When my favorite barre instructor left my gym last year, I admit that it was harder for me to get the motivation to exercise at a gym/studio. (Not to mention that I was pregnant and getting bigger by the day.) I ended up terminating my membership and haven’t been inside a gym since.
Now that JG’s arrived and a new year has begun, I’m ready to get back to my beloved group fitness classes and lose the last bit of baby weight. But with so many awesome boutique fitness studios, I didn’t know where I wanted to start. I was dragging my feet and feeling very conflicted until I received an email from ClassPass asking me if I wanted to try it. No joke, I jumped up and down with joy.
ClassPass is a monthly membership to the best boutique fitness classes in your city. There are thousands of classes available to ClassPass members, including cycling, pilates, yoga, strength training, dance, martial arts, and more. With ClassPass, I won’t have to pick just one studio; I can test a few and find which ones I like best. Awesome, right?!
For $79 – $99 a month (price varies by city), ClassPass members get unlimited classes to studios in the ClassPass network. While members can take as many classes per month as they’d like, they can visit the same studio up to 3 times per monthly membership cycle. For more information on the program, check out the ClassPass FAQs.
In the Baltimore/Annapolis area and want in the fun? Click here to skip the waitlist and sign up today. Let me know what classes you’re attending; I’d love to join you!
Disclaimer: This blog post contains affiliate links. I was offered a one-month ClassPass membership to review at no cost. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’ve been reading for a while, you’re well aware that barre is one of my all-time favorite group fitness classes. Being a former dancer, the moves came naturally to me and I reconnected with my inner child. All this without the pain of pointe shoes?! I’m so there.
So when I got the opportunity to attend a free class at Pop Physique Baltimore last week, I jumped at the chance.
Let me tell you, they don’t call it ‘butt school’ for nothing. Although I’ve been taking barre classes at my gym on a regular basis, this was a bit more intense. This fast-paced, high repetition workout uses small movements to isolate various parts of the body to give you a total body workout within an hour. (Learn more details about the workout here.) Shaky legs are encouraged and the grippy socks are mandatory for a reason. The instructors were knowledgable, encouraging, and succinct – they aren’t there to mess around, they’re there to help you get the most of your workout. However, don’t get the impression that they are extremely disciplined or mean, in fact, just the opposite. They were more than excited to help me modify moves for my pregnancy, but also made sure that my form was on point (no pun intended).
belly at the barre
While I don’t know if I’ll be back before the end of my pregnancy, the Baltimore shop does have a New Mom’s special so I’m hoping to see the team there in the new year.
Special thanks to Pop Physique Baltimore for opening their doors to the Baltimore Tone It Up crew! I paid a small fee to attend the class, and all thoughts and opinions on the experience are my own.
Today, as the title would lead you to infer, is a big day for me.
First, it’s the two-year anniversary of a person close to the JA’s and my hearts. I can’t believe it’s been that long since his passing – at times, it feels like just yesterday. We think of him often, and pause today more so than others to keep his memory and legacy alive.
Second, tonight I will co-teach my first group exercise class. With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s inevitable that classes would need a substitute. In the past, I found that the quality of Barre Fusion tended to suffer – there aren’t many people who a.) know the format and b.) have the training to teach the class well. While I’m not certified to teach barre, I do have many years of dance training under my belt. I’ve been taking the class for a while now and, upon expressing my displeasure to Rachel, found myself offering to sub for her. I’m a little nervous. I generally leave the teaching to the JA, but it’ll be nice to try it out.
think people would notice if I busted out these bad boys?
As he said, “What’s the worst that could happen? They can’t really dislike you any more than a normal sub.”
Let’s hope so!
Any words of advice from fellow instructors/dedicated group fitness lovers?