Tomorrow we leave for Pasadena (Go Spartans!), but today I have the day off and wanted to really take advantage of having a week day off and be in town! I finally took some time on Saturday to just relax, do some walking around the city and sit and have a glass of wine in a local bar and read a book. It was the first – “there is nothing I absolutely have to do today” – day in a long time, and I made it count.
Today, to make it count, I tried out a Bar Method class at a studio in Cherry Creek, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Denver. I took a similar class years ago in NYC, but thought I’d give it a try again. Plus, at this particular studio, new students get to try their first class for free!
While I was the first to arrive the studio filled up quickly and the class was pretty full. I was a little surprised given this was a 12pm class on Monday, but I’m guessing many others had the day off too! I loved that there were women of all ages in this class, probably partly to do with the fact that it’s a very low-impact activity and great building muscles.
This studio, along with one in Boulder, is owned by Leslie Rosenberg, who also taught the class I took. I was quickly welcomed to the studio, given the run down of where everything is and what to do once I got in the studio. If you haven’t taken a Bar Method class before, the studio floor is carpeted and students are required to wear socks and pants that fall below the knee.
I grabbed some weights and found a spot before the room filled up and class started. To my delight, Leslie knew my name and encouraged (and correct) students throughout the hour long session by name. I am notoriously bad at remembering names so the fact that she knew everyone, including me, was quite impressive.
The class was a mix of strength exercises with and without weights, at the ballet bar, in the center of the room and on a cushioned mat. The moves focus on arms, thighs, butt, abs, and back, resulting in a great, full-body workout that makes muscles ache and legs quiver.
While I didn’t work up a big sweat, like I do running or doing my Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred videos (which I’ve been doing regularly lately, including this morning before The Bar Method class) I know it was a really good workout and I’m feeling great, albeit a little sore! I definitely want to take this class again.
I haven’t tried a new class for a long time, so I’m glad I was able to get one more in before the end of the year. I’m definitely going to make it a priority next year to try more fitness classes and adventures. Including snowshoeing!
Okay, time to get packing. Off to Pasadena tomorrow for the Rose Bowl! I hope you’ve all been enjoying a great holiday season! See you in 2014!
What new fitness activities have you tried lately, or are planning to try in the new year? * Have any plans for NYE? * What’s been your favorite part of the holidays?