Happy Thursday Leisurelings!
Today I got my booty lifted, toned, and burned at Pure Barre class! Full disclosure…it actually kind of hurt to sit down on the toilet to pee after class, but that is the beauty of this workout!
I have finally found a workout that I am passionate about for so many reasons…the owner of the Hendersonville location, Ashley Clark, is a pure ray of sunshine, the instructors are amazing, the women who attend the classes are incredible…we really do have our own little Pure Barre community and it’s awesome! But most importantly…this is the ONLY workout I have done (and trust me, I have tried basically every kind, or some version, of every kind out there). So I repeat, this is the ONLY workout I have ever done that is so perfectly designed for a woman’s body that it’s kind of mind-blowing. And when I say woman…I mean EVERY woman…no matter body shape, size, height, age…none of that matters, once you enter those doors, we are going to feel that sweet pain together, and we are all going to get results!
Now I’ll be honest…when I started, I fell on my butt more than a couple of times trying to get my balance, and I struggled as I tried to use ab and leg muscles that I am pretty sure have never existed inside my body before now. My limbs were shaking like a 9.0 earthquake on the Richter Scale…which I later learned is actually what you want your body to do, so I was rocking that part of the workout even though I looked pretty silly in the mirror with my legs bouncing up and down like a jackhammer.
Then one day, everything just clicked. I learned how to isolate my muscles and could control and manipulate every muscle inside of my body…I was using the smallest movements, but creating the biggest impact. Also, my balance and flexibility increased so much in such a short period of time, I was amazed. I remember the first-time an instructor said, “Now slide into your best split stretch,” and I pretty much just stayed standing up…even after a few weeks…I could almost do the splits again…”Hello there, Mr. Floor, haven’t seen you since my senior year in high school!”
Oh! And another HUGE first for me, my knees and back no longer hurt after exercising! The tucking technique and the slight bend we keep in our legs throughout the whole workout class protects my bad knees and lower back. I have had zero issues since starting this program!
After about three weeks, I started to noticed inches lost and muscles toned…I looked in the mirror and thought…was I going crazy or was this workout really changing my body this quickly?! But then I got all the confirmation I needed when I stepped out of the shower one day, and Brian ran into the bathroom to grab a roll of toilet paper. He stopped dead in his tracks, and said, “Whoa…your butt looks higher…nice!” Then he quickly grabbed the toilet paper and left. I turned around and looked in the mirror. He was right…my booty was lifting…no more could I fit a pencil underneath my booty and it stay there! Okay, am I the only one who has ever tried this?! I saw it on a movie once, but I digress…let me get back to the point.
The point is…ladies, if you want to get some crazy fast results and bring “the happy” to your booty, thighs, and abs…PLEASE do yourself a favor and go to a Pure Barre class! Even if you incorporate it into your other fitness regimens, I highly recommend doing it at least a couple of times a week…I promise you, you won’t be sorry!