On my toes! My Barre class experience.

February 11, 2014 by Kendra

Jenn and me posing for instructor Leslie after our awesome Barre class workout.

Ugh, winter; am I right? The excitement of the holiday season has faded, and now it’s just….cold. REALLY, REALLY, REALLY COLD. How can we stay active and committed to our fitness routine, when our hibernation instincts are screaming “Blankets! Hot cocoa! Netflix!”?

I decided to shake the winter blues by shaking things up at the gym.  Despite knowing that I shouldn’t do the same thing all the time, I found myself mentally checking out and, well…doing the same thing all the time. Working out had become a little bit of a chore. To combat the monotony, I decided to try a Barre class that I’d had one eye on for some time. Maybe, in the back of my mind, I was saving it for Cabin Fever Season, but I shouldn’t have waited so long.  It was an incredible workout!  The movements are small and very controlled, but they are intense, and they work more muscles than an average workout. I really did use muscles that I had forgotten I had. The best part is, I got Jenn to join me, and we had a blast! (I’ll admit, it’s a little boost to watch your personal trainer sweat just as hard as you.)

For those of you who have taken ballet (or even Pilates) at any point in your lives, Barre class will feel familiar, but not like a repeat. If you’ve never taken ballet before, Barre is a great way to have fun and strengthen a lot of supporting muscles, especially your core, and it’s great for your posture. But if you want to just pretend to be a ballerina, that’s okay too. It’s a great way to shake things up, any time of year.

Balletoning: A great class you may have missed!

December 20, 2012 by Kendra

If you work out at JV, you should absolutely check out Amanda Epstein’s Balletoning class. It’s a great deal of fun (because dancing is always good for not feeling like you’re “working out”), but it’s so much more that that. This class stretches and strengthens all of those beautiful muscles that you use to jump, kick, recover, stabilize, and present yourself to the world in general.

I was getting a little annoyed with my workout routine, and missed the days long ago when all I did was dance for exercise. I saw this class on the JV group excercise schedule on Mondays and Thursdays, and I’m so glad I gave it a try. I walked out of class feeling taller, lighter, longer, leaner, and stronger all over.

If you’ve never danced before, this is also a great intro to the groundwork of ballet in terms of body positioning, core stability, arm movements, and flow. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these beautiful photos from SHAPE magazine of 10 dancers in the real world. They certainly inspired me!

See you there!