Barre to Bar with Exhale Spa, Aragosta, and Blog and Tweet Boston

Last Saturday I joined Blog and Tweet Boston for a Core Fusion Barre class at the Exhale Spa Boston Battery Warf location. This is Exhale’s signature full body workout, and I can honestly say I’ve never sweat so much in my life! I work out regularly but this class was a real workout.IMG_5285 Core Fusion Barre is designed to give you chiseled abs, toned legs, cut arms, and a high, lifted butt. This ballet inspired, core-centric class focuses on isolated exercises, alignment, flexibility, and posture as you work through targeted mindful muscle movements. It is suitable for all fitness levels. There were [many] moments my muscles were burning and shaking. It was an intense, hard, and non-stop 60 minutes of exercising and stretching.IMG_5331

Our instructor Meg was great. She was cheerful, motivating, and inspiring. Meg led us through a full body workout including leg lifts, planks, push ups, abs, bar work, and stretching. Meg was easy to follow and took time to help each one of us personally on different moves and positions.

After the class, the group headed over to Aragosta Bar and Bistro for the bar portion of “Barre to Bar”. Here we were treated to delicious appetizers and drinks.IMG_5319

Aragosta, also located in Battery Warf at the Fairmont Hotel, offers a warm, social atmosphere in a vibrant setting, featuring an open kitchen with an interactive Chef’s Counter. With influences from Marseille to Genoa, the contemporary Italian cuisine gives signature flair to hand-made pastas, prime meats, and New England seafood, using quality, local farm-raised ingredients.

We started with the “Deep Cleanse”, Exhale’s signature cocktail made with aloe juice, muddled mint, and gin. The drink was delicious and refreshing, just what I needed after such an intense workout.blogger-image--1852210936

Unbeknownst to me, Aragosta carries gluten free bread, and I was able to enjoy the same dishes as everyone else in the group. As we sipped our drinks we feasted on bruschetta, a charuterie plate, and lobster salad crostini.

Charcuterie Plate

Lobster Salad Crostini

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I enjoyed all three dishes, everything was incredible flavorful and delicious, and I plan on going back for dinner very soon.

I had such a fun afternoon trying Core Fusion for the first time, sampling tasty bites, and mingling with other bloggers!I am so glad I was introduced to this class, although some of the moves were challenging, I really enjoyed the workout and hope to take more barre classes in the future.IMG_5317

For more information about Barre to Bar (offered Monday through Friday) contact Exhale at 617-603-3100 or sign-up online at Thanks again to Sam and Meg from Exhale for your wonderful hospitality, and Jen and Kerrie for organizing this great event!

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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