Beautiful Brides: Sweating for the Wedding

Check out our beautiful bride Chelsea below on her wedding day!

Chelsea started her journey to #getallongee in December 2016.

She describes her time in the studio as challenging but always enjoyable. She says:

"Being that I was getting married in August, I knew I wanted to look and feel my best. The allongée technique and classes definitely gave me the opportunity to feel confident  and strong." 

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Chelsea credits her success at the studio to the different types of classes offered at the studio that equally focus on target training/cardio - always providing variety to the workout regimen in addition to the wide range of class times offered, making it possible to get into classes daily even with an irregular schedule. 

One of her biggest motivators were our class instructors who Chelsea says are always positive and encouraging, pushing her to maximize her time at the studio every minute! 

 

"I am so happy to state that on my special day, I felt fit, healthy, and beautiful, and I want to thank the teachers and Allongee studio for giving me this opportunity and helping me to reach my fitness goals!"

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Thank you for trusting us at allongée with your wedding transformation, Chelsea! We are so glad you enjoyed your journey.

You look FABULOUS!! You ARE FABULOUS! 💪💃 

Success Stories: Fighting Friday!

Many of you know Amanda; she's been a regular in our allongee classes since 2012. 

Her story is one that is likely relatable to the vast majority of us. Maintaining your best and healthiest body is something that requires full-time attention. And trust me, I know that life happens, and most of the time it's a lot easier said than done. Between interpersonal relationships, professional life demands and just regular old stress, I think the most important thing to remember is that no matter how many months or even years you may have taken off from regular exercise, it is NEVER too late to come back in and get your sh*t together.   :)

Read Amanda's full story below.

Most of you probably know Amanda On The Right. It's amazing how hard our bodies will work for us if we let them! Keep it up, Amanda! You look FABULOUSS!

Most of you probably know Amanda On The Right. It's amazing how hard our bodies will work for us if we let them! Keep it up, Amanda! You look FABULOUSS!

AMANDA STOCKWELL : July 6th, 2016

How long was your transformation process?

I've been an Allongee client on and off since 2012, and the program has gotten me into the best shape of my life...twice. After a very rough year and a 40lb gain, I started my recent transformation in October 2015 and finished around May.

What were your energy levels like before forming a habit at allongee? Different than now? How?

I don't own a car so I walk a good amount, but after the daily commute you could almost always find me on the couch watching Chopped.

What was your prescribed "diet" during your transformation phase?

My biggest issue, and the reason I gained so much so quickly, is portion control. I make decent choices, I like fruits and veggies and fish and all that good stuff, but I was eating a TON of whatever was in front of me past the point of overeating.

Every. Single. Meal.

When I started working out again over last summer, I used that as a justification to eat even more food.

I started my plan through my FitBit in the fall, and I'll admit it was really, REALLY discouraging when I started out.

There are so many "miracle" diets that give you the idea that 40lbs shouldn't be that hard to lose, maybe a few weeks of work and then you're good.

I set myself up on a "Kinda Hard" plan, which suggested I eat 750 less than I was burning per day to lose about 1.5lbs per week, meaning I'd be counting calories for 6 months. For a short lady like me, this worked out to 1300-1500ish per day. The first few weeks were terrible, but after about a month I was leveling out around 1500 a day most of the time, trying to make the calories as nutritious as possible. 

And for the record, I didn't give up eating anything I loved. I still ate a bagel with cream cheese almost every morning with my latte (does 2% milk count as a diet?). The only thing I really cut down on was eating out at restaurants and beer - it's a lot easier to pay attention when you know exactly what's in your food, and beer...well, it's beer. 

How much weight did you lose? Clothing size differences?

As of the beginning of March I lost all 40lbs I had previously gained. I was wearing a size 8-10/Large in most things and a size 31 jeans. Today I'm a size 6/Small and my 28 jeans are either loose because I need to size down or because I wear them way too much and need new ones (I'm guessing the latter).

What are your energy levels like now that you have reached a healthy/happy weight?

I have a ton more energy now, but the biggest differences I've noticed are in my posture and my ankle strength. I could walk 5 miles in 4" heels if I wanted to. (I don't. But I have, and I can without that next day "omg my feet want to die" feeling.) 

