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my Saturday morning at the bar

Yep.  I hit the bar first thing Saturday morning.  It was awesome and I was shaking afterward (and during, to be honest).  No, not that kind of bar, I’m not a lush.  It was a “barre” studio (Confession:  When I first saw the word “barre” I thought it was pronounced “barray” or something fancy like that.  Nope, it’s just pronounced BAR).   A barre class is a full body, pretty hard core workout (in my book anyway) that combines ballet, Pilates and yoga into one very long hour of torture.

Since a new studio opened up in town I thought, hey, I’m totally uncoordinated, can’t do Pilates to save my life and got a “D” in my ballet class in college so this should be right up my ally.  Plus, it might be a nice workout to complement my running routine.

When I first walked in the studio, there was this sign that read, “Embrace the Shake.”  Now I, like any other normal human being, thought it meant something like embrace the milk shake you’re going to enjoy after the workout.  No.  That is not what it meant.   You see, the goal of this class (as I understand it) is to work various muscle groups to the point of exhaustion.  When your muscles are exhausted, they shake. And shake and shake.  I was shaking so much I thought I was going to pull the damn “barre” right out of the wall.  It’s a great feeling when the muscles in your legs feel like they have turned to rubber.  It’s also a great feeling when you’re driving home from class and find the task of turning the steering wheel particularly difficult because the muscles in your arms are exhausted.  Seriously, who gets off on that stuff?  Apparently I do because I signed up for a few more classes.


If you’re looking for an interesting new type of exercise that will leave you feeling confident that you are getting a great workout (your muscles will be screaming the next day), you should go hang out at the barre.  Here’s an article from FitSugar on 10 Tips for Taking Your First Barre Class.  If you’re not looking for a new workout but you are feeling really, really thirsty, then go hang out at the BAR!  Either way, enjoy!

About slowgirlfastdog

Hi! My name is Wendy and I'm the mom of a teenage boy, the wife of my college sweetheart and the owner of 2 lightning fast whippets. I recently took up running and found out that, unlike my dogs, I'm pretty slow. No biggie though, I'm slow at a lot of things like recognizing life's little lessons. Going forward I'll be paying more attention and with this blog I plan to share what lessons life throws my way.

6 responses »

  1. Never heard of Barre class before. That sounds interesting. Combination of those 3, that’s awesome 🙂 I’m doing PIlates right now coz I thought it’s more challenging than Yoga, but I like Yoga too coz I thought it’s more relaxing for my sore muscles. Having a class that has both is awesome! 🙂 Goodluck with it. I hope you post more updates about it. It really is different and interesting. 🙂

    • It is definitely a great workout! But oh boy am I sore afterward (for at least 2 days)…maybe I’m a wimp 🙂 There doesn’t seem to be a lot of cardio going on but lots of toning for sure! Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. i absolutely was hooked my first day at the “barray” lol which i thought it was called also. i have gone everyday since and once my month is over I’m trying another barre class in town to see which one i like better! monthly membership is a little pricey but its such an amazing class!

  3. A little late on my post…. Sorry.

    So I have been taking these classes consistently 3 times a week for over 6 months and I’m constantly sore. It’s a tough class but I’m obsessed.

    The good news is I am always working new muscle groups and have noticed that I am more toned. The biggest clue was the tan line under my butt (aka cheek fold). Before I started taking these classes it was at least an inch thick… Now it’s only about 1/2 inch thick. Coincidence? It think not…

    The bad news is, I’m constantly sore…

    • WOW! That’s commitment Andrea! How did you see the tan line under your butt anyway? I really do love the class and now that the half is over, I will start the classes back up! Thanks for reading my blog 🙂


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