For years I have heard people talk about barre class with almost religious fervor. Those that go to barre classes on a consistent basis swear that is the best and most complete exercise out there, that EVERYONE should give it a try. It has fanatical following up there with cross fit. And like with cross fit, I am skeptical. (I will be giving cross fit a try at some point this year.)
The women I know who attend barre class religiously tend to be the super feminine and fashionable, neither adjective is one I would use to describe myself. So I had always stayed away from barre class under the assumption that barre wasn’t going to be for me. I know, I know, I should be open-minded and not so judgemental, but hey, I am working on it!
Since my objective this year is to try new things and expand my comfort zone, I figured barre would be a good thing to put on my “to try” list. Plus I was able to secure a Groupon to place that also offers aerial silk classes and trampoline classes. Guess what you will be hearing about over the next few months?!
So this past week, I bit the bullet and enrolled in my first ever barre class. And I was nervous about it. Nervous that I would be as out-of-place at barre class with the super feminine, upper middle class ladies with endless disposable income as I was at my MMA class.
Turns out, I fit in better at barre class vs MMA class, which should have been a given simply by the fact that MMA is a male dominated, and barre female dominated! But I did feel decidedly less “girlie” than the others ladies in my class, and I definitely was not as put together as the others in my class. I was slightly more harried appearing rushing to class after work.
My class seemed filled with regulars, only one other lady and I were newbies. But the instructor was very attentive and helpful, constantly walking around the room and checking form and posture.
I knew barre class would be difficult. I mean, it is built off of the workout from ballerina’s and those ladies are tough! I had also heard enough from friends and coworkers who have gone to know that it’s a killer workout, but I was not prepared for how hard it was going to be! I had erroneously assumed that lifting weights 2x a week would have prepared me (at least some!) for the rigors of barre class. And maybe it did a little, but I was still amazed at the difficulty and muscle pain associated with the small, targeted, movements and holds of barre!
I did a decent job staying with the glass, doing some modifications, but I did have to a couple of quick muscle breaks. I was very glad once my hour was up, because I needed a break!
Did I enjoy barre? Yes, I did. I was really surprised at how quickly my hour passed! And you really do get a total body muscular workout! I didn’t notice much cardio, but it could be the class I selected.
Would I do it again? Quite possibly, though the non-Groupon price may keep me from extending past my trail period. Barre is seriously expensive! I know all ’boutique’ workouts are, but I was shocked at the price, maybe I shouldn’t have been. Where I went, prices range from $15 per class to an unlimited monthly rate of $138 (if you buy 12 months at once). I don’t know if this is a standard price, but for me, I am not sure that I enjoyed it enough to want to do purchase a more sustaining membership.
My first foray to barre was a fun one and I am glad to say that I have tried it. But one visit was not enough to make me a die-hard barre supporter. Maybe I need to adjust my goal this year and do some longer running adventures? A month of barre? A month of jiu jitsu, just so I can get a better feel of things.
Something for me to think on…
Hope you are doing well and see you back next time!