Dream Crazier

Dream Crazier

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Nike just released a new promotional video on women in the world of sports, entitled 'Dream Crazier'. Immediately, it went viral, being posted and reposted on every social media platform primarily by females who relate or agree with its message. As a female and former athlete, this is the kind of advertisement that needed to be produced. This is the message that needs to be sent: that women are a force to be reckoned with and should not be held to unfair stereotypes solely based on gender. Our behaviors are either justified or irrationalized because we are women while our male counterparts are titled 'brave, strong, powerful, and talented'.

This commercial specifically calls out those unfair and incorrect stereotypes that women in the world of sports face. We are not weaker than men, we are not more dramatic, and we can be just as talented. Understandably, there are differences in women and men's sports that exist for safety reasons; however, it does not mean a female cannot perform at the same level or even a higher one than the guys. The minute differences between female and male sports do not yield the stereotypes they have accumulated, and Nike is finally taking a stand to reverse these injustices. A commercial like this should not come as such a shock to the world, but this is a small step in the right direction towards universal acceptance of female athletes.

The entire idea behind the commercial is essentially that females and males are equal and should be viewed and treated as such. This is an emerging phenomenon in the 21st century that I believe will continually gain support and following from all genders around the world, as women continue to make a presence in not only previously male-dominated sports but also professions. While Nike is an athletic gear company, their aim is to equalize men and women across all domains.

A woman can be just as fast, strong, or smart as a man and it's time our world started to see that.

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Why You Should Go To The Barre

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After going back and forth trying to decide if I wanted to try a barre class, last month I finally decided to. And let me tell you, it is one of the best decisions I have made for not only myself but my body! I tried my first class at Barre N9ne in Andover, Massachusetts (with multiple location in Woburn, Somerville, and Danvers), and I truly don't think I could have found a better studio. From the moment you walk into the studio there is a great vibe and the instructors are so informative and caring. If you are in the area, I highly recommend Barre N9ne!

It Is A Full Hour To Yourself

My favorite part of barre is it is an hour to myself. No phone, no distractions, just working to improve myself with each set. When I go to the gym whether I am lifting weights or running on the treadmill at some point I am on my phone responding to a text or changing the song I am listening to. During barre, I don't even think about who texted me or what email I have to respond to. It is complete me time.

The BEST Core Workout

During barre, your core is engaged the entire time. Then, at the end of the workout there is 5-7 minutes of actual core workouts. This makes it one of the best core workouts because instead of just focusing on your core for a few minutes, you are engaging it throughout the class and then additionally at the end.

You Will Gain Strength and Definition 

A typical barre class is a full body workout and over time you will gain strength and see definition. It takes about 5 classes to start seeing results. By strengthening each muscle group, you are not only gaining definition you are also strengthening all muscles (even the ones that are often underused and underdeveloped).

You Will Become More Flexible 

After each muscle group worked on, you will stretch. This is something that is often overlooked because people don't want to take the time to stretch during a workout and save it until the end, or even not at all. The amount of stretching done in a barre class will improve your range of motion and help to reduce any risk of injuries.

Mind Body Connection

During class you will often hear your instructor say to "focus on the mind body connection". But, what is it? Well, when you focus your attention on the muscle you are working, you tend to work harder and more effectively. This then gives you faster results. When you then focus on that muscle group and stop focusing on all the background noise of your stressful day, or what you have to do after class, or that big test next week, you are really able to focus in and have the best workout.

Your Muscles Will Shake (In A Good Way)

Barre utilizes micro movements. Meaning, since you preform many reps of the same movement involving specific muscles in barre, you are then working your muscles to exhaustion. When your muscles are exhausted, they start to shake. If you aren't shaking, work harder!

Through every pulse, squeeze, and tuck enjoy your time during barre. I hope you give barre classes a try because I know I don't regret it and I know you won't either.

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