Tales from The Fit: Nadia Murdock on raising your personal barre for better health

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Nadia Murdock is a nationally recognized fitness coach, published author and the founder of Nadia Murdock fit.  

Nadia’s barre method extends far beyond the principles of a typical ballet based practice. Her unique brand of body and brain work results in a signature workout that’s as physically challenging as it is mentally liberating.

I had a chance to chat with Nadia at The Beautiful Body’s SWEAT SAVOR SLAY event about her long-standing love affair with exercise and why she never goes a single day without breaking a sweat.

Nadia’s barre method extends far beyond the principles of a ballet based practice. Her unique brand of body and brain work results in a signature workout that’s as physically challenging as it is mentally liberating.

I had a chance to chat with Nadia at The Beautiful Body’s SWEAT SAVOR SLAY event about her long-standing love affair with exercise and why she never goes a single day without breaking a sweat.

TBB

When and why did you decide to pursue a career in fitness?

NM

I launched Nadia Murdock fit in 2012 but I has been a fitness enthusiast long before that.  I gained a lot of weight in college and was trying to find a way to live a healthy life and that passion turned into my career.

TBB

Do you have a ballet/dance background?  Why did you decide to focus on teaching barre specifically?

NM

I don’t have a ballet or dance background, I actually came from the corporate world.  After taking a lot of classes and really self educating myself I became certified, first as a personal trainer, I dabbled a little in Zumba and then transitioned into barre and decided to make it my focus because I really loved what it did for my body and my spirit. I was essentially my first client.

TBB

Is barre the only style of exercise you personally practice?

NM

Barre is not the only style of exercise I practice.  I do A Lot of different things.  I do yoga, I lift weights, I still do Zumba from time to time…I love all forms of dance. I find different ways to shock my body because doing the same thing over and over becomes stagnant and boring quite frankly.

TBB

What are the benefits to working out in a group setting vs one on one?

NM

I think 2 of the main benefits of working out in a group setting are accountability and motivation…sometimes when you feel like you can‘t push yourself though, the group setting really gives you that extra boost to keep going and make it to the end.

TBB

So, if WHO you work out with helps motivate you can WHAT you wear to workout also have an effect?

NM

I think what you wear does play a part and can help motivate you and can also help you recognize progress.   For example: on w you start reaching some of your fitness goals you’ll notice how things look and fit and feel differently on your body- which can be rewarding…that shouldn’t be your main goal but it’s a definite perk!

TBB

How do you recommend dealing with folks in your personal group who aren’t necessarily as motivated or are straight up unsupportive of your fitness goals?

NM

If you can’t get the unsupportive on board with your goals then I recommend knowing when and where to separate yourself from them…maybe they’re not supportive of you hitting the gym, so don’t share that part of your schedule with them.  If going out to eat with someone is stressful because of what you’re choosing to eat, try meeting for coffee instead of a meal.  The more deeply committed you become the easier it will be to make certain relationship “tweaks”.

Check out the video below for more of our conversation including Nadia’s 3 tips for living a healthier lifestyle in the new year and beyond.  For more on Nadia and to find her class schedule visit NadiaMurdockfit.com.

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