In my revised efforts to live boldly and push the walls on my self imposed, restrictive box a little further out, I tried something new today. I walked boldly- hahaha! Sorry, I never walk boldly into someplace new, especially by myself- into the studio that houses the Cardio Barre classes that I signed up for. I had an inkling of an idea of what to expect thanks to youtube, but even the video clips did not prepare me fully for the total body workout, and subsequent sweat fest that I experienced.
In case you’ve never heard of cardio barre, it is a high octane, no impact workout that uses a ballet barre, light hand weights,and floor workout that utilizes ballet principles as the base of the workout, and it is designed to stretch and elongate and tone your muscle groups. All of these were major selling point to this 43 year old, broke down woman.
I hesitate to say today was fun because it was so different from anything I have been doing before, but I know that it has the potential to be fun, especially when I master all of the movements and breathing simultaneously. The hardest part, for me at least today, was I did a total body workout with the Sadist on Friday evening, and I am seriously feeling it today, but I had made the commitment to myself and was loathe to back out because of a little pain.
I know what I was able to do during the hour long class, no, I could not do it all on my first day, was effective in working my muscle groups because at the end when we were on to floor work, the muscles in question (all of them) were swollen and even more achy. I left the class dripping sweat, breathing hard, aching, and very glad I went.
Our beginners class was a good combination of all ages, sizes, and shapes of women all looking for the same thing: a betterment of ourselves. Our instructor was a wonderful coach and voice of encouragement, and the music choices she had picked made you want to move your body with the rhythm. There were never any feelings of awkward, fat, etcetera. Julianne remained positive and helpful, always explaining why or what we were doing this or that. Would I recommend a cardio barre class to people (men and women)? Yes. Absolutely and whole heartedly yes. If you are looking for a non-impact workout, definitely give this a try if it is available in your area.