Do you feel that you're in the "maintenance" part of your fitness journey now, or have you still got some work on the "transformation" end?

I've recently transitioned back to eating what I burn (thanks to Allongee that's a lot of nachos), I don't want to lose more weight but I do want to make sure my shape stays relatively the same/doesn't get too floppy.

What would you tell others who might be looking to begin a habitual fitness regimen and/or transformation journey?

First and foremost, remember that underneath any extra pounds you want to lose there is a human being who is awesome now and who is going to be awesome regardless of a number on a scale, or a waist measurement, or any other arbitrary B.S. having to do with your physical appearance.

YOU ARE VALUABLE AS IS, AND TELL ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE TO F RIGHT OFF.

As women, it's almost impossible not to have a difficult relationship with food and weight and body image at one point or another in our lives, but remember this always because it's important and it's true.

Second: before I started all this, I did a lot of reading on diets and fitness plans and pretty much everything having to do with losing weight. I highly recommend doing this. There are SO many diet/fitness plans out there and a lot of them will seem totally unreasonable to you, and that's ok. Find a balance that works with your schedule and your budget so you're not stressed out the entire time, and don't get frustrated if it takes some getting used to. Sure, cardio feels great NOW but I came into this program as someone who never worked out or played any sports, so it definitely took an adjustment period.

And lastly, don't be afraid to cut yourself some slack every once in a while. I turned my tracker and calorie counter off during Christmas and New Years - I didn't go crazy, but I did leave myself the room to really enjoy time with my family and friends. 

What do you feel that the proprietary work at allongee has done to transform your body?

The biggest reason I like this program is that my body, at any size, is hourglass shaped. The sculpting at Allongee is very curvy conscious, so watching my body change wasn't just seeing the pounds come off and the muscle form, it was also accentuating the curves that I already had. I imagine this program would be great for someone less curvy who wants to accentuate the curve as well.

How did you manage to stay motivated throughout your entire transformation process?

First off, my FitBit was extremely helpful and although it's not perfect, it was definitely a motivator for me to have personal stats. But I also work with Excel all day so maybe I'm just weird. Second, the staff and the regulars at Allongee are some of the most badass ladies I've met. The classes are fun on their own but are made way more fun by the women who are sweating to death with you. 

How long was your transformation process?

I've been an Allongee client on and off since 2012, and the program has gotten me into the best shape of my life...twice.

After a very rough year and a 40lb gain, I started my recent transformation in October 2015 and finished around May.

What were your energy levels like before forming a habit at allongee? Different than now? How?

I don't own a car so I walk a good amount, but before October 2015,  you could almost always find me on the couch watching Chopped after my workday. 

What was your prescribed "diet" during your transformation phase?

My biggest issue, and the reason I gained so much so quickly, is portion control. I make decent choices, I like fruits and veggies and fish and all that good stuff, but I was eating a TON of whatever was in front of me past the point of overeating. 

Every. Single. Meal.

When I started working out again over last summer, I used that as a justification to eat even more food.

Soon after, I started my plan through my FitBit and I'll admit it was really, REALLY discouraging when I started out.

There are so many "miracle" diets that give you the idea that 40lbs shouldn't be that hard to lose, maybe a few weeks of work and then you're good.

I set myself up on a "Kinda Hard" plan, which suggested I eat 750 less calories than I was burning per day to lose about 1.5lbs per week, meaning I'd be counting calories for 6 months.

For a short lady like me, this worked out to 1300-1500ish cals per day. The first few weeks were terrible, but after about a month I was leveling out around 1500 a day most of the time, trying to make the calories as nutritious as possible. 

And for the record, I didn't give up eating anything I loved. I still ate a bagel with cream cheese almost every morning with my latte (does 2% milk count as a diet?). The only thing I really cut down on was eating out at restaurants and beer - it's a lot easier to pay attention when you know exactly what's in your food, and beer...well, it's beer. 

How much weight did you lose? Clothing size differences?

As of the beginning of March 2016, I lost all 40lbs I had previously gained.

