I write this as my body is sore and muscles I didn’t know I had are aching. I haven’t done barre in 2 weeks and took a class yesterday and it (quite literally) kicked my booty.
I started taking barre classes in Philadelphia at a studio called Focus Fitness while I was completing my Masters in Music at Temple University. I fell in love with the slow, steady, ballet-like movements. It’s the only workout I’ve found that I actually crave when I haven’t done it in a while and, when I go a few times a week, I’ve found I can have that extra ice cream and not immediately feel it stick to my side.
This isn’t just a confessional. Even though musicians use their body and usually in quite contorted ways, we never talk about caring for our body. We never talk about how the food we eat can affect our focus. Or how it can affect our sleeping patterns, which in turn affects our focus, drive, and stamina.
Barre not only made me stronger; it helped improve my focus as well. I’m sure yoga has similar effects. This is due to the mind-body connection when you are isolating muscles and performing the tiniest movements to engage and fatigue them.
Barre helped me with performance anxiety. Instead of my nervousness manifesting itself through my shaking fingertips, instead, I think about engaging my core to help “root” me and so the rest of my body can perform.
I implore you to keep searching for it. The workout that works best for you. I’m convinced there is a perfect exercise and workout routine for everyone. What works for my best friend (running half marathons) doesn’t necessarily work for me. But I’ve found my workout soulmate in barre. What’s yours?