When I had Baby Girl, I became bored with my traditional ways of losing baby weight and began researching different types of workouts. I popped into a Barre class and fell in love. Not only did it melt away the weight but I loved the slow and controlled movements that helped create definition that I had never had. It was perfect…until I fell back into my old workout ways and veered off the barre course, spending more time running and such. After about a year, I didn’t return.
Fast forward to two weeks ago. Baby Girl is just around the corner from turning 5 and I received an email from Barre 3 in Laguna Niguel to see if I would like to come experience their innovative 3-step sequence leading to balance, strength and flexibility. Now, you all know how much I love a good workout and especially love trying something new, but I will be honest, I was a tad bit nervous. It had been SO LONG since my last Barre class and I was certain that I would make a fool of myself. I did what I always do when I am concerned about making a fool out of myself. I brought a friend who had never done it either. That way, we could potentially look foolish together.
Jessica, one of the owners of the studio, was our instructor and it was pretty amazing how quickly she made you feel at ease. The movement was slow and small but HARD. Yes, it is made seem silly to think that small movements could create the impact that it did but my legs will tell you, they were shaking. And then my arms. And them my abs. Truthfully, every muscle in my body was shaking at some point through the class. That being said, it was one of the most enjoyable, peaceful classes I have ever taken, which is weird because I also felt like I was going to fall over sometimes. It was a crazy combination of a peaceful workout but also intense. At the end, I felt as if my mind and my body both had an incredible workout.
So why is this Barre class different than all the others? Well, it is the 3 step sequence I was talking about:
- Isometric holds work your muscles to their deepest point and increase strength and endurance. Holding still strengthens your muscles continuously; it also gives you time to make sure your alignment and posture are perfect before you move.
- Next, we add controlled 1-inch movements. These create just enough relief in the muscles to maintain the integrity of the hold for maximum benefit. By layering on one inch, you heat the body, increase your core strength, and rev your metabolism.
- After completely taxing the muscles, we flush out the body with functional, large, dynamic moves. This cardio blast lifts the heart rate, improves circulation, and energizes the body.
So it is Barre Plus basically. And who doesn’t love a little extra something. I know that if I am going to commitment to a workout, I want to maximize my results. Who doesn’t?
I am now back to loving Barre and Barre 3 specifically. Nikki, the other owner, and Jessica have created an environment where women can focus on both physical and mental health, both equally important in our crazy schedules. They also understand the lives of moms and how hard it is to get your workout in when you have little ones so they offer childcare at the studio. One of the hardest parts of getting into studios vs. large gyms is their lack of childcare and Barre 3 has taken care of this for you. Amazing.
You will definitely find me back in the studio and I hope to see you there. Barre 3 is located at 23882 Aliso Creek Rd, Aliso Viejo in the Whole Foods Shopping Center. Thank you so much Jessica and Nikki for inviting me in!