Happy Sunday. It is POURING and I just want to hole up on my couch and hide.
Yesterday, I tried out a new-to-me class/studio, Barre3.Â The New York Junior League is doing a new initiative called NYJL Moves, which is partnering with area studios as a fundraiser to support the hard work we do in the community to help women and children.
Shameless plug:Â I am also raising money for the NYJL through my marathon fundraiser, if youâ€™d like to support less fortunate women and children in NYC: http://crowdrise.com/juniorleaguenyc2015/fundraiser/Theodora
Yesterdayâ€™s studio was Barre3, a barre (duh) studio in the West Village. Itâ€™s been open for a little over a year, but I hadnâ€™t been in to try it, mostly because barre isnâ€™t so much my thing. (Yet Iâ€™ve done it twice in the past week?)
Our instructor was Tori Gregson, and she was GREAT. She was very attentive at giving modifications to those who needed them, and often, she would tell us exercises sheÂ had issues with, which was super relatable.
To be honest, sometimes working out with a whole bunch of people I know makes me a little nervous. What if I look like a total ass? But then I always remember that just as Iâ€™m not looking at/judging anyone else, nobodyâ€™s probably looking at me and judging me either. Plus, itâ€™s always fun to catch your friendâ€™s eye just as something is really starting to burn and knowing youâ€™re in it together.
The class itself was TOUGH. I donâ€™t sweat a ton, and I was drenched within the first 10 minutes. We started off with legs, moved into arm work, then â€œseatâ€ (butt) work, and ended on the floor with core work.
For some of the core work, we had to lean back on this ball, and I was terrified I was going to pop it. The move that stands out to me as the burniest (new word!) was looping one foot through the resistance band and doing 14 million leg lifts. OW.
As someone who prefers heavy weights and running, classes like these definitely take me out of my comfort zone and remind me you can still get a great burn in with your bodyweight and three-pound weights.
Speaking of comfort zones, Iâ€™m off to a DANCE class now. All the LOLs.