A few weeks ago, I decided to try barre class for the first time at the Pure Barre studio near me. My boyfriend’s mom has been doing it for awhile and highly recommended it, and invited me to give it a try with her! The first class is free, so I thought, why not?
So I walk in, get signed in, and take my spot. There is a resistance band and a small exercise ball waiting for me. Every girl in this class was ripped. I mean the fittest girls I’ve ever seen.
I was a little overly confident in my abilities. After all, I do zumba twice a week, run, and am pretty active most days, and am a former dancer, I’ll be great! But this was a strength class and a whole new monster.
We began with a warm up. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! Planks, pushups, arm weight exercises. It might have been harder than the actual workout. The rest of the class we switched between barre exercises and stretching on the floor. Barre is all about small, purposeful movements that work every part of your body. There were some excruciating moments, and I’m pretty sure I blacked out at one point because it was so intense! By the time class was over, I was exhausted and glad to be done! I could already feel the sore muscles starting. I thought, never again.
I was sore for a good two days, mostly my arms and abs. So much sore. Ouch. Why did I do this to myself?
Yet…I did my second class last night. I guess I’m a masochist.
(note, 2nd class was much easier and I’m not as sore! yay!)
Conclusion. Barre class is painful as heck especially if you have little muscle strength. But it’s a great workout!
See you at the barre.