Over the years of writing this blog, I’ve tried so many different different fitness routines. As a child I did gymnastics, but my teenage and college years were spent pretty lazy. After a 45 pound weight loss after college (yes, if you can believe that), I slowly incorporated fitness into my life and realized how important it was to me. My passion for exercise was fueled by not only the physical impact it made, but the mental. Exercise brought me a sense of routine and a relief from my constant anxiety. I truly believe that, along with sleep and healthy eating, that having a regular fitness routine healed me from my panic attacks.
As I became more experienced in the healthy living world, trying various studios in Charleston, running as many 5Ks I could, and even having a personal trainer, I realized that I truly enjoyed the fitness community. I made great friends at the gym and was constantly encouraged by the positive influence they had on me. Around that time I was deep into blogging and often chronicled my races, gym routines, and music playlists — always wanting to encourage my readers. I can’t tell you how many times I was asked “will you please be my trainer?”, “will you help me with a meal plan?” and “you should teach a class!” There were a couple times I did sub in random classes (let’s never forget the time I did a spin/hula hooping class) but I never quite had the confidence to think that I was qualified to tell someone else how to work out. BUT WHY NOT? I simply didn’t have the courage to put myself out there enough to just do it. That, and I was never quite sure what I really wanted to teach. That is, until I found Barre N9ne.
Last fall, my coworker Kim told me about a barre studio that was 3 minutes away from our office. Barre was always one of my favorite routines but I hadn’t found a place up here that gave me a good workout. I needed something fun and exciting but also challenging and rewarding. Little did I know it was 2 miles from where I worked!! One evening, we tried a class with Rebecca and I never looked back. I only told one person this — my boss — but I immediately knew that I wanted to teach. I just knew I had to and I was going to. I was under the impression that the studio hand selected potential instructors until early March when they announced auditions. I was thrilled (and nervous!) but knew it was the news I was waiting for since November. After tons of encouragement from my boss that not only could I do it, I had his support along the way and he convinced me I would be a great teacher. I auditioned in March, then spent all of June training, shadowing classes, practicing for hours, and creating routines for our practice classes. And now I’m thrilled to say that I, along with 5 other amazing ladies I went through training with, are officially certified.
In just over 6 months of attending the studio, I have felt an wonderful sense of community and friendship with the girls I have met. Tanya has created an incredibly special space for women to work out in a welcoming, uplifting atmosphere. I am so grateful to be a part of the team and to help B9 grow. And the best thing is this: Many of the veteran instructors told me that in training they met lifelong friends — barre besties if you will — and I hoped to do the same. And yes I did! Dylan and I have bonded as two girls originally from the Northeast who went to school in the south and have a shared affinity for all things pickles, barre, books, and wine. A fabulous friendship if you ask me!
Needless to say, if you’re in the area and want to come take my class, I would *love* to have you. I teach in Woburn until a fourth location opens in Somerville’s FitRow. I’m psyched and hope you all come visit! I promise to tone your tush and make you laugh!!!