My Kelly Ripa Workout…Spinning and Ballet Barre

(Image Credit: Barre3)

I’ve long been obsessed with Kelly Ripa’s workout routine. I think she looks amazing, I appreciate that she loves trying new classes and I love that she always owns up to how much she actually works out :) .

Kelly was one of the first people to rave about the super fun and totally killer spin workout at Soul Cycle and she might be single handedly responsible for the sensation that is  Physique 57.  I’ve read Kelly does a few Soul Cycle classes a week along with 3 or so barre classes at Physique 57, and this past weekend I though I’d give her workout routine a try. Bottoms line..amazeballs!!!

My “Kelly Ripa Workout” started with a 60 minute  barre class at Barre3 which was FABULOUS! We did these teeny tiny movements with one pound (yes, one pound!) weights that I am still feeling in my triceps. There were lots of regular plies, small “V” plies along with squats and lunges using the ballet barre for support. We used a squishy ball for glute and abdominal work and complimented everything with plenty of stretching. While we don’t have Physique 57 in Seattle, I had the pleasure of taking a Physique class last year and loved it, and Barre3 workout is the closest I’ve found to Physique 57′s intensity. Then I hit the gym for a 30 minute spin workout.

(Image Credit: Flywheel Sports)

This spinning barre class combo was intense, it’s no wonder Kelly Ripa is in such amazing shape! Put it this way, I almost fell asleep in the elevator on the way home and eventually ended up having to take a nap. My muscles felt toned and lean from the barre class and the spin workout satisfied my need for a good sweat session. It was a really fun way to get both cardio and strength work and I really enjoyed mixing up my regular running and circuit training schedule. This Kelly Ripa workout will definitely make it into my regular rotation!


BARRE: If you want to try it out check to see if there is a Barre3, Pure Barre or Bar Method class near you. You can also purchase the Physique 57 DVDs here or do Barre3 workouts online here.

SPINNING : Try a spin class at your gym or see if Flywheel or Soul Cycle are in your neighborhood. Otherwise you can print this 500 calories spin workout or try the 30 minute workout I did. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Warm up/: Steal my sunshine (Aylen remix)
  2. Increase resistance, stay seated, stand on the chorus, the seated again// One Thing, One Direction
  3. Seated, keep up with beat of music//Let’s Go, Neyo
  4. Standing Climb, increase resistance each 30 seconds// Somebody That I Used To Know, (Tiesto Remix, Gotye)
  5. Tabata Intervals, seated sprint for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds,//Where Have You Been? (Hardwell Remix, Rihanna)
  6. Standing Climb// Someday, Mariah Carey
  7. Seated sprint, increase speed on the chorus// Good Time, Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen

This workout is such a killer I think it warrants an extra helping of dessert:)

Printable 45 Minute 500+ Calorie Burning Spin Bike Workout

All right everyone, Thanksgiving is over and if you’re anything like me you’re probably still eating pie for breakfast. (I mean it has apples:) No worries, I’ve put together one of my new favorite spinning workouts that burns over 500 calories in only 45 mintues to help get you through all the holiday cookies, pies, festive drinks, chocolate….you get my point :)

Celebs like Kelly Ripa, Katie Holmes and Julia Roberts swear by spinning so it must be good!

You’ll tone up, burns tons of calories and relieve some much needed stress!

Check out the workout and songs below or get the printable version here.   printable 500-calorie-spin-workout-1

45 Minute 500+ Calorie Spin Workout

1.   Warmup: (4 mins)  3 Sugar Feelings (Britney Spears vs Black Eyed Peas vsFloRida)

2.   Add resistance and stand. Lean forward for 20 seconds and lean back fro 20 seconds (5:40 minutes) Calvin Harris Ft Rhianna – We Found Love (Tom CaffreyExtention Mix)

3.   Add resistance and pick up speed. Break each minute up, go faster at each 0 second, 15 second, 30 second marks then recover at 45 second mark and repeat for entire song. (4 mins)    Viva La Vida, Coldplay

4.   Speed Intervals 30 seconds on 30 seconds off. (5 minutes) Mr. Vain (Club Mix) DJ Maurice

5.   Seated Hill Climb. (3:30 mins)  Shimmer (Fuel)

6.   Add resistance, Standing sprints 15 seconds up, 15 seconds seated. (4:20 mins)Party Rock Anthem (featuring Lauren Bennett & Goon Rock

