There was a time in my life, not too long ago, where if anyone asked me if I wanted to go to barre I would have assumed that they were asking if I wanted to go to the bar. While both bar hopping and barre class will leave you sore the next day, one of them is the good kind of sore and not the hangover kind of sore.
So what is barre class? It seems to be one of those fitness trends that seem to be ultra-popular, primarily with women. It fires up your muscles with a combination of moves based of ballet and utilizes a ballet barre for some of its' signature moves.
While douchey gym bros may disregard it as a "girly" workout trust me when I say, barre is not for those looking to take it easy. Also, let's stop assuming because something is feminine/popular with women it means it's not as hard, yeah?
I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but I turned into one of those anomalies that enjoys working out. Trust me, it surprises me too. Prior to moving to Vancouver 5ish years ago I had almost no fitness routine. I had a gym membership and worked out fairly often (ish), but I had no idea what I was doing and only went because I told myself it was good for me. My workouts back then were not well balanced and I would show up at the gym to do whatever I felt like doing that day. Elliptical for an hour? Sure, why not? Free weights when I have no idea what I'm doing and don't know anything about form? Yeah, okay.
Then I moved to Vancouver and was a broke post secondary student so I stopped working out all together. "Das esspensive," I told myself and I also lack the motivation needed to work out on my own. It has only been within the last two years that I decided to make fitness a priority for me again and found that studio classes were the most motivational way for me to work out because; a) group workouts are always more motivating, b) it fosters a community and c) I am cheap AF and will refuse to miss a class because I am not paying a cancellation fee.
Lagree West is one of those fitness studios associated with a high price tag, a monstrosity of a contraption you use to work out, wireless headphones and giving your muscles that uncontrollable shake. Lagree West does offer "promo" pricing for their first timers (I use the term "promo" loosely because $20 a class is still a hefty price) so me being the frugal fitness fanatic that I am decided to try it out.
"How hard can a 40 minute workout class be?" I told myself. Famous last words, trust me.