Have I ever told you I used to take ballet back in the day? There was a time in my life where I would lace up ballet flats, wear pink tights & spend time at the bar practicing 1st, 2nd, 3rd positions…plies…shanay turns…I loved it! So much so that when I went to Florida State for college I enrolled in several ballet classes; time at the ballet bar for me has always been so enjoyable.
Madame Miriam, my ballet teacher in high school, used to say “fundamentals are the building blocks of life” — Madame Miriam was right! Barre54, a charming fitness studio in Winter Park, made me reminisce about Madame Miriam, her wise words, & my time in ballet class. I think we can all agree: ballerinas are fit. From their arms to their legs, ballerinas are pure muscle because the fundamentals of ballet are hard work — hard work that is good for you! So with this in mind Victoria & I were lucky enough to buy a Groupon to experience all that Barre54 has to offer.
I will admit, I was both excited & terrified to go. Excited because I love ballet & met Heather, an instructor at Barre54, at our last Central Florida Lady Bloggers meet up. Terrified because I haven’t hit the barre in a long, long time. Luckily, as soon as I met the instructor, I was at ease.
Sara was our instructor; she walked us through a full body working ousing the barre for traditional ballet techniques as well as yoga stretches, pilates moves & even weights — all this in 54 minutes (hence the name Barre54).Â As soon as we walked into the studio Sarah made us feel welcomed, she was awesome! For starters, the music we worked out to was awesome. Sara timed our moves perfectly as we began with small weights (2lbs per Sara’s suggestion which I was glad for because 2lbs can be very heavy after muscle exhaustion!), moved on to core work, hit the barre, & finished with abs & yoga stretches. We finished the class getting a great workout, hitting muscles we didn’t even know we had — I loved it!
Needless to say I’m very excited to take full advantage of the Groupon (5 classes for $45 — a steal!) & hit the barre, go back to fundamentals. If you’re looking for a great full body workout like nothing you’ve experienced before I highly recommend you try barre. If you’re in Central Florida check out Barre54 or check out a free barre class at LululemonÂ next Saturday, 5/19 at 8:30am offered by Barre54. I promise you’ll love it!
Have you ever tried a barre class?
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