I was first introduced to Barre in San Francisco.
I went to The Bar Method and I have to admit, I was not impressed initially. Being the cardio queen that I am, if I’m not dripping sweat, smelling like a dirty camel and heart pounding, I’m not satisfied.
Then, I woke up the next day and felt pings and pains in parts of my arms, butts and legs I never knew existed. I then realized I really WASN’T working every muscle in my body through running, cycle and bootcamps.
How is that possible?
Since then, I’ve been dying to get back and kill those muscles again. Crazy? I am married to Justin.
What is barre? From SparkPeople
While all barre workouts differ slightly in structure, most methods incorporate exercises done at a ballet barre (you can use the back of a chair at home) combined with elements of ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Barre exercises rely mainly upon one’s bodyweight for resistance, and the moves challenge your core stability and balance. Barre workouts are designed to help an individual achieve a “dancer’s body” — strong, sleek, and streamlined.
While I’m not saying a dancer’s body is perfection, if their muscles can stand that workout daily then I want to be that strong!
I tried out Corner Barre in Short Pump. It was a cute, clean studio and I seriously wanted the chandeliers for my own house. They had quite a crowd at the 8:15AM Friday class and all of the women seemed to be frequent flyers.
It definitely made me sore Saturday, no doubt, but it made me realize what I loved about The Bar Method. That instructor was less about doing the exercises herself and more about correcting form and syncing with the music. I did ballet when I was 5, but I can’t even remember what I had for dinner last night, so no way I can remember how to hold each pose. And, correct form is SO KEY in barre. You can easily cheat or easily injure yourself by performing the moves incorrectly.
I am going to go back and try some different instructors and varieties of classes, though. Always give something 3 shots!
Sunday I was able to try a friend’s new PureBarre studio out off River Road.
I just fell in love for the 3rd time. I’ll let you guess the other two…
(All photos taken from PureBarre’s instagram account)
I have never hated to love something so much. Just the right amount of direction and correction and perfect timing with motivating music. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
From PureBarre’s website:
In just 55 minutes you will achieve a full-body workout concentrating on the areas women struggle with the most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. The Pure Barre technique is low-impact, protecting your joints by avoiding any bouncing or jumping. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up!
I plan to do an entire post dedicated to barre technique after I happily torture my body through a few more sessions.
And Sarah did an AMAZING job decorating. You almost forget you are dying inside because you keep wondering what color paint she used and if it’ll work in your house.
If it wasn’t a 20 minute drive from my house I would literally be there daily. And, if Justin couldn’t see the charges on the credit card I would ignore the drive and be there twice a day. If you live in RVA you must visit Sarah over there. If I wasn’t 2 months away from popping a kid out, I’d beg Sarah to hire me and let me kill Justin in a workout everyday.
Not quite sure how I’m going to teach cycle or bootcamp this week since walking is now proving difficult…
Still need to visit RichmondBarre, but PureBarre is going to be one hard 55 minutes to top.
And finally, congratulations to my For Two Fitness tank winner
Have you tried Barre?
Which studio has been your fave?
What are your thoughts on it whether you have or not?