As you all know, I’m on my fitness journey to lose the baby weight gained during my pregnancy. I managed to tack on 41 lbs during those 9 months, and although I’ve managed to lose 27 of those pounds, I’m hitting the hardest wall to climb. The closer I get to my pre-baby weight, the harder it is to shed those pesky pounds. I have to be more strict with my diet (which I hate), and of course, exercise more. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try out Miami’s newest Barre class, The Barre Code, thanks to The Blogger Union.
I used to dance ballet, and was really passionate about it. I even wanted to pursue it professionally at one point! It wasn’t until I hit high school and thought I was “over it,” that I quit. It’s one of the few regrets I have, so the opportunity to stand at a barre again was way too tempting. Granted, I think I totally underestimated the level of butt-kicking I would experience at a Barre class. I haven’t taken a fitness class led by an instructor in years, much less to this degree. Guys, it’s 3 days since my class at the time I’m writing this post and I still can’t walk properly, sit down without holding on to something, and I can’t even think of bending down. This was some serious stuff. But it was amazing!
The Barre Code has a beautiful and zen-inducing space in Biscayne that includes a gorgeous (and spacious) LED-lit studio, lockers, and even post-workout freshening stations. It is so inviting and relaxing in there, plus staff is a complete joy. Our instructor, Jo, was amazing. She is the kind of instructor that I enjoy when I’m taking a class – supportive, encouraging and energetic. I personally cannot stand attending fitness classes where you are being shouted at and made to feel inferior – I go to these classes not only to workout, but also to disconnect from the daily stress of my life. Jo was the complete opposite. She was constantly praising our abilities and how hard we were working. The encouragement only made me want to push myself harder (even though it was really, really tough for this out of shape mama).
The workout itself was half on the floor and half at the barre. Our workout specifically targeted our legs the most, which is a definite problem area for me. My already thick legs get even thicker when I gain even just a couple of pounds, so I was really happy they got whipped into shape – I was even trembling at times while at the barre. Like I mentioned, I’m still feeling the burn days after! I really wish The Barre Code was closer to my home – it was a good 40-45 minute drive to get there. If it was closer, I’d definitely be signing up for a membership! If you are local to the Miami area, I definitely suggest giving The Barre Code a visit – and tell them I sent you!
Have you ever done a Barre class?
What’s your favorite way to lose the weight without getting bored at a standard gym?
I personally want to try Soul Cycle next, but again, it’s so far from where I live! West Kendall really has to get some love in the fitness department!
Disclosure; I attended a class at The Barre Code for free in exchange for social media coverage. Thank you to The Blogger Union for the opportunity (and the photos)! However, all opinions are my own.