Barre is a lot of fun if you take out the last “re” of the word and just go to an actual bar, but if you’re looking for a high intensity workout, and want to live out the movie “Black Swan” but without the mental breakdown, then actual barre is the place for you! I’ve been attending barre classes at my yoga studio
inconsistently as hell for about a year now, and I really enjoy it! I love that I get an equal parts, arms, legs, and ab workout all for the price of one, not to mention using a ballet barre makes me feel super cool. If you’re on the fence about trying a barre class, I highly recommend it, but I’ve compiled a short list for you to ease your nerves on giving it a try:
- I have the wrist strength of a newborn, so me doing a plank is a lot like watching a folding table shake during an earthquake. I don’t have any tips on how to make planking easier, but if you can imagine me doing a terrible job, maybe you’ll feel better about yourself.
- The music selection might be confusing. I’m not sure how my class can go from Black Eyed Peas to Bon Iver, but you just have to power through it. In a dream world I would only workout to 90’s Mariah Carey hits, and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song, but to each their own.
- 75% of your class will probably be wearing Lululemon. Don’t let this discourage you. I too would like to be in a place in my life where I can freely purchase $95 leggings without doubling over in crippling guilt, but until then, I can settle for the Victoria Secret sport leggings I got for half price (that also came with a tote bag I’ll never use). Leggings are just leggings at the end of the day, so who cares what brand you have stitched into your hip!
- Don’t be alarmed if the next day your legs are so sore that you feel as if you can only walk like a baby giraffe. It happens to the best of us!
- If your instructor recommends using two pound weights, don’t try to be a hero and go for the heavy weights. During my first class I thought, “Two pounds? Lol okay.” and picked up a pair of five pound weights. Little did I know that I was in for a nearly twenty minute high rep circuit and by the end I looked and felt like those enthusiastic wavy balloons in front of car dealerships.
- Because my parents knew better to enroll a child with a terrible lack of rhythm into a dance class, I have absolutely no ballet background. I may not “plie”(or spell it right for all I know) beautifully, if well at all, but dangit if I’m not trying my best. The best is all you can do, so don’t be embarrassed if your natural form isn’t Misty Copeland (#goals).
I know this list was mostly joke-y, but I was so nervous to try barre, and I’m so glad that I did, so if you know going in you can laugh at yourself a little too, then maybe it’ll help get you to try it! Now I just need to learn how to survive pilates and I’ll be set…
Have you tried a barre class before? Did you like it?