Hi hi hi! Today is an exciting day, and not just because it’s the day before Friday.
I mentioned in this post that I had some exciting news to share with you (no, I’m not pregnant like Angela joked). For the past several weeks I have been training and I can now say that I am officially…
A Barre Code Instructor!
I know it’s short notice, but I’m teaching my first class TODAY at noon, so Pittsburghers—if you happen to be free, stop by, sweat and say hi!
That’s the short version of my news. Now for the longer version…
I remember taking my first barre class in January 2014 with Cassie. We took a barre-dio class (aka pure cardio for 50 minutes), died a little bit and that was that. At the time, I was already paying for a gym membership and barre classes were expensive, so I tried to go when I could. Then this past August, I debated whether or not to bite the bullet and get a monthly barre membership. Finally, this past January I DID. Coincidentally I ended up losing my job about a week later, so I had all the time in the world to attend the weirdly-timed classes (whaddup 9:30 am barre class!) on a regular basis. I loved it.
THEN in March I heard that The Barre Code Pittsburgh was hiring, and it honestly couldn’t have come at a better time. I was kinda sorta finally starting to get my life back together, and teaching was something I’d always wanted to do, though I wasn’t always sure barre was what I wanted to teach.
Side note: last year I went through a yoga phase and, for a moment, thought that yoga might be what I wanted to teach. After I thought about it though, I realized I wanted to teach something a bit more upbeat and something that I was truly passionate about. I love yoga, but I really, really love barre.
So…why barre, you ask? I love barre for many reasons the first one being the concept of low weight/high reps. Though I enjoy using a variety of different weights in my exercise regimen, I enjoy focusing on low weight/high rep to minimize the risk of injury. My body is very injury prone and my back is very fragile. Using low weights allows me to be a bit more carefree when it comes to working out and to have fun while still getting in a great workout.
The second reason I love barre is for the environment. The Barre Code is a boutique studio, so you get to know the people that attend classes pretty quickly and the instructors know your name. Guess that means it’s going to be my job to learn people’s name…..
The third reason I love barre is because it’s challenging! Though I can feel myself getting stronger with each class, I never walk out of a class thinking it was easy, and most of the time I wake up sore the next morning (in the best possible way!). It’s just a really good workout and lots of fun too.
Also, I felt the need to include more than one photo in this post, but clearly had no idea how to pose. Someone help me.
So… back to The Barre Code hiring.
After I heard TBC was hiring, I immediately emailed Meredith (the studio owner), who I had previously met thanks to this post, about becoming an instructor. I wrote her a novel basically stating everything I just said above, and she was kind enough to accept me, along with a handful of other girls, into the barre training program. The past five weekends have been spent training, and this past Saturday was my “mock”, where I had to teach a full class to actual clients (aka the other trainees and a few of my friends). Thankfully I passed, and now I’m finally able to teach!
I don’t have my official teaching schedule quite yet, but it should be listed at thebarrecode.com soon.
I’m so excited to add this to my job list 😀 It’s something I’ve wanted to do, and now I’m doing it. Call it luck/perfect timing—either way, I’m pretty pumped.
Q: Have you ever taken a barre class? If not, WHY NOT?!