Not all barre is created equal
I have wanted to try barre classes for a long time. I was a dancer growing up (primarily ballet to be exact) and just the mention of “barre” made me a little giddy again. Although my point shoes and tutu were long ago retired I figured I just had to try this out and see what it was like.
I am glad I tried out so many different barre studios because as the title of this post points out: not all barre classes are created equal.
One of my favorite that I tried was Pure Barre in Lincoln Park. I had the pleasure of trying this out with some other running bloggers.
The studio was surprisingly easy to get to in the city of Chicago in a prime spot and I instantly felt welcome the moment I walked in. I have been at other barre studios where the first greeting felt a little… stiff.
I was given a quick tour (per usual protocol for a first timer) and explanation of what I needed to grab for class (weights, medicine ball, and resistance band).
The class was an hour long and it was tough. My core has suffered immensely since having my daughter 6 months ago and this was just what I needed to start whipping that back into shape. The instructor was great and although I was shaking (don’t worry, that’s a good thing), the class was somewhat calming too. Much different than boot camp type classes.
I felt wobbly after leaving the class for sure and was sore for a couple days. The good kind of sore of course. It was a class that you knew was working your muscles but you weren’t jumping around dripping sweat.
I seriously believe these classes will change your body. They will make you stronger, leaner, and feel great. I think they are perfect for someone like me who loves to run too.
In other words, I think I’m kind of in love with the class!
I will give a tip for anyone doing this for the first time though. I suggest getting there early and maybe asking the instructor for some information on the basic moves you are asked to do. You will probably be a little more comfortable then and I think with time, you learn the flow of the class and it becomes more routine for you.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to try this and I will definitely be back.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.