I’ve never been great with regular exercise. I tend to get bored and lose motivation when I don’t love it and don’t see results. People who are runners tell me I need to give running time to really love it, but honestly, I don’t have the patience to wait to love exercise. It kind of needs to be something I can at least tolerate, if not love, from the first go or I’m likely to not last too long with it. I’m definitely not a runner!
After coming back from Europe and eating my weight in gelato and pizza, I decided to give Xtend Barre a go. I had heard about this hybrid ballet/pilates workout before so I was so excited when a studio finally opened in Canberra and I could try it out for myself. I knew it was supposed to be a really good workout and was very keen to give it a go. I did ballroom dancing when I was younger and I really love dancing so I thought this would be a good fit.
A bit over a month ago, I finally had the time/inclination/opportunity to try it out. After the first class I was hooked. I was exhausted and sore but felt so good about myself for doing it and it was so much fun. I pretty much immediately signed up for a membership and have been going 3-5 times a week ever since.
It really is such a great workout. It is a hard workout, and you feel so sore but in a good way. The routines are great and the instructors are so helpful and encouraging. They definitely get me to push myself harder than I think I would otherwise. They also correct your form if you’re doing it wrong, which is great to stop any potential injuries, or take any existing injuries into account and help you adapt the moves to avoid any damage.
The classes are a mix of strength, toning and cardio work and I have already noticed a difference in my strength, flexibility and general fitness, as well as my body shape and tone. I’m loving the almost immediate gratification of improvements that come with this type of workout!
The instructors all create their own routines so you get something different going to classes with different instructors. I find the routines fairly easy to follow and there is always something to be thinking about. Once you think you’ve mastered holding yourself in the right position or getting your legs right, you’ll add arms and lifts and a whole lot more stuff into it to complicate it (and keep things interesting).
At the moment I’m going lunchtime a couple of days, after work another couple and a morning class on a Saturday so I’m pretty much sore the whole week!
I really like the lunchtime classes to break up my work day and get me out of the office. I have a very bad habit of taking a 10 minute lunch break and eating at my desk so it is nice to take an hour to look after my health and well-being a couple of times a week. It’s also a great to get moving on days when you’re super busy and stressed, and I think it makes a difference in what I can handle and achieve at work.
As I said, I’ve never been good with regular exercise but the fact that I am still going and enjoying it one month in is definitely a good sign.
Have you tried Xtend Barre before? My tip if you give it a go is to make sure you get the pink weights (.5kg) rather than the yellow (1kg) – believe me, your arms will be plenty tired just using the smaller weights!!