Author Archives: Kandyce Baker, Criminology, Law and Justice

Try the Bar Method. You won’t regret it!

A couple weeks ago, my co-worker emailed everyone about trying this new craze called the Bar Method. The only thing I have heard about The Bar Method is that it’s hard and long pants are required. I was intimidated, but excited at the same time.  So, we went to the location located in the Loop, 180 N. Wacker Drive,  2nd floor

It was clear these people were in the business of customer satisfaction. Immediately after signing in I was given a tour of the facility.  After the class started, the instructor made a point to say everyone’s name when giving direction.  (“Kandyce, try widening your stance.”)

The class itself was pretty hard.  The only way I can describe it is that it was Pilates on Steroids. I didn’t sweat a lot, but it involved a lot of isolation and pulse moves.   It only took a couple of hours after the class for me to feel the burn.

Promo image for the Bar Method. Imagine standing like this for two minutes.

Side note:  Also, shout out to UIC CAMPUS RECREATION, I am really digging the Halloween decorations.

Desk attendant at SRF in the Halloween spirit.

Congratulations  to any UICers who ran in the Chicago Marathon. My training is not quite complete so I did not run.

So taking a break from fitness, here’s a little about school.  In my GWS 501 class, we took a little “field trip” to the Sullivan Galleries located downtown on State Street. Susan Stryker was there giving a lecture and the place was packed!  Susan Stryker is an academic and the first transgendered person to have an article published in an academic journal.  UIC was definitely in the house as I saw a lot of familiar faces outside of my GWS class.


This week I decided that I should try Flirty Girl Fitness.   I will give you my little review plus the pros and cons of this cooler weather. Pumpkin Spice Latte = PRO.  Running with a huge jacket = CON.

Nothing could top last weekend

Me in Las Vegas Rock Climbing

Happy October! My name is Kandyce.  I am currently a grad student in the Criminology, Law and Justice department.  It is around this time in the semester when I begin to get in panic mode.   Waking up at 3 a.m. to finish homework and scratching my head wondering how I will ever survive the semester seems to become a daily ritual.  In fact, Tuesday I had to wake up at 4 a.m. to take the correctional officer exam in the suburbs.  I’m burnt out like many of the people in my cohort.  In order for me to stay sane, I have to find something I love outside of taking a class about serial killers.  For me I have found a love in fitness.

Fitness has been an important part of my life in the past few years.  My sister and I are both group fitness instructors, plus my mother recently lost 40 pounds in order to serve in Afghanistan (she left Wednesday).  It’s been a family affair and I love that we can bond and stay healthy at the same time.

What an awesome weekend for me in the fitness department!  I’m not even sure where to begin!  Well, I am currently training for the Honolulu Marathon with Team 2 End AIDS (T2).  T2 is a training endurance program where participants raise money for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and raise awareness by participating in certain events such as the Chicago Marathon and Chicago Triathlon.  Not only did I run a very nice 10 miler on Saturday, but on Sunday the annual AIDS Run and Walk Chicago happened at Soldier Field. I did not run in the event, but I did volunteer.  As a volunteer I got to chat and rub elbows with all of the VIP members, including Wanda Sykes, Jamar Rogers from “The Voice,” and Lt. Governor Sheila Simon.   To top it all off, on Monday, my supervisor informed me that I was voted “Fitness Instructor of the Month.”   So despite the fact that I had to read approximately 800 pages on a very depressing criminal justice topic this week, my weekend ended on a very high note.

Me with Jamar Rogers. (What a sweetheart. I felt like I was talking to an old friend.)


Me with Lt. Governor Sheila Simon. (Did you know she is addicted to watching Downton Abbey?)

Me with Wanda Sykes. ( I look WAY too excited to be in her presence!)

I look forward to sharing my training process with you as I prepare for the Honolulu Marathon in the next few months. I am actually from a suburb 15 minutes outside of Honolulu so I have mastered the art of occupying my time during the nine-hour-long flight. (Tip: Find a show everyone keeps talking about that you haven’t seen yet and download the first season on your laptop for the flight…*cough*Downton Abbey*cough)

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