Raising the Barre on Workouts

Do you ever catch yourself in the middle of doing something and wonder how the heck you got there? That was me on Thursday morning while I was sitting on the floor of my local Pure Barre, waiting to attend my first class. It might have been the fact that it was 5:30am, or maybe that 5 minutes into the class, my abs were already screaming at me.

I had been putting off trying the classes for a while. Part of me was afraid that once I started, I would want to commit to the classes and add another workout to my weekly routine. Once I realized that the resolutioners would soon be upon us, I decided that it was now or never.

A few things I learned from attending my first class:

  1. Read the information on the website before you sign up and attend. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have known to prepare to arrive about 15 minutes early so I could fill out the paperwork. I also wouldn't have know what the appropriate attire or footwear was for the class. Dressing incorrectly for events, whether just a workout class or a birthday party, majorly stresses me out. I'm sure someone else out there is just like me.
  2. It's very overwhelming if you don't have an idea of what to expect. I thought we would ease into the workout with an easy breezy warm up. Incorrect. You immediately get into the workout and get your heart rate up. The instructor is there to show you exactly what to do every step of the way though.
  3. Going to a less attended class your first time is best. There were only 4 of us in my 5:30am class and I was thankful for that. Less people to see that I had no idea what the heck I was doing. But the 9:30am class I attended Saturday morning? There were about 30 of us all scrunched together along the barre. It would have been way easier to feel overwhelmed while surrounded by so many barre vets and I probably wouldn't have enjoyed the workout as much.

My overall thoughts? I think the fact that I attended another class just 2 days later is evidence that I loved it. It gave me a completely different workout then I currently get from running and weight lifting. I'm always looking for new ways to challenge myself physically, and barre provides just that.