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Team Momtrends Monthly Workout: The Movement

Team Momtrends is known for our adventurous side which is why we all headed to downtown NYC for a class at The Movement. This boutique fitness studio features a hybrid of classes ranging from pilates to dance and our 1 hour butt kicking session tested our balance, coordination, and strength.

The studios are a tad inconspicuous, but unbelievably clean. There is a purified water cooler and amazing accessories in the bathrooms, but there are no showers. Believe me when I tell you that no matter which class you opt for here, you're going to sweat. And I mean, really sweat. So be prepared for that.

The best thing about the class was that it was split up into two sections. First we did a high impact dance cardio "routine" which, after one or two rounds, I felt like I knew the moves. (so don't worry if you're not a "dancer") Then we slowed it down a bit and utilized our own body weight to perform pilates-like movements. This was super challenging. I felt like I needed to stop a few times, but maybe that's because I was hiding a little something under my clothes...

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I have to share a secret with you: I wore a Kim Kardashian waist trainer underneath my JCPenney Xersion clothes during my Movement class. I was intrigued when I first saw them being used by super-fit celebrities like JLO and Jessica Alba. So, of course, I had to try it out for myself. Here's what I learned:

Waist trainers are not for the meek. To get the thing on, I think I expelled every expletive I know. Which, as a New Yorker, are quite a lot. (Sorry, mom.) If you can get help, the more the merrier.

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Waist trainers make you look curvy. Not that I needed any extra curves, but I did feel a little more confidant while wearing it.

Waist trainers hurt. After about an hour, I realized all my guts were being squished. And I hadn't even done the workout yet. Uh oh.

Waist trainers probably aren't meant for dance classes. Or pilates. Or anything high cardio. They're super restrictive, which is the point. Twists and turns are not your friend in this thing.

The skinny: I liked it. I don't think I'll ever wear one during a fitness class again. But I could understand people wanting to wear them while weight lifting or doing light stretching or yoga. I will say that I did enjoy the extra support for my back. Especially while pushing myself in the Movement class.

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