Athletic wear is rare on my blog, but in real life I’ve been sporting it a lot lately! Mainly because of barre. If you follow me on Instagram, you may or may not have noticed on my insta stories that I have practically been living at The Barre Code the past few weeks. Truth be told, I didn’t even know what barre was until this year when my friend Katey started going and telling me all about it; I eventually grew curious enough to try it myself, and I have been hooked ever since! In case you were clueless like me, barre focuses on isometric strength training (keeping your body still and centered while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements, and the the actual barre is used as a prop to balance while doing some of the exercises (I used to think it was just for ballet, lol).
When I first signed on, I’ll admit that it enticed me even more because I thought it looked easy. Like CrossFit and Orange Theory scare me, but barre? I can do that! I bet I won’t even sweat! ………..Yeah, I was wrong. SO WRONG. I was definitely sweaty and pleasantly surprised about it too. I still remember after my first class thinking, What the heck did I just sign up for? The next day I was so sore, but it was the good kind of sore–the kind that makes you think, Oh this is actually working. Despite my aching thighs and screaming seat (that’s what they call your butt), I kept going back. Not just that, I WANTED to keep going back. Like I would actually look forward to the end of the work day where I would get to go; it’s kind of addicting! When you’re in that mirrored room with other supportive women and the barre, you forget about the outside world for awhile and just focus on your core strength and your breathing. It’s hard, but it’s so rewarding.
I’ve only been at it for a month, so I’m not gonna lie and tell you that I’ve lost weight or that I have a baby six-pack (yet?), but I definitely feel stronger, and I’ve noticed that my posture is way better + my endurance has improved immensely. I’ve also gotten better at breathing properly during the HIIT workouts, so I don’t get winded as fast. And, as exercise does for most people who stick with it, my overall outlook on life and mood have been super positive ever since I started barre. My FAVORITE class right now that The Barre Code offers is brawl. They describe it as “an intense class that combines cardio kickboxing sequences with strengthening work for the thighs and glutes.” It’s amazing! Which is funny to see me write because the first time I did it I couldn’t seem to get the routine down and was thinking the whole time, Wow I look like an idiot, I’m never doing this again. But Katey assured me that’s how it usually goes when you start out, so I went back, and long story short: I love it now.
Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about The Barre Code. The place is so welcoming, the instructors are so nice and helpful, and there’s nothing but positive vibes and women supporting women (something I am, of course, all about). If you’ve been looking for a new workout to try or haven’t found something you love yet, you should definitely look into this program. And, uh, hello: they have awesome discount deals for first timers! Check out their website for the full scoop.
I’ll continue to document my progress with TBC as time goes on. Stay tuned! 🙂
The Barre Code tank (c/o)
The Barre Code leggings
Kapten & Son sunglasses
Photos by Becca Gamache Photography