Stepping Up, how hard can Barre class be?

Sep 9 2016, 5:24 pm

Written for Daily Hive Vancouver by YMCA Member Patryk Grzelak

Completing my ninth half ironman triathlon this summer was a dream come true. After all the training and hard work I put in for that I thought: “How hard could a Barre or Step Class be?

I trained for the triathlon at YMCA because it’s one of the few places where I can swim in the pool, ride the bike, and run on a treadmill all in one facility. I also enjoy the sense of community I get from all the great people there.

So when fitness instructor Liia Vuur challenged me to try out Barre and a Pure Step class, I thought why not? I know my flexibility could use some work, but how hard could it be?

Challenge #1: Barre. Wow! I definitely need to work on my flexibility. I wasn’t aware of what a plié was before today. But I sure know now. Barre definitely uses some muscles I don’t normally use. Why did I agree to this again?

Challenge #2: Pure Step. Much harder than I thought. I felt like a fish out of water by trying to move my arms and legs at the same time. I had no idea this class required so much coordination.

The verdict

It was good! I would give those classes a try again. My recommendation if you’re thinking of trying out a new class or exercise you’ve never done before? Go for it. Don’t be afraid to look a bit silly if you are uncoordinated like me. 

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