My First Barre Class: A Far Cry From The Splits

Since it is pretty much beach weather year-round in lovely Georgia, I have decided to get my booty in gear! I found a lovely little gym here in the south and started off my new membership with a barre class. I had no idea what barre was…I do now!

I got to the gym early, as it was my first visit. I was welcomed by the owner and he helped me sign in on their iPad. All class bookings can be done online and it is super fast. I just selected which class I wanted on the website, and when I got there the iPad already had all my info.

The owner showed me the different rooms – they have spin rooms, barre/yoga rooms, and general exercise rooms. The gym was small but very well appointed. They mostly focus on classes which also includes yoga, spinning and something called Oxy Blast (sounds intense).

I walked back to the room where the barre class was to be held and got the required items – a fitness band, yoga block and some weights. I honestly had no idea what I was in for. I thought barre would be like ballet, I was only partially correct!

“Barre fitness classes are simply ballet-inspired, incorporating a ballet barre and maybe some plies and pirouettes here and there into the workout. Essentially, barre classes mix elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional training, and the moves are choreographed to motivating music. In each energizing and targeted workout, you’ll use the barre and exercise equipment such as mini-balls and small hand weights to sculpt, slim and stretch your entire body.”

Sculpt it did! Whew. We started off with some stretching, and before I knew it we were going for gold. Barre had some intense moves, using balance and stability to engage core muscle I did not even know I had. My days of being a limber lady are all gone! The room was lined with mirrors so I could watch my form. I had to look away at times because I was embarrassed about how exhausted I looked!

With some bumpin’ tunes, everyone stayed motivated. I had a hard time keep up because the instructor wasn’t demonstrating all the moves, she would just describe them. For a newbie, I ended up watching others who may or may not have had good form. She did correct my form a few times, but since I hadn’t seen the moves it was no wonder I was all wrong! I was in “pretzel” all kinds of backwards – oy!

I can definitely feel it today – the workout was hard and used muscles from every group: back, legs, butt, abs, arms… everything! Looking forward to another class, and hopefully over time I can get back to the days when I was limber. I am a far cry from the splits as of now!

Happy to try something new and get my fitness on. I am really excited to try spin and maybe some hot yoga, too!


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