Barre with Carly
Carly’s Barre Class
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:30
Some Sunday’s – please check the schedule for Sunday Barre times
Ok, let me cut to the chase and just say, I loved it! I loved it, I loved it, I loved it! But that feeling of elation was more about how proud of myself I felt on my way out the door than how I felt 10 minutes into the class. Ten minutes into the class I kind of wanted to punch Carly in the face (I’m sorry Carly, you are lovely). BUT this instinct I get to punch trainers, this is how I know that I’m getting my monies worth. If I don’t hate you for at least a few minutes, you aren’t working me hard enough. But then I found my breath, found my focus, and found my mantra in a meme I had recently seen…If Brittany Spears can make it though 2007, I can make it though this (Picture that bald head attacking a car with an umbrella. Now Plie’!)
What is Barre?
NYC Barre fuses Pilates, Yoga, & standing Ballet Barre work all set to a background of fast paced music designed to get you moving. This combo will tone and minimize your hips, thighs, butt, abs, and arms. You will vary between using small weights, resistance bands, toning balls, and the standing barre.
Carly did a great job of correcting my form without making me feel awkward or clumsy. She kept me moving when I wanted to bail, and gave me a “you got this smile” exactly when I needed it. Would I go again? I’m there right now.
What Beginners Need to Know
First of all, I have two left feet. Bull in a china shop! So, set aside any worry you have about coordination, form, or your own two left feet – you will be just fine! Go at your own pace and you’ll have it down in no time. Once I got into it mentally, I found it was impossible not to have fun!! The available modifications and Carly’s expert knowledge make this class great for all ages, so grab your teen! And just in case you were wondering, men are also more than welcome.
What the Expert Needs to Know
The small class sizes (max 12 people) ensure that you’ll get a fantastic workout too. By no means was this class breezy and Carly was able to easily toggle between newbie me, and her more advanced students. Of particular note: I saw the advanced students sweating and shaking just as hard as I was, just without the modifications.
What to Bring
A sense of humor – Some of the class is done in an aerobic / dance style so you’ll be moving quickly from one posture or move right into the next. If you are coordination challenged like myself, it may take a few times to get the hang of it. That’s OK! There will be the lucky few who’ll have amazing coordination, the stamina of a bull and the ability to look graceful even in Down Dog, but that’s not me (or the majority). Just smile at yourself and have fun.
Determination – I had NO IDEA how hard it would be hold a rubber ball between my knees and Plie’. Holy! Moly! Be patient and do as much as you can, but push yourself too. Try to go just past that point of comfort and you’ll amaze yourself by what you can do.
**Always listen to and respond to your body. Good workout pain and bad workout pain feel very different.**
Water & Socks – The class is done barefoot, which can get cold in the winter. Feel free to bring a pair of socks. You’ll also work up a sweat, so grab that water bottle.
If you’ve taken Barre with us before let us know what you thought. If you haven’t tried Barre yet then I’m throwing down the gauntlet – if I can do it, anyone can!
Want to know more about Core Sport Pilates or our classes, please visit our website at CoreSportstudio.com, call us at 734-459-4911 or better yet, stop in and say hello! We are located in
Downtown Plymouth above The Sardine Room.
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