Friday, November 6, 2015

Meet Me at the Barre

The more I hang out with Meghan, the more I've been wanting to give barre a try. She really enjoys the workout and knows some of the local studios and what might be a good fit. A few (or several at this point) months ago I FINALLY took her advice and went to my first class at The Dailey Method. Your first class is free so I figured I had nothing to lose. I booked the class online through their website and I had heard that they offered child care for only $5 extra per class. They said they usually don't offer that option on the weekends but they would make arrangements for me so I could come. I arrived at class, ready to go and Patsy was just NOT HAVING IT with the babysitter. She just cried and cried. I ended up leaving the class after barely getting started and called my mom. She was able to watch Patsy for a little while so I headed back to the studio and they let me take another, full class, without a screaming and crying toddler in the background.

Once I got into it and was able to pay attention to the instructions, I absolutely loved it. The instructors are helpful, clear with directions and aren't shy about correcting you (off mike, not in front of everyone) if you're doing something incorrectly. As someone who is overly flexible, I really appreciate when the instructor corrects my form. I want to get the most out of my workout so I'm open to whatever it takes to get there!

Meghan and I after a workout, posing in the studio

As I've gotten farther and farther along in this pregnancy, the farther away all of my running dreams seem to be. I find myself struggling when I have to run across the street. When March comes and I'm cleared to run again, I know the road will be slow moving. But I'm REALLY enjoying these barre workouts and it makes me feel like much less of a lazy bum. Not to mention that it is a really great form of cross training that I definitely plan to keep up in the months to come.

The owner of the studio is even trying to plan some special pregnancy and mommy & me classes with some of the instructors that have children and have practiced barre through pregnancy. I am so grateful that I found a space to channel some of this athletic energy during this pregnancy! If you ever want to take a little drive out to Orland Park, I'm happy to meet you there.
Posing for some photos in my newest fall Oiselle items
Flash long sleeve and Meter tights

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