This entire week has been a complete shock for my body. I started the week not being able to move, and I am rounding out the week the same way. We all know that those ring rows, box push-ups and air squats that I dominated on Wednesday have left me feeling achy all over since Wednesday, but I didn’t even hint at what kept me sore the beginning of the week.
On Sunday, I headed into downtown Nashua for a Blog & Tweet NH event. Located in a historic mill building was Strength In Balance NH, which is the only Barre fitness studio in NH! I instantly fell in love with not only the charm of the rustic building and its beautiful views, but also of the atmosphere in owner Becki Somers’ studio.
Becki lead the class by giving us a little idea as to what Barre is. Don’t know? Barre is a combination of yoga, pilates and dance moves, and when she said she was going to make us work up a sweat, I honestly thought she was joking. In my head, I told her, “good luck with that” (coming from the girl who sweats 38 seconds into a run). I didn’t expect a hard workout, even after Janine told me multiple times it’s brutal.
And bring it she did. Throughout various minuscule moves with the weights, I was looking at Janine and Amber with pain in my eyes. The burn was unreal. My thighs were shaking, and my arms were about to fall off.
We started with the weights, and from there, we moved on to work on the bar, which was incredibly hard, especially for someone as inflexible as myself. Becki wanted us to lift our legs and point our feet. I cannot multi-task my flexibility. Lifting and pointing wasn’t happening for me, so Becki would come over, politely ask if I minded hands, and helped me achieve the point. Good thing those legs were shaved!
Once the weights and the bar work were complete, we focused on this little blue ball of death. Squeezing this in our thighs and hamstrings was out of this world flattering. I can’t tell you which hurt the most, but that ball did a number on me.
The girls all said that they haven’t been able to move their lower half like a normal human being, and are in immense pain. Maybe I just have legs of steel, or I took too many pictures during those hard moves 😉 but the part of my body that hurt the most for me was from the hips up. Waking up Monday morning I felt like my body had been twisted in 32 different directions, which resulted in me skipping those 7 minutes of burpees at CrossFit.
The class was so much fun, and I really loved how personable and funny Becki is. Becki blasted music during the class and got all club-esque with her hands during several moves. Becki offers a variety of classes, ranging from Barre Toning, Ballerobica (so want to do this!), Booty Barre, and also Open Barre (ha!). Classes are $12 per class, but your first class is free, which is a great deal!
Ps. 2 lb weights are no joke!