A Plus-Size Girl Walks into a Barre Studio
After I finished the juice, the class was more than 2/3 over and they were on floor exercises. The lights were off, so I thought I'd join back in for the cool down. It wasn't exactly a cool down though. There was still ab work and "back dancing." Oh, and back dancing? Pretty much a nice way to say hip-thrusting.
By the time the hour was up, I was exhausted. I was embarrassed that I had to leave the class in front of my coworkers. I was reminded that now that I was back to working full-time, I was more out of shape than I had been during my unemployment when I could workout during the day.
But on the bright side: Free juice!
I've now taken two more Barre classes. I make sure I eat and drink lots of water before the class. I still struggle with some movements. During The Pretzel I can't do the full range of motion. I have to do girl push-ups. When it's time to stretch, I use the strap to help me along. But, I also bought barre socks with non-slip soles that give me extra stability.
And I'm okay with all of that because at least I'm trying. It's a lot more than I was doing a few weeks ago. My recovery time is improving and soon I know my range of motion and intensity in the various movements will also improve.
Don't be intimidated by the lithe, dancer bodies in Lululemon tops that barely cover one of our boobs. Be sure to find a Barre studio with knowledgeable instructors who correct your movements. I've seen several gyms add Barre classes to their schedules, but they might not be trained in the proper technique. Also, push yourself (within reason, of course) because there's no better feeling than going from "I don't think I can do this" to "I did it!"
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