I grew up as a ballet dancer, a distance runner and a gym enthusiast.
I loved the endorphin rush you can get from a great run or the painful sensation from an intense weight training circuit. I was also blessed with a high metabolism and never really had to worry about watching what I ate. As long as I kept active my body and my weight stayed at a status quo.
Then I had kids. After my first child, I recovered my pre-baby weight fairly easily but wasn’t as toned as before. I didn’t think much of it at the time because my clothes still fit me. However, after my second child AND turning 30 things just did not snap back the way they used to be. I was sleep deprived, juggling 2 kids, not working-out and not taking care of myself.
Also, at 30 my metabolism completely changed. I could no longer eat care-free. Desserts, junk food and late night eating were catching up with me, to a point where I didn’t recognize the person I saw in the mirror anymore.
I made the resolution to get back into shape and take care of me. I hired a personal trainer and got back into the gym. I even set a goal of doing my first triathlon. Things were going great I was working out again, running, biking and swimming 4-5 days a week, but my body was still bulky. While I was training for my 2nd triathlon I injured my back and had 2 bulging discs which also resulted in sciatic pains that ran down my legs. This threw a huge wrench into my plans. It took me over a year to get to the point where I didn’t have daily pain just from doing everyday tasks like unloading the dryer or carrying groceries. I kept trying to start running again, but after each run I spent a week recovering from the pain I felt in my lower back and legs. I knew I had to do something different.
I read an article about Bar Method in my local paper and I thought I would give it a try. My first class felt horrible! My arms felt like weak noodles after just doing the warm-up. I couldn’t even get through the first set of thigh. In my mind I was telling myself, “Just get through this one class and you won’t have to see these people ever again.” But as the class went on with Bev’s encouraging words I decided I wasn’t going to be beat by 1 inch movements and 2-3 lb weights. The competitive edge in me was coming out and I signed-up for the New Client 30 day trial. I was going to see how effective Bar Method really was during that 1 month, so I diligently came 5 times a week for that first month. In that month I started to see less of a muffin top, stronger legs and a lifted seat. It was working and I was hooked! The class never got easier, but as my muscles developed I could work harder and hold positions longer with great form.
Fast forward 2 1/2 years and I’m still going 5 days a week. However, now my motivation is not to get into shape (because I already am), but to stay strong. I no longer suffer from lower back pain because my legs are made of dense muscle so I can stand steady, my core is strong to help support my back and my posture is improved to help me stand tall.
I don’t know what I would do without Bar Method. Not only is it physical therapy for my body, but it’s therapy for my soul. It’s the 1 hour of my day that I get to focus on me. During that time I have awesome instructors cheering me on telling me I can do what seems to be the impossible and that “can do” attitude stays with me the rest of the day.
Also, the community at the Bar Method is like no other. It’s not like going to the gym just to work out with your friends, it’s more than that. I love my 9:45 ladies and 7:15 Saturday gals. We suffer together through incredibly challenging workouts and I have a great respect for how hard they work in each class. We push each other to get through each exercise and cheer each other on when we accomplish a new feat like doing push up on your toes or taking L-shape in round back. It makes working out an up-lifting experience and not just a daily chore. Thank you Bev, Luke, Maika and the rest of the Bar Method staff for creating such a wonderful environment that has changed peoples’ lives.