I was previously wearing a size 8-10/Large in most things and a size 31 jeans. Today I'm a size 6/Small and my 28 jeans are either loose because I need to size down or because I wear them way too much and need new ones (I'm guessing the latter).

What are your energy levels like now that you have reached a healthy/happy weight?

I have a ton more energy now, but the biggest differences I've noticed are in my posture and my ankle strength. I could walk 5 miles in 4" heels if I wanted to. (I don't often. But I have, and I can without that next day "omg my feet want to die" feeling.) 

Do you feel that you're in the "maintenance" part of your fitness journey now, or have you still got some work on the "transformation" end?

I've recently transitioned back to eating what I burn (thanks to Allongee that's a lot of nachos), I don't want to lose more weight but I do want to make sure my shape stays relatively the same.

What would you tell others who might be looking to begin a habitual fitness regimen and/or transformation journey?

First and foremost, remember that underneath any extra pounds you want to lose there is a human being who is awesome now and who is going to be awesome regardless of a number on a scale, a waist measurement, or any other B.S. having to do with your physical appearance.

YOU ARE VALUABLE AS IS, AND TELL ANYONE WHO SAYS OTHERWISE TO F RIGHT OFF.

As women, it's almost impossible not to have a difficult relationship with food and weight and body image at one point or another in our lives, but remember this always because it's important and it's true.

Second: before I started all this, I did a lot of reading on diets and fitness plans and pretty much everything having to do with losing weight. I highly recommend doing this. There are SO many diet/fitness plans out there and a lot of them will seem totally unreasonable to you, and that's ok. Find a balance that works with your schedule and your budget so you're not stressed out the entire time, and don't get frustrated if it takes some getting used to.

Sure, cardio feels great NOW but I came into this program as someone who never worked out or played any sports, so it definitely took an adjustment period. Allongee was definitely a comfortable place to deal with this, definitely lacking much of that "pretentious" feel of your typical boutique studio.

And lastly, don't be afraid to cut yourself some slack every once in a while. I turned my tracker and calorie counter off during Christmas and New Years - I didn't go crazy, but I did leave myself the room to really enjoy time with my family and friends. 

What do you feel that the proprietary work at allongee has done to transform your body?

The biggest reason I like this program is that my body, at any size, is hourglass shaped. The sculpting at Allongee is very curvy conscious, so watching my body change wasn't just seeing the pounds come off and the muscle form, it was also accentuating the curves that I already had. I imagine this program would be great for someone less curvy who wants to accentuate the curve as well.

How did you manage to stay motivated throughout your entire transformation process?

First off, my FitBit was extremely helpful and although it's not perfect, it was definitely a motivator for me to have personal stats. But I also work with Excel all day so maybe I'm just weird.

Second, the staff and the regulars at Allongee are some of the most badass ladies I've met.

The classes are fun on their own but are made way more fun by the women who are sweating to death with you. 

 

SUBMITTED by Amanda Stockwell. Do you have a success story to share with our readers? Please email us at bodylogicinfo@gmail.com

 

JILLIAN: Flashback Friday!

Today's Flashback Friday post is one I have been waiting anxiously to share for a long time. It's funny because since we've opened our studio in May and have seen countless new faces, the age-old question that I have gotten over the past few years has increased tenfold. 

"What was your body like in high school/what was your body like when you were dancing full-time?" 

My answer has been the same over the years, since we revamped the allongee curriculum to include more work from our CardioBarreBands and more of our CardioBarreSculpting phrases...

"Nothing like it is now."

I would have never thought it possible, but it's so true it's not even funny. Yes, you can see all or most of my ribs but you can also see my ridiculous abs displaying themselves as an 8-pack, my biceps and triceps which are definitely ever present; you can see the definition between my illiotibial band and my gluteus maximus muscles (we take pride in these allongee BUNS). I can wear 3'' heels on the worst walk home after sloshing back a few cocktails (don't forget to live a little, ladies!) and I don't have to worry for a second that my ankles will roll out and I will fall and break my face as the final culmination to my night...

