So, I mentioned Pure Barre before and after about a week off to mend from the viral plague, I finally made my return to the barre. YAY! With the time to reboot and get healthy, I have to say that I sincerely missed my classes!
Over the years, I have tried lots of different types of activities. I have never been really athletic. In middle school, I played basketball for approximately one year and quit. My parents love to tell the story about how someone purposefully fouled me with their elbow and I apologizes to THEM, right before they dribbling off with the ball and scored two points. My dad also likes to throw in that when I ran down the court, I had an impressive way of moving forward, but leaning backwards at the same time.
Side Note: Even better, I turned out to be 5’10″ and was asked for the rest of my life “Hey, your tall, do/did you play basketball?” Sighhhhh. (My gram used to tell me to respond with “No, you’re short, do you play miniature golf?”)
Annnnyways, after my failed attempt at ”team sports”, I decided to stick with dance as my sole activity. I had taken my first dance class when I was 3, maybe 2 and never stopped. Dance was one thing I was good at. Being tall, lanky, (and awkward) finally was an advantage! After 15+ years of dance, mostly ballet, when I went to college it was hard to find something to keep me active the way I had been. Like everyone else, I gained the freshman 15. I turned to running to drop the weight. I soon developed a new-found love for running and working out at the gym.
Fast forward to 2013 and I still like running. I don’t enjoy it the same way as I used to though. I ran the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in 2011, which was a great experience, but distance running and I just aren’t meant to be.
I was actually really frustrated with all of my workouts around October. Nothing was keeping me motivated and I just felt like I was in a funk. Enter Pure Barre: My self-proclaimed fitness soul mate. <3
It makes me feel great and reminds me of my days of tutus and pointe shoes. I haven’t been this flexible in YEARS. I did a split last night for the first time in I don’t know how long! The best part though, is really anyone can do it. No dance experience is needed and I’ve convinced friends and my sister to try it. There are people of all shapes and sizes, even men, in every class! I love that!
After about 3 months, I am seeing crazy changes to my body too! Looser pants, toned arms and STRONG legs….What’s not to love? I’ve seen an improvement in my running as well to boot. I can’t rave enough about how much I <3 Pure Barre.
And the music: So fun! It’s techno-pop music that I usually have suck in my head afterwards and run home to download.
What would you consider your fitness soul mate? What keeps you motivated?!