I did it! After literally months of procrastinating going to a barre class, I finally tried it yesterday evening! Yes, it is as terrible as you think it will be, but no, you will not hate it, you will hate how much you love it. I don’t think my barre recap will ever be as hilariously awesome as THIS ONE, but I can only try.
I researched all of the classes at St. Albert Sculpt Barre and put the Tuesday evening class into my calendar AND wrote it IN PEN in my agenda. The biggest hurdle for me was honestly just getting to the class. On my way out the door in the morning as I was heading to school, I grabbed some tights and a tank and threw them in my car so that I had no excuse not to go when I got home from school. I got there early and was the third one to the studio. I checked in and let them know it was my first time. The ladies working were super nice and showed me around the adorable studio, including where I could change, the lockers I could use, and how to set up for class!
I paid only for the drop-in class fee, but I also had to purchase socks to do the class. They are “grippy” socks that are mandatory so you don’t slip on the studio floors. The instructor told me that for my first time I should grab the 1lb. weights. (When she left I grabbed the 1lb. and 2lb. weights… I didn’t use the 2lb. weights). When the class started there were about 12 women in the room. The maximum is 18, but that room would be pretty crowded with a full class!
We started with the weights, doing shoulder movement. I actually thought my shoulders were going to fall off at this point in time. I was really worried about what I had gotten myself into. The pulses, the little circles, the pulsed reps, all without rest and with the lightest weight possible, but ohhhhhh the burrrrrn.
We were finally allowed to drop our arms, we did plie squats until our quads were screaming, and then we headed to the barre to do some pulsing pushups on the bar. It felt so good… and difficult. We moved into leg work on the bar. We did more squats, single leg squats, and everything imaginable to literally make my legs SHAKE. It is the pulses that make it burn, you are holding these moves and pulsing for so long that your muscles are burning and it feels amazing.
If there is one muscle group I am super proud of, it would be my glutes. We got on all fours, and lifted one leg behind us at a time and pulsed, circled, and did a million reps, and I rocked it. I think my glute strengthening exercises are really paying off because unlike the other moves, I was one of the strongest in the class for the glute movements.
After the glute work we did some core work which was amazing and gave me tons of insight into what I can do in my normal gym workouts instead of ridiculously monotonous crunches to work my abs. Placing a ball (that we used for squats and such too) behind out backs, we sat in a V and did pulses and it was killer! The hour truly flew by and before I knew it we were stretching! The amount of time you spend pulsing, burning, shaking, and trying to concentrate on maintaining your form makes the class go by really fast!
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the class. It was a full body strength workout and I was amazed at how much I was able to work by muscles using either no weight or 1lb. dumbbells. I have tried and tried again to convince myself I want to join the yoga cult but I really don’t like it… this cult however, I could fall for. The only true downside to this type of workout is the price. I already pay for a gym membership and spin classes, so adding the cost of pure barre would be a lot. I am thinking about getting a 10-pass and doing it once every two weeks or something… hint: this would make a really great Christmas gift, wink, wink!
My second “try something new” challenge of the month was a huge success and I am really glad I tried barre. It was really hard and I haven’t felt such a good burn in a looooooong time. It would be a great way to strength train without hitting the gym and lifting. If you want to switch up your workout, challenge yourself, or just try something totally new, I definitely would recommend the class. It is a little pricey but if you can afford it, it is a great workout. Most studios have an intro two-week unlimited pass so you could try that and go as much as you can to get the most out of it! Or, ask for a punch pass for Christmas!
Edmonton readers… anyone want to meet me at the barre? 😉
On to Challenge #3! In case you missed November Challenge #1, you can check it out HERE!
Have you tried Pure Barre?