A few days ago I was chatting with my blog buds about whether or not we thought of ourselves as “sporty” people. In elementary school I always had the fastest mile time in P.E. and I was on a recreational swim team. In middle school I played a school sport every season and I also did recreational swimming. Then high school hit, I was sick with what I later found out was POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome), and I lost all motivation to do anything athletic. Granted, being in bed for two years it's hard to do anything, but now that I’m feeling better I want to be sporty; at least sportier.
This past year a barre studio opened up in Louisville called B.You Fitness and I was thinking about taking a class for the longest time. Note: thinking about. Lucky for me, the studio had a discount for the new year that made the classes super inexpensive and I decided that I should leap on this opportunity. So I did. Yesterday I took my first barre class. And guess what? I loved it.
photos by Pink Owl Photography
I loved every single minute, every single move, and I even loved the instructor. I always seem to find the meanest instructors at different studios, except when I took Zumba in Denver, but in my barre class everyone who worked there was super sweet. So anyway, barre fitness is my new thing. People who do yoga are yogis, so I guess barre people are baristas? I’m a barista now.
Just go with it ;)
If you’re interested in taking a barre class, I totally recommend it! It’s not intimidating at all, and the moves are definitely do-able. In fact, if there’s a move that is especially hard the instructor typically gives an alternate move so that you feel you are getting the most out of your workout. Below are a few tips/insights on being a “barista”:
1. Bring water! You’re going to need it. 2. If you’re shaking during the workout, then you’re doing something right! Don’t feel like you look goofy, 'cause 'ya don’t. 3. Don’t compare yourself to other people in the class! Everyone’s bodies are different and you have to do what you can do, not what other people are doing. 4. Lululemon was a common theme. I wore an old tie-dye shirt, and stuck out a little bit. It was fine, but next time I think I’ll wear a more fashionable workout outfit. I wish those Athleta sparkle tights had been available in a size small!! Grrr... 5. Your body will feel weak the rest of the day and maybe the next. In fact, as I type this I can’t really feel my arms.
So there you have it! I can’t wait to go to another barre class tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day.
Have you ever taken a barre class? Did you like it? Any other fitness class suggestions for me… I'm keeping my resolution to work out!