Thoughts After My Very First Barre Class

My bum is sore.

I’ve tried to go to various gyms on and off over the past few years, and I always tend to stick to the elliptical and zone out while I just get through it. I’ve been looking into getting a membership to a class based program, but time constraints due to work and school prevented that, and it’s so expensive.

However, I finally got funded by the university, and hopefully this means that some of the money that used to go to tuition can be rerouted to paying for barre class.

The studio I want to go to offers a complimentary class if you sit through a brief “orientation” which is basically the same stuff that’s on the website. So I did that, and then attended the barre class immediately following.

It was intense. But not how I was expecting. It involved a lot of small movements, mostly on a yoga mat. It’s like if hot yoga and pilates had a baby. In a 98.6 degree room. Good gravy that studio was hot. I don’t understand why people try to put yoga in a hot room. My people invented yoga, and let me tell you, the OG yogis did it on a beach at dawn wearing linen skirts.

The small movements left me shaking. It was surprising, because it looked super easy, but was a pretty tough work out, especially since it was my first time. I’m fairly flexible, but a lot of the stretches were new to me and I wasn’t able to do them all the way. I was also the heaviest person in the room. I felt awkward in front of the mirrors, especially since the ladies on either side of me looked like they’d be blown away if the instructor turned the fans on. So I avoided looking in the mirror.

Something else that was difficult was doing anything that relied on resting any weight on my right wrist or ankle, which I hurt nearly ten years ago in an old soccer related injury. I tried my best to work around it, but I can definitely feel both two hours later.

Overall I enjoyed it, and if my budget allows, I’d like to continue going.

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