Updated: Nov 13, 2020
I previously have written about the benefits of cross training. Today, I actually took myself up on this recommendation. I ran this morning with some friends--you know, stick with what you know.
Then, I did a Purebarre class. Last week I got an email offering a free trial class. I figured, hey why not? I took ballet for 10 years when I was younger. I like pilates. I am in pretty good shape. So yes, let's do this! I dragged my friend with me, she came willingly. (See below for how that went!)
What I learned today about barre:
I have more muscles in my hamstrings than I remember.
My 5 minute plank did not prepare me for the integrated plank work we did.
There is a whole other world of fitness that I am far from perfecting.
I am not the dancer that I used to be.
My friend told me we were no longer friends about 5 minutes into class
Barre is a (good) challenge.
But let me tell you, even though I cannot stand without pause, today was one of the best workouts I have had in a long time. It was full body: arms, legs, core.
After class the instructor came and chatted, she told us about the other classes that offer more of a cardio incorporation into the barre work--now she is speaking my language.
Final take home message--cross training is a very valuable resource. Maybe though don't run 6 miles and then try a new cross training routine in the same day! Barre is a great option if you are looking for a really intense and focused workout--I will definitely be back.
(And don't worry, we are still friends...we made up over smoothies at Clean Juice!)
Thank you so much for having me, Purebarre Southern Pines!
...until next time