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The New Year is finally here and if you haven’t heard “New Year, New Me” at least 10 times, consider yourself lucky! All jokes aside, everyone zones in on their health and wellness at the beginning of a new year, investing in juice cleanses and crowding gyms all over town.

Fortunately, we at &Barr don’t have to worry about crowded gyms.

Our Digital Media Planner & Buyer Larissa Hopkins recently kicked off a fun way for &Barr employees to get in shape. Check out what Larissa had to say about &Barrbell (get it?)!

What is &Barrbell?

&Barbell is a fitness class program featuring HIIT workouts for &Barr employees right here at &Barr.

What inspired you to start &Barrbell?

I recently started doing boot-camp-style workouts and really enjoy them, so I wanted to share the knowledge. The goal of &Barrbell is to have a great workout that’s convenient for everyone, all while having fun (well, maybe not during burpees ? lol).

Why do you recommend HIIT workouts?

HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workouts and are super effective because they burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time (most &Barrbell classes are around 30 minutes), so they are great for people on a tight schedule.

What’s your favorite type of music to work out to?

I like working out to all types of music, as long as the songs are upbeat and keep me motivated! My throwback playlist never disappoints during classes (think Destiny’s Child, TLC, NSYNC and OutKast).

Do you have any recommendations on how to be more active during the workday?

A few small changes that people can make to be more active during the day include taking the stairs instead of the elevator, going on walks during lunch, getting a standing desk, getting up and moving around periodically throughout the day, and remembering to drink a lot of water.

What tips would you give someone who wants to begin a new fitness regimen?

Creating feasible goals for yourself is important. Wanting to drop 15 pounds or get a 6-pack in a week is unreasonable, so don’t put yourself up against something like that. It’s about a lifestyle change. Improving your health or strength takes time, but once you get into the habit, your healthy choices will stick.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I have a few, but one of my big ones is working on getting my personal training certification.

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