In late June I started Barre. A friend from work bought us a two week Groupon for Xtend Barre in Rancho Cucamonga. I was a little nervous going into the first class because it was 100% new to me. I had come off of a 2 year obsession with distance running. After a half and a full marathon I decided to try something new in 2015. I started the year off with Yoga and then I did a little jump aerobics at a trampoline place. Neither were very appealing to me for longer than a month. I lifted weights for a couple weeks with my husband but that also wasn’t my thing. Barre came next and it was love at first try. I was awkward and a little embarrassed because my balance was a lot less than perfect. The work outs were hard but fun. The instructors were helpful and motivating. Two weeks went by and I felt great so I bought the one month unlimited pass to see if it could keep my interest. It did, plus some. That month passed and I decided that this was my new kind of fitness. I signed up for the year contract of unlimited classes. I pay a monthly fee and it’s absolutely worth it. September started the 30 day Challenge : 20 classes in 30 days. I saw the challenge on social media the day before it started and was unsure if I wanted to participate. It meant I’d have to go to barre 5 days a week and with work and other obligations it seemed like a little much. The next day I walked into class and one of the instructors had the big challenge board. She challenged me and I’m just not one to turn down a challenge. So she signed me up.
Barre every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after work and then on Wednesday and Friday mornings. It was a long 30 days and my body was tired but the results were great and again I had set a goal and accomplished it. Yesterday was day 30 and yesterday I finished the 20th class.
Xtend Barre Rancho has changed my body and the way I feel about working out. I look forward to going to class after work. I look forward to seeing the instructors and the girls I xtend with. It’s a good feeling to actually look forward to working out. I, like many, have struggled for years with finding physical activity that I didn’t hate, get tired of or start to dread. When I found my way to running and became good at it, I knew that the fit life was something I’d live for the rest of my life. I knew that I would continue to seek out different ways to move. My body is important and it only took me about 26 years to figure it out. With fitness I gained more confidence, a more positive body image and a mental strength that I didn’t know I had. Now at 29 years old I am in the best shape of my life. Barre has been one more positive aspect to add to my continuing chain of healthy choices. Lean, sculpted and strong legs have been a great result from barre. A more firm and muscular butt is my favorite result so far. Growing up I had a negative body image and I was incredibly self conscious about how skinny I was. As a woman I have often felt not “womanly” enough. A couple weeks ago my husband took a picture of me flexing when we were doing some fitness photos for his website. I couldn’t believe that my body looked like it did. The light was perfect, we were in a cool place and I could see so many different muscles. Muscles that I didn’t know I had. It was in that moment that I finally felt like I’d been doing it all right. Barre was the perfect workout for me.
So as I finished the 20 in 30 challenge I am happy to have found something that I love so much. I’m happy that each week I am surrounded by some pretty awesome women. Women of all shapes and sizes who come from different careers. Some who are mothers and other’s who aren’t. Some who are just finding their way in their own fitness journey and some that are looking to change up a long standing routine. We’re at different ability levels and we’re probably doing this for different reasons. But…. We’re all there together, doing the same thing at the same time. I AM SIMPLY OBSESSED WITH XTEND BARRE!
If you are looking to change up your fitness routine or if you’re looking to start one, I really do suggest trying barre. A little pilates, a little ballet, a lot of fun.