Sunday, 7 May 2017


There are some very exciting things happening this summer and finally I can announce one of them: I will start instructing Barre-classes! This is something I have been wanting to do ever since I first tried barre myself over a year ago and I'm so happy it's finally happening. So in this post I thought I'd share a bit more of my history with barre, the benefits of the class and what I intend to do in my classes. 

I first tried Barre at Virgin Active in January 2016 when I was doing my internship in London. It was love at first sight: I loved the training method, the instructor and the way I felt after the class. It also brought back memories from the ballet classes I did years ago to support my gymnastics hobby. I have been taking barre classes back in Finland from time to time as well but now finally it's arriving to the sports club I instruct at. 

Barre is based on and is inspired by ballet, but it's also a combination of group fitness and bodyweight training. The class is suitable for everybody, no matter what your fitness level is or how long you have been working out. You also shouldn't be worried if you have zero experience with pointe shoes. Obviously a ballet background might help you recognize the movements but after all ballet and barre are two totally different things and it actually might be better not to compare them. 

The best benefit of barre in my opinion is that the feeling after the class is very different from walking out of a class where you might have used weights. You have to focus on extending and stretching your body throughout the whole class and that has a huge impact on your posture. I generally feel two inches taller after a barre class than before it. Barre is also fun, the movements vary a lot so you won't get bored and they're done with good music playing in the background. All this while you're also training your muscle endurance.

Excitement overload and I can't wait for May to turn into June (for several reasons actually: my summer holiday, warmer weather...). I was also thinking of creating a barre workout for you to do at home. How does that sound?

Have you tried barre?

Emma x


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Planning a fitness class & playlist for my newest routine

Planning new routines for my fitness classes is one of my favourite thing to do and I love combining movement to music. It all starts many weeks beforehand with searching and listening to loads of different songs. Whenever I find a song which makes me jam, has suitable lyrics or has a great beat, I either write it down in my special fitness class notebook or add it straight to a playlist on Spotify. During the next weeks I go through my playlist and possibly start moving a bit to the songs, which is how I plan most of the routine. Sometimes inspiration and the song I've picked just don't go together which is when I start looking at music videos and browse Youtube for ideas. About a week before the launch of a new program I count every beat in every song I've picked for the routine. And a couple of days before the launch I go through the routine like crazy, so that I remember it properly and am also able to give instructions while moving myself. It's a long process, but so worth it all. 

My new routine will launch TODAY, so if you happen to live in Helsinki or are visiting let me know and I'll give you more details about the time and place :) If you aren't able to make it then make sure you're following me on Instagram. I usually post little sneak peeks of my routine after it's been launched.

The playlist for my next routine looks like this:

Warm up:
1. Paris (Jewels & Sparks Remix) - The Chainsmokers
2. Waterloo - Abba
3. Stamp on the ground - ItaloBrothers

4. Don't let go - Lila ft. Rat City
5. Räjäytä mun mieli - Anna Abreu
6. Swalla - Jason Derulo ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign
7. Bad man - Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker
8. Born this way - Lady Gaga
9. Burn it to the ground - Nickelback
10. Gotta work - Ameria
11. Rahan takii - Antti Tuisku
12. Never give up - Sia

13. Love my life - Robbie Williams

Do you have favourite workout songs, which always make you do your best? Do share! :)

Emma x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

My Favourite Workout Leggings

There is nothing better than a perfect pair of workout leggings and there is also nothing worse than an unsuitable pair. The best leggings make you feel hugged, don't fall off, are high-rise and aren't see-through. And the only correct way to find the right leggings is to do a little happy dance, a couple of squats and high knees in the fitting room. You want to be able to move around in them so make sure you put them to the test. They can cost a fair bit but they certainly don't have to. I strongly recommend buying one proper pair to make you feel good and comfortable (as much as possible during workout...) while training rather than getting multiple lousy ones, which probably won't last very long and can make you unlike working out. Trust me, it can be up to as little as that. The leggings I tell you more about on my video are personally my favourite ones for different reasons and are from different price ranges. Hope you enjoy my video! :)

Do you have favourite workout leggings? Do share! :)
Happy Easter all!

Emma xx

Saturday, 18 March 2017

40 ways to PLANK

The plank, hover, front hold, abdominal bridge... A loved child has many names, as the old Finnish saying goes. Whether you love or don't love doing the plank, you can't argue with the amazing effect it has on your body. It primarily strengthens your abdominals, back and shoulders but depending on the way you do the movement it can also actually strengthen your whole body. You also don't even need to hold the plank for very long for you to start feeling the effect. However some people seem to be crazy about the movement and have spent over 8 hours in an elbow plank. I guess that's one way of spending your day. 


Friday, 3 March 2017

Dubai - The City of Superlatives

A week in the city of superlatives has left me in awe. I did and saw things I've never experienced before and learned a lot both about Dubai and myself. That's exactly why traveling is so amazing: it opens your eyes to new things and at the same time you get to reflect those new things on yourself. I thought I'd share some of my thoughts on Dubai and why it's definitely a city to be visited at least once in a lifetime.

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