Growing up I always wanted to be a ballerina, watching people dance brings me so much joy. My best friend was in dance and she taught me a few moves, but let's be real, I have ZERO coordination. When I first heard of Barreworks, I thought it was a dance studio for all levels, and all different types of dance. I met a few of their instructors, and they convinced me to join a class back in the winter and I was immediately hooked! It was not at all what I thought it would be, it was way better and even though I still have ZERO dance skills these classes have been super helpful to build a stronger core, work on my upper body strength and I get to pretend to be as graceful as a ballerina. (Jade I still cannot point my toes but in my head I can)
One of my favorite classes to attend is the the Barreworks Mixed Level Class. The music is so much fun, the energy is great, you don't need much coordination to learn the 'simple' moves, you just have to have fun and go with the flow of the class. This class is amazing for working all the areas of your body! They say it best on their site, "You'll work your body from head to pinky toe" it might sound like an exaggeration but really it's not. One word of advice to my running community: Do not have a long run with many hills planned for the next morning! ;) In this class you use a band, mat, weighted balls, a ball, and the barre. You work your upper body, your core, and legs. Kathia comes around and helps you out if you need adjustments for some of the moves, you go at your own pace and level, we stretch after each series before moving on to the next, and she constantly reminds you to listen to your body so you don't injure yourself.
All of the instructors that I've met and had at Barreworks have been so helpful during their classes. I had the privilege of getting a one on one session with Kathia, one of the funniest, most positive and sweetest people you'll ever meet. She gave me lots of advice that I have found very helpful over the last month with my training, but one of the most important I have kept is to work on my core! I've been running for so many years now, and after one too many injuries I had to take some time off, heal and learn to train properly. Strength training is so important! Kathia showed me a few moves that I can do at home to keep a strong core and upper body. My legs can keep going for hours, but over time I noticed I would slouch when I'm tired during a run, I would get lower back pain, achy knees, bad cramps, you name it, so learning to do proper planks, sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, etc is so important to help prevent injuries and thankfully Kathia came to my rescue!
Remember when I mentioned how the instructors are constantly reminding you to listen to your body during the class? Well I can't stress enough how important this is. We're all at different levels for whatever active sport we do, but to prevent injuries this is the one thing I encourage everyone to take with them: Listen to your body! Ask for advice if you're not sure on how to do a proper push-up (for example), always go at your own pace and when you're ready to push yourself a little more do it! You won't be a pro over night, take your time to learn the proper way to exercise and overtime you'll get stronger and better, baby steps my friends. I wish I could do a pull up but I'm not there yet, I'll let you know when I am ;)
Hope to see you at Barreworks soon!
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All photo cred goes to the talented: Pam Lau