Let’s get real, I hate working out! I mean who doesn’t?! But since I am getting married soon, I decided I need to get my lazy butt in shape. I’m not looking to loose weight or get super buff for my wedding, I’m just looking to get a little definition back in my arms, back and abs while I continue to eat tacos and ice cream.
Everyone told me I should do barre because it is perfect for toning and defining muscles, so I finally bit the bullet and signed up at Smart Barre. I have committed to three classes a week for two months…I might be in over my head but week 1 is down and I did it!
After three classes I’m feeling very positive about working out again. Barre class is not as hard as I thought it was going to be, now don’t get me wrong it’s challenging and my muscles shake more than Taylor Swift, but it isn’t unbearable.
I have been to workout classes before where after 10 minutes I think “OMG I still have 5o minutes left in the class there is no way I am going make it”. With barre they break it up into sections. It’s typically a warm up, arms, legs, abs and then a cool down. With this structure I know the arms are horrible, but once I’m done I’m done for the class. This makes it a little more comforting when I’m struggling to finish a section.
The environment at Smart Barre is positive and the instructors are motivational by reminding us to do it for you and that you’re worth it. As silly as that sounds when you are dying it’s a nice affirmation to get your though the class.
One of my biggest problems with group exercise is that I’m very competitive and I normally feel like I have to be the best in the class. The exercises are tiny intricate movements that require a lot thought on your your posture and movement. Since everyone is concentrating so hard on themselves no one has time to judge or worry about what anyone else is doing.
Finally, my favorite part is that you have to book your class a head of time. This may sound annoying but it truly keeps me accountable. I try to sign up a day or two in advance so that I know I have to go and I can plan my day around it. When working out at home or going to the gym, I would always tell myself I’ll do it tomorrow but with this I have no option I already signed up and my name is on a list.
All in all it’s been great first week. I haven’t seen any improvements yet, but I do feel more energized. I’ll be keeping you updated, so check back in about a month to see how I’m feeling after a month of classes.
This post was written in collaboration with Smart Barre Camp Bowie but all opinions are my own.