One would think when a group of fabulous bloggers get together for a morning of working out, lunch and shopping they would snap at least one photo. Well, that’s what one would think but not what happened on Saturday when Shibani, Suzanne, Michelle, Tabitha, Jessa and I made a trip to Beachwood to check out a Barre fitness class.
I’ve been hearing my friends and family in NYC, Boston and Chicago rave about this workout that incorporates a ballet bar, a touch of yoga/pilates and strength training. So when Jessa told me that CLE finally got their first barre studio, it was time for a blogger field trip out to Beachwood (sad there isn’t a studio on the west side!).
All in all, it was an interesting workout. I, for one, prefer to walk out of a workout dripping in sweat. This was much more stretching, core work, pulse moves, ‘poking’ and high repetition. (Side note: A few of us couldn’t stop laughing when we did some of these ‘thrusts.’ We have the sense of humor of 12-year-old boys!) The Barre class might not have been a great sweat sesh but my hamstrings and triceps were screaming come Sunday morning.
If Barre Cleveland was closer to home, I might make sporadic appearances. However, I’m unlikely to drive 45 minutes to attend a studio class. And, if I’m being completely honest, the studio is overpriced for Cleveland. Sure, they will probably do just fine due to their location, but I hope to see Barre Cleveland reduce their prices to reflect the market – $25 a class isn’t going to fly!
After class, I also made my very first trip to Lululemon. I know realize why I don’t step foot in there – holy hell it’s expensive! I sound like a cheapskate don’t I?
The east side may have gone up a point or two in my book this weekend – what a fun morning with some great girls!
Have you ever been to a Barre class? What did you think?