I promised a rundown on my new favorite workout and that’s exactly what you’re going to get today. Plus, I’ve got something special for all you Kansas Citians at the end of the post! Allow me to introduce you to Bar Method.
What can you expect at your first Bar Method class? You will work each muscle group and then follow it up with a stretch which helps to lengthen the look of your muscles. You will cover each area separate, focusing on arms, thighs, seat and abs. The instructors are extremely hands on and they are constantly adjusting your form to make sure you are getting the most of your workout, which I love. I’ve said it before and I’ll scream it in my head again, your thighs will feel like someone lit them on fire, but that’s totally normal. I like to hang on the stall bar before and after class, which helps to decompress the spine and aids in good posture. A lot of people skip this part, but I think it’s vital for someone like me who sits at a desk all day. The class wraps up with more stretching, a few deep breaths and a sense of calm and accomplishment.
My preferences: I’m not a huge fan of round back. This is where you sit on a mat with your back flat up against the mirrors and do a series of leg moves while holding onto the bar overhead. I think it’s the fact that I haven’t mastered the moves, but that doesn’t mean I won’t someday.
You would probably hear audible groans if I said this out loud in class, but if I had to pick a favorite move it would be the chair. For this particular move, you hold onto the bar with your arms completely straight and then sit back (as if you were sitting in a chair) with your back as straight as possible. I feel strong in this position and there is nothing better than making it through the entire thing without having to take a breather.
Quick tips before you get to the studio:
– You won’t be wearing tennis shoes, but socks are a must! You can purchase a pair of socks with rubber added to the soles or just wear an everyday pair, it’s up to you.
– You will want to wear pants, opposed to shorts. These compression pants are by far favorite. I will usually wear one of these semi-fitted tank tops (I own just about every color) and this pullover, depending on how cold I am before I get in the studio. Even if it’s a little chilly before we get started, I don’t keep my pullover on. Things heat up quickly and I don’t like to fuss with it once we get started with class.
– Check your cell phone at the door. Some people automatically bring their phone with them to a workout (most likely for music purposes), but you won’t have a need for it here!
– Pay no attention to the woman standing next to you who appears to be twice your age, falls effortlessly into the splits and can wrap her legs behind her head if she wanted to. There are women of all shapes, sizes and ages who are there to do one thing: better themselves.
Want to give it a go? If you’re shy or hesitant to try Bar Method on your own, I’ve got a special treat for you. I’ve teamed up with Bar Method Kansas City to offer you a special private class with yours truly! The class will be taking place at the West Plaza Bar Method location on Wednesday, December 3rd from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. The class will be $10 – which is a steal compared to their regular priced single classes. In order to sign up, you will need to log in here and create a profile. Simply register for Jessica’s Blog Class (be sure to select the correct location from the drop down so you are easily able to find the class), bring your $10 with you the night of the event and get ready to tuck! The class is limited to 20 participants, so get to it! If you have problems signing up, email Stacy at [email protected] and let her know you would like to register for the class and she can take care of you! Bonus: anyone who attends the class will have to opportunity to sign up for a month of unlimited classes for just $60 (once again, this is a steal).