Lurvin’: The Bar Method

Oh, Bar. I started going to The Bar Method two years ago, when I bought a Daily Candy deal on a whim. I’m not really sure why, since prior to that, I truly believed that I was allergic to physical activity. Sweat? No thanks. But… the deal was insane ($55 for one month of unlimited classes), the studio was 2 seconds away from work, and I was tired of my uber-active mom yelling at me to exercise. 

My first class was on a Friday morning at 7:00am, before work. I had to wake up at 5:30am to get there on time. Extreme. It was the most grueling hour of my life, but at the end of it, I felt that elusive thing that people talk about. You know.. exercise endorphins. Also, sweatiness. I limped down the stairs (a cruel joke for the studio to be on the second floor), and dragged my ass back the next Monday at 7am, still sore. And Wednesday. And again on Friday. Four weeks and 12 classes later, I noticed changes in my body. Glimpses of the “sculpted arms, flat abs, lifted seat, long firm thighs” that Bar swears by.

Two years later, I’m still at it. There’s been a few periods of time when I’ve taken breaks (up to two months, even :X), but I always go back. Yes, it’s pricey, but every class still kicks my ass and I start feeling gross when I stop going. [Do you know what else makes me feel gross? This Haagen daaz sea salt caramel ice cream I’m eating out of the carton right now. But it also makes me feel good. #cantstopwontstop.] Anyway, for all you exercise-haters… I am a true testament to the fact that there is something out there for everyone. I’m glad that Bar is *it* for me, at least for now.

All pictures below from the Pasadena Bar website.

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Inside the Pasadena studio (in Old Town), one of 66 locations in the U.S. Read about this history of Bar Method here.

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I know, it looks really girly and easy and ballet-ish, but unfortunately… it’s not. Much of class is actually not spent at the barre, and it’s kind of a combination of pilates-yoga-ballet-intervaltraining-mildcardio-isometrics. I love that Bar consults with physical therapists to make every exercise safe, so there’s very little potential for injury, even if you’re working hard.

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The dreaded “fold-over” exercise that involves lifting your leg up and down in 1″ movements. If you’re in right form, your legs and ass will start to burn within 10 seconds. And you WILL be in right form, because the instructors come around and (gently) correct you if you’re not.

If you’re curious about Bar, just Google it. There are hundreds of reviews via Yelp, and many, many articles and blog posts and ‘success’ stories. Just FYI, Ellie Kemper’s portrayal of Bar on Ellen is not the best (but how cute is she?).

Anyone want to join me for a class? 🙂 Aiming for 3x/week consistency this year, even with my weird crazy schedule. Huzzah!

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