Not all barre is created equal

January 8, 2015|Posted in: Health, Workouts

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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.

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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.