It’s not a typo; you read right; and yes, I made that word up, but it was absolutely necessary in order to successfully describe my most recent workout experience.
This week, I tried out a barre technique. It involved different floor workouts, stretches and small movements utilizing a ballet barre and believe it or not, these small movements make your fat cry.
I heard about this from a co-worker of mine who said she taught barre classes. Well, I heard it as “bar classes”, so when she offered me a guest pass, I was ready to learn how to make some stiff drinks and throw them back, but alas, I had the wrong bar.
So after explaining the double “r” and “ends-in-e” discretion, I still was down to give it a try. I changed into my yoga pants, socks, sports bra and tank and headed to the Pure Barre studio with two other co-workers to see what this barre thing was all about.
The studio had such a great vibe to it — cozy atmosphere, friendly staff members and dim lighting in the workout room (dim in comparison to a regular gym, at least). Taking the 5:35 p.m. class, the class was full with those just escaping their 9 to 5 office job and ready to focus on something else, and I was right there with them.
Our instructor was Lindsay, and she was the perfect balance of pep, encouragement and focus. She explained things in a way that helped the first-timers immensely and served as subtle reminders for the regular barre goers. The music was upbeat but not screaming at me. There were enough people there as motivators, but not knocking into each other during stretches and exercises.
The movements for each workout are surprisingly small, like just an inch or so, but staying up on your toes and tucking and holding and freezing (yeah, I picked up some barre vocab) really gets your muscles shaking. But the great thing about barre is after working out a certain part of your body, you stretch it out before moving on to the next thing. This little break is what made the class more relaxing and kept me from looking for the time every couple of minutes.
After about an hour of stretches and exercises, all my muscles were tired. I had done a full-body workout that I could not have motivated myself to do alone at the gym. Abs, legs, arms… we did it all. Plus, I felt more relaxed than if I had just gone for a run. This alternative method gave me the opportunity to focus in on my mind and body and escape to faraway places while I exercised. At the gym, I just have earbuds screaming rap and electro music into my skull and yell at myself to do more. Needless to say, I don’t leave the gym relaxed.
Thanks to Pure Barre, I have found a whole new technique that just may be my new jam. Plus, their classes switch up each time, so there will be no getting bored with them, unlike classes at the gym that have the same routines and songs every single time. (I’m bored just thinking about them!)
For you Buffalonians who may be interested, Pure Barre on Transit Road is having a special for 40 days of unlimited classes at an all-time low price. It lasts until Sept. 1, so check it out! You’ll see me there!
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