I’m a FIRM believer in changing up your workouts….frequently. In fact, I just made a huge change to my routine by taking a break from my usual Les Mills group fitness classes (including Body Pump + Body Step) & committing to a solid month of intense barre classes. If you know anything about these types of group fitness classes, you also know how DIFFERENT they are! It’s a BIG change! As I’ve mentioned MANY times since last December, I haven’t quite fallen back in love with heavy weight lifting. I know….shocking! I took some time away, then had that lovely hernia surgery (the hernia a direct result of heavy lifting in some capacity) & I haven’t quite gotten back into it. That said, I do believe weight lifting is 100% beneficial for women & trust me, these arms NEED weights, but maybe just not as heavy as I was lifting pre-surgeries. Fast forward to that AWESOME new barre studio (B Present Studio) that opened in our town & feeling like I needed to change a few things workout-wise, and it just happened to be perfect timing! A break from what had become routine, and a new beginning with a form of exercise I am STILL getting used to!
In fact, want to hear some of my initial thoughts about barre class? Here you go:
- Who KNEW I’d sweat so much? Seriously, I cruised into my first barre boot camp class with a light pink tank, only to quickly realize that black is essential in order to mask all the sweat! Lesson learned!
- Group fitness, is group fitness no matter what type of exercise format you are doing. It’s magical, inspiring & really the ONLY way I can push myself through a killer workout. I’ve met some awesome gals in these new classes & the instructors have all been top notch!
- 3lb. weights can cause severe pain….that is, when you do about 1,000 reps while squeezing, squatting, tucking…..!!!! Ouch! My triceps have never been more sore!
- There IS cardio in barre…..there are burpees too! I guess I’m not escaping those!
- I’ve definitely had sore abdominal muscles, but it’s rare that I can say my entire midsection is sore. Barre has definitely allowed me to focus (more) on rebuilding my core (after hernia surgery). If I’m left up to doing abs & core work at home, I will only do it sporadically – and probably half-assed.
- I guess I’ll work my calves. Truthfully this is an area I NEVER work – no calf raises, etc. It’s impossible NOT to in barre – I mean, try standing on your toes & not feeling a burn in your calves. Not possible! Now as long as I’m just toning & not making those babies bigger, I’m cool with that.
- If it’s possible for leg muscles to swell and rebel? That’s exactly what mine did after my first 7 barre classes…in a row. I went to put my ever-faithful (and great fitting) white jeans on for church during the tail end of my barre marathon and good lordy they felt tight! Now, I’ve worn the same jeans since & had little trouble, soooooo seriously….I think my muscles were super confused.
- I had to drag out my ancient Lululemon yoga mat. I need a new mat desperately…..
- I love wearing flip flops to class! No shoes necessary for these workouts!
- B Present Studio is located in close proximity to Starbucks….always a huge bonus if you can grab coffee after class, right? The only way this situation could get BETTER is if there was a Patachou nearby! Then, we’d be golden!
Stay tuned for more updates on my “month of barre” & if you’re in the Fishers-area, come join me for a class! I promise you’ll discover muscles you never knew you had!
xoxo – Jamie
P.S. While I have committed to my month of barre, I will also continue to include some weight lifting at home, walking + running because…..you know me.