2 years ago, I was on a girls’ trip out of town, and my best friend from high school
dragged brought me to my first Pure Barre Class. It was not long after the birth of my child and I was getting back into the gym, eating better, and making positive changes to get healthy again. In fact, I had been working out with a personal trainer and entered into my first class thinking it was going to be “fun”. Ha. A few excerpts from my brain during that first class…
Those weights are small.
Why are these weights so heavy?!
Wait, that was only the warm-up?!
Ummm, why are my legs having seizures?
My leg is supposed to go where?
Sweet, I’ve made it. They just turned the lights down, that must mean class is over.
(*%! Dang. It’s not over.
My. Abs. Hurt.
I am definitely going to be feeling that tomorrow.
As you can see, this was NOT what I had expected. In fact, after that first class, it took me two months to go to my local studio. And when I did, I committed for one month only. So, how did all this change? How did I go from waiting two months before braving a 2nd attempt to now taking Pure Barre classes wherever I go and planning on taking my 500th class later this year?
1. Progress beyond the scale
It’s easy when trying to get back into shape to focus only on the numbers showing on the scale. And, yes, with Pure Barre I did lose weight. But, even before my clothes began to fit differently, I noticed other changes which kept me motivated … my flexibility improved – I could go further in my stretches and hold them longer. I progressed from not being able to do a single full body pushup to completing all of them during the warmups. My legs and shoulders started to show more and more definition. My strength increased – picking up my child became easier (despite his rapidly growing size!), and I began to notice less backache at the end of a long day at work. This workout changes your entire body, not just in pounds, but also in inches, in strength and in flexibility.
2. Inspiration outside of class
Pure Barre is challenging. Okay, let’s be real, it’s hard! And even though it seems unrelated, Pure Barre has really started helping my diet as well. Yes, there are some days I still *might* eat a cookie in the parking lot before class (hypothetically speaking of course), but lately I have really been asking myself – do I want to throw away all that hard work I just did by making this not-so-smart food choice? And let me tell you, after I have literally gotten my rear end kicked for the past hour, I want to make it count!
I love my studio. I can’t say it enough. I’m sure some of this is because I work with a bunch of men for the most part, and it’s kinda nice to have some girl time, but I really do appreciate my time with the instructors and classmates. Bonds are made at the barre. Trust me, when you are pulling off of the barre, tucking, lifting, and shaking, the best person to understand what you are going through is standing next to you! These bonds carry over into “real life”, and I am now proud to count several of my classmates as friends. Plus, who else is going to help you glare at the instructor to start calling out “Final 10”?
Every class is unique – the exercises, the music, your classmates. This keeps the workout new and fresh and never boring. Plus, honestly, I’m not sure how you can get bored when you are sweating so much 🙂
5. Always something…
to work on. Whether it is going deeper into thigh work or working on the splits or building up to the 3 pound weights, there is always something to improve upon, become better at, or a new goal to set. And these new goals provide continued, new motivation to stay consistent both at the barre and at the dinner table.
So, here I am, celebrating my barre-versary, and thankful to my best friend who introduced me, the instructors who continue to push and inspire me, and my classmates who sweat with me.
Awesome! All true! Ive been doing for a few years but havent hit 500 yet.
Got to see your post on marrying a female physician on kevinmd.com and loved it. not a physician myself since i drill on teeth, but i can relate to the hospital life thru residency and the juggling of a myriad of things. glad I found your blog and actually will be trying out barre next week. looking forward to reading more! best, v
Yes, these reasons apply to so many women, in all sorts of professions. I am so glad you found our blog, and thank you for the positive words 🙂
Found u through the kevin md posted article. Many family and friends tagged me in that article so I had to read it. My go to line is that I’m a flight attendant or a transportation person in the hospital who wheels people to X-ray (if I have my scrubs on). I loved the article. I am an OBGYN who is mid (to late) 30s and not married. I am now part of your blog. Love it.