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fitness: 10 thoughts you have during your first barre class

fitness: 10 thoughts you have during your first barre class

Last week my bossy, big sister dragged my jiggly bum out of bed at 7:30 in the morning for my very first barre class.

I’ve done a lot of different types of group exercise classes - P90x, step aerobics, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, kickboxing, kettle bell, spin, and even pole dancing. But I hadn’t tried barre yet. Not for any particular reason…I just hadn’t got there yet.

Little did I know, my sister had plans to trick me into exercising on my vacation. She’s a real peach.

If you’ve never tried barre, it’s basically Pilates and yoga with props and a ballet barre. The experience was 100% awkward, weird, and painful. Basically, all the makings of a great workout.

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Here are 10 thoughts you might have during your first barre class:

  1. PUSH UPS? No one told me there would be push ups. I didn’t sign up for push ups.

  2. Tuck left? How does one tuck their tailbone left, exactly?

  3. I don’t know this chick next to me from Adam but I’ve been staring at her butt for so long I could probably pick it out of a line up ten years from now.

  4. Holy cow, the top of my bum is burning. I didn’t even know I had a muscle there. When does this torture end?

  5. Excuse me, you want me to do what with this ball?

  6. My legs don’t bend that way.

  7. Why is this lady touching my feet? Is she correcting my posture or is it, like, a weird fetish thing?

  8. You said 10 more reps 10 reps ago. You’re giving me trust issues.

  9. How is it that I am COVERED in sweat and everyone else is powder-dry?

  10. Oh my goodness, it’s over. Thank the Lord above. Now, where do I sign up for my next session.

Barre was a whole new challenge. Much like Pilates, it focuses on tiny movements and pulses but includes a short cardio and body weight exercise warm up followed by upper body, lower body, and ab components. Plus, a lovely bit of yoga after each muscle group.

My whole body hurt the next day. This stuff is serious business. As a newbie, I had quite a bit of failure throughout the class but my instructor offered plenty of modifications and encouragement.

I’m excited to seek out barre class now that I’m home and add it to my rotation. Big shout out to my big sis, Kay Kay, for pushing me out of my comfort zone and showing me something new.

If you’re interested in checking out Pure Barre, find your nearest location here.

Have you tried a barre class before? What did you think? What type of group exercise class should I try next?

This post is not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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