Then (2008) and now (2016) |  Pre-allongee VS Post-allongee

Then (2008) and now (2016) |  Pre-allongee VS Post-allongee

 

A large part of the reason I had opted to continue dancing past high school and professionally (other than loving it, of course) was because I could not fathom what would happen to my body without the rigorous daily exercise that it had been so used to over the past decade. My last two years of high school were filled with dance credits- I danced for 4 of the 6.5 hours per day. I didn't have a "lunch period"; instead I went to dance class.

When my professional life in dance was beginning, I was fortunate enough to perform side by side with the Principal dancers, soloists, and core members of the New York City Ballet. These dancers , and any members of any regional ballet company in the country and even internationally, are experts in their field: they've spent countless years perfecting the way in which they use their bodies, and the struggle never ends. 

This was the first time that I witnessed the beauty of ballet and it's training process, but also the first time my eyes were opened to something else: dancers are athletic, yes, but their stamina is disgraceful. Cross training is not something that we dancers generally love; when you spend 6-8 hours per day in pointe shoes, your time off becomes just that. 

The lack of stamina is something that really becomes an issue. Imagine this beautiful soloist performing her 2 minute variation; she nails everything- BRAVO! You see her take her bow and as she raises her arms to 5th position it becomes ever-apparent that the giant rising and sinking of her chest is nothing more than hyperventilation. She did a 2 minute dance and she's completely out of breath!

But how is this even possible? How can these beautiful athletes have such poor cardiovascular endurance?

It all lies in the structure of the training. Dance is stop and go- you learn a combination, you do it with your group, you wait while other groups do said combination; we all stop to learn the next combination and class rolls on. A 2 hour technique class, and your heart rate barely raises above 120bpm, and  NEVER for more than 2 minutes at a time. 

Well, eventually I found myself in an Anatomy and Kinesiology class for Dancers in undergrad. I was already running the first generation version of these classes as "bodyLOGIC" classes; they were much more like a pilates class. Then I realized we were doing it all wrong; the cardio is such an important part. Your body will NOT reshape without it, but rather will simply build muscle atop what's already there. Not to mention, you're not working those cardiac muscles at all. Cardiac muscle builds similarly to any other muscle in the body. We use it, it gets stronger. We were missing half the core components of a good workout.. UH-OH & No Thank You!

At allongee, we fire those small muscle groups, but we use a large range of motion and we do it quickly. We get the heart rate up, and we keep it up so that we can BURN more calories and fat, and thus see better results in faster time! 

Our space was created by a dancer. Our instructors are life-long fitness enthusiasts with backgrounds in dance and medicine, countless fitness and wellness certifications, and a plethora of experience dealing with their bodies and the bodies of their students. Our floors are sub-floored and sprung, so all those jumps and impact activities are safe (most studios have floors laid directly upon concrete, where you would be better off going for a run outside on the sidewalk. YES, I said it because it's true.) Everything that we do, have done, and offer are all truly for the benefit of our students. Your body is the most important instrument. Let's start treating it that way!

There are plenty of testimonials upcoming on here, but here is my own:

I'm 15 pounds lighter than I was the last time I was dancing full-time, but I am also 100% healthier and stronger. I can go months without taking a ballet class, show up one morning to a class filled with dancers who have been training day in and day out prepping for auditions, and I totally KILL it. Oh, and a nightly burger and nice dark beer probably helps my ballet technique immensely (please, enjoy the below grossly casual photo of me, probably post-allongee by the looks of it). 

Our lovely allongee Founder Jillian housing (one of) her favorite burger(s) at Village Whiskey in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Photobombed by Kenneth Stockwell via iPhone.

Our lovely allongee Founder Jillian housing (one of) her favorite burger(s) at Village Whiskey in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Photobombed by Kenneth Stockwell via iPhone.

I went from worrying about what NOT to eat and crying about it all the time to literally eating everything in sight. Yes, I teach a lot of classes; if you're going to work out like a total badass, well then you definitely have to nourish it like a badass.  My testimonial is really no different from those of you ladies that take class with us every day, seriously! If you've gotten started at allongee recently, ask around. There are so many success stories, my heart is full; I can't wait to share with you over the next few weeks!