I was driving home last night and I got to thinking in the car about what I use to do before I discovered Barre exercises. If you talk to someone who has fallen in love with Barre…it sounds like they are drinking the same kool-aid but honestly I really want to be able to put into words how passionate I am about it.
I’m serious give me a second here. I was a figure skater growing up and never had to worry about exercising because hello every day of my life was that. When I “retired” let’s call it and went to college I had to find a way for the first time in my life to work out. I would take the group exercises at the gym or sign up for my allotted half hour of treadmill time (did your college gym do that??? sign up for elliptical and treadmill times??) Don’t even get me started when it was 5:05 and some meat head in his PIKE shirt was running away cutting into my 30 minutes.
Fast forward to present day. Trying to get workouts in at my local gym which is basically just a place people go to get checked out and try to talk to you while you’re running….or the worst “do you mind I saw you doing those lateral raises….can I give you a few suggestions”. Clearly my earphones in and my hateful look is not enough to keep a 10 foot barrier around me.
Or please tell about about the straight up shenanigans riot that it is when you have to sign up 30 minutes in advance for a spin class?? So you’re telling me the class starts at 6….but I need to get there at 5:30 and THEN DO WHAT for 30 minutes??? Workout? Do some abs? I want to take a spin class right now but now you have stolen 30 minutes of my life that I could have been halfway done with my workout. Isn’t it the worst when you go to a spin class with just your spin shoes and they’re like “sorry no more spots”….those poor front desk High School students…..I may have unleashed my wrath on them a time or two “WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT’S 5:35….how is it sold out???? I only have my spin shoes and I’m in sandals what am I suppose to do now???”
I had to put it in….I think next year Gator Nation it will be more of this…..
Then one of my girlfriends from work was telling me about a new Pure Barre studio that was opening right by our office and that I had to check it out. I’m not joking when I say I was literally hooked after my first class! For once I finally found a workout that my former skater athletic body was craving. There was no bouncing around….no “toe taps” or the “grapevine” in the beginning to “warm up”. I didn’t fear for my life with being my clumsy self because there was no step involved.
The studio is small and intimate and you think I’m being corny when I say everyone is so friendly and helpful but it really is the truth. Sit down and start chatting with your neighbor and mention how it’s your first class and you’ll see them light up…. “You will totally love it! I am completely addicted”.
That’s where it came full circle for me as I was driving home. Someone had covered my class for me yesterday so I said I would pick up her class tonight. So I taught a class….then stayed and took the following class and then taught the last one of the night. My sister asked me when I was driving home “okay crazy lady how are you feeling?” My honest answer was “I feel great actually”. I am honestly so passionate about Barre and the feeling you get when you leave a class….so centered, calm and accomplished. My body has never been so lean and toned. I haven’t had to worry about my weight. The number one thing that I cannot stop gushing about is my flexibility. My hamstrings had gotten so tight from running and spin I couldn’t even touch my toes. I had never been able to do a split and I finally tonight hit my goal of being able to go into a full split on both sides.
I have been taking Pure Barre for almost 1 1/2 years and now teaching….and I am not burnt out of it like I usually get with other exercises. I still love it I think even more than the first day I started. I mean I think you can tell how devoted I am…(cough cough) I did like kind of name my blog after it.
I love bringing people and getting them hooked. My sister up in New Jersey and my sister in law over in Texas….both addicted. Poor Mark if we are ever out and I run into Barre girls….it’s like at least a 20 minute conversation. You really get to know so many amazing people.
So my question to you. Have you found that one exercise that was just a lightbulb moment for you? Like your body just clicked when you found it and now you can’t imagine living without it? Let me know I want to hear what drives your fitness and health regimen. Hope you have a great day! xoxoxoxo
p.s If you want more information about Barre Classescheckthis post. btw I am not paid or given anything for these love feast sessions just thought you should know ;-)