7.   Moderate resistance, seated fast speed tempo ride. (4 mins) Good Feeling (Flo Rida) 

8.   Add resistance, stand for hill, moderately fast tempo. (3 mins)Mr. Saxobeat (Alexandra Stan)

9.   Add more resistance stay standing steep slow hill, heavy resistance. (4:20 mins)  Wonderwall (Oasis)

 10.   Lower your resistance and sprint to the end. (2 mins)   Halo/Walking on Sunshine (Glee cast version)

 11.    Cool-down

Class Review: The Bar Method


I absolutely love the Physique 57 DVD’s so I was super excited to try the new Bar Method class, after all who wouldn’t want to have the long lean body of a dancer? Both Bar Method and Physique 57 are ballet based workouts that use light weights and dance inspired movements to sculpt long lean muscles while increasing flexibility. Plus the new studio in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle is gorgeous! Lots of turquoise and white, locker room with showers and I loved this…hair ties in case you forget yours!


We started with arm work including pushups, bicep curls and tricep extensions using light weights. This is a pretty big change for me since I usually lift pretty heavy so two to three pound dumbells seemed, well unintimidating. I was wrong! The teeny tiny one inch movements were killer and I was oh so happy to only be lifting something comparable in weight to an iPad. We them moved onto super small range of motion plies and squats and followed with left lifts lifting up and down only an inch. Oh my goodness where my muscles shaking uncontrollably! I was sweating bullets and I am not ashamed to say I had to stop and rest a few times. We concluded the class with more pushups, killer core work and some great stretches. Even days later I can still feel my biceps and triceps and yes, I wince just a little when I walk by a two pound dumbbell.


  • Tight lean biceps and triceps
  • Sculpted shoulders
  • Super flat tight abs (seriously just looking at some of the instructors is inspiration enough)
  • Long, lean thighs and high tight bootys


I adore doing something different and something that challenges me. I was not good at this class, like at all. Everyone else kicked my butt and I kinda love that. It means I really need to work on this kind of core strength and flexibility. The teachers were fantastic and even though it was my first time they knew my name and were very supportive and gentle in their corrections as they walked around the room. The music was good (pop, my fave) and the class seemed to fly by even during the crazy core work we did neat the end. Plus I’m a sucker for any workout that I can feel days later.


  • FYI dress to impress at these classes…the girls turn it out! The class was filled with Lululemon‘s fall collection and most girls were in their late 20s to 30s. That might just be this location because I have seen men and women in their 40s and 50s at bar classes.
  • This is a great workout for anyone starting out or looking to do something lower impact and lower intensity. (It’s not going to be high intensity like say, a cardio bootcamp) You can make it your own and  I didn’t really feel like I had to keep up with anyone…a very pleasant surprise.
  • Bar classes are sooo hot with celebs right now. Kelly Ripa, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Lisa Rinna, Anna Paquin, Denise Richards and Jacqueline Laurita to name a few


REDMOND: The Bar Method Eastside Redmond Town Center 7551 166th Avenue NE, #D240 Redmond, WA 98052 425.556.5163

SEATTLE: The Bar Method Seattle South Lake Union 124 Westlake Ave North Seattle, WA 98109 206.467.5249

Go online to reserve your spot now!

Power Playlist: my own Soul Cycle class

I wish Soul Cycle would come to Seattle! Since they are yet to make their way to the left coast I just had to come up with my own it is!

FYI: Soul cycle is an amazing indoor cycling class is NYC and is a favorite of Kelly Ripa!

  1. WARM UP: Sweet Home Alabama/ Country Grammer Mashup
  2. SEATED/ MEDIUM SPEED: Last Friday Night/ Katy Perry
  3. SEATED/ SPRINT ON CHORUS: Take Over Control/ AfroJack
  4. SEATED & CLIMB COMBO: Dog Days are Over/ Florence and the Machine
  5. CLIMB/ STANDING RUN ON CHORUS: Till the World Ends: Britney Spears
  6. SLOW HEAVY CLIMB: Best Thing I Never Had: Beyonce
  7. SEATED W/ LIGHT WEIGHTED ARM WORK: Tonight/Tonight: Smashing Pumpkins
  8. SEATED SPRINT: Where Them Girls At: David Guetta, Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj
  9. HEAVY SEATED CLIMB: Hanging by  a Moment: LifeHouse
  10. FINAL SPRINT: Don’t Stop Believin’ : Glee Cast