…and look great too!!

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  21. Angelle Marix wrote:

    You look fabulous!! I’ve heard great things about Barre. I need to try it out!!


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  22. sandyalamode wrote:

    i want those black and white workout shoes!!

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  23. You go girl! Hope you had a great start of the new year!



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  24. Zofia Biała wrote:

    So what ARE your New Year’s Resolutions?

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