“You better work b*tch!”
–Brit Brit (The Sage)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware of the lululemon craze. It’s becoming your real-life nightmare.
Walking down the street, at the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and even out at dinner—you have seen the teeny-tiny girls/young moms/Barbies walking around in colorful elastic leggings.
Sure, you’re concerned that society has progressed to a casual standard that’s even lower than denim jeans, but more importantly, you’re wondering how the heck are all these women so fit?!
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It is The Barre Method.
Barre (pronounced ‘bar’) is a combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet that works together in quick intervals to produce long and lean muscles – or what some like to call a dancer’s body. But rest assured, unlike the Zumba classes of yore that can make us uncoordinated folks feel uneasy, there is no actual ballet or dancing in barre.
Most of my friends know that I have what I like to call “self-diagnosed group workout anxiety.” I just don’t like having other people watch me struggle to slowly turn fat cells into muscle. Am I alone? I don’t think so.
Anyhow, after reading rave reviews and being assured of the welcoming environment in the studio, I decided to face my workout anxiety and try barre.
First things first. These people are crazy (that isn’t the moral of this story; I promise).
There are several requirements to a barre class, the first of which is those darn leggings. Yours do not need to be of the lululemon variety, but you must wear them. The next requirement is that you aspire to Gwyneth Paltrow perfection and have a realistic idea of how much work that is.
The truth of the matter is the 55-minute workout class can feel a bit like torture your first time, even if you are a marathon runner and cross-fit pro.
The movements look small and simple, but they truly work muscles you didn’t even know existed. You might think moving your wrists in small circles is a piece of cake, but do it for five minutes and then tell me how you feel.
What makes this bearable, though, is that no movement lasts very long and literally everyone is the class is struggling with you. Yes, the size zero girl in the front – who can bend into a pretzel during yoga class – is shaking in pain.
So if it is so much torture, why has it become such a craze? Because it becomes easier (at least a little bit) and IT WORKS FAST!
After my first class, I forced myself to go back. Although the workouts were still hard, strangely, I began to enjoy it. Honestly, I can’t explain it. One month later, I’m in the best shape of my life.
Now I, too, could now proudly wear my lululemon leggings to the grocery store . . . but I don’t. Let’s not get crazy, okay?
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(the studio that got the barre fitness craze going)