Local Love: Muletown Barre
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen my stories about Muletown Barre (primarily before Owen was born), and you know how much I love my studio I go to! I need to tell you a little back story about me and working out. I hated it. I am uncoordinated and truly hated going to the gym and working out. I had never done exercise classes because they intimated me. I didn't play sports growing up, and I don't enjoy a lot of physical activities if I'm being honest except for walking. I love a good walk.
So, about 2 years ago, I heard about a barre studio that opened on my street in a girl's basement. I had never done barre and honestly had never heard of barre either. I knew that I would enjoy something similar to yoga, but nothing too extreme (remember I hate physical activity). A friend and I decided to give it a try one morning at 5:45. Now, I am a morning person, but 5:45 is a bit early...so I had to be committed to this.
So, we went and showed up. It was a tiny room in her basement (it only could hold 8 people), but we really enjoyed it. That was February 2017. We knew some of the ladies, and we didn't know others. And Abbie was amazing. She was encouraging and helpful because I'm uncoordinated and needed a lot of help in the beginning.
And guess what, I really enjoyed the class. I couldn't really feel my legs for the rest of the day and going to the bathroom was a struggle, but I felt good afterward. So, my friend and I continued to go, and we continued to get stronger and stronger. We also started to get to know the other ladies in the class with us, and we became fast friends. (When you are doing hard things, you become friends really easily.)
And the rest is history really. I feel so much better physically and mentally when I'm going to workout regularly. I worked out my entire pregnancy, and I honestly think it helped with my labor and delivery. I was able to breathe through contractions better, and my recovery was pretty good, too.
Barre is like yoga and pilates had a baby. It's basically ballet warm ups but a little more intense. I wasn't a dancer growing up, so I didn't know what I was getting myself into. But it's tiny movements that make big impacts on your body. It's perfect for women of all ages. I love that it's low impact, but I still feel like I'm working hard. All of the instructors genuinely care for you and your well-being. I've become close friends with many of the people that attend classes, and the community is what keeps me coming back even when I don't want to workout.
Abbie has moved from her house now. She moved into Columbia Dance Academy for a little bit, and now she has her own studio with many instructors right across the parking lot from our shop! It's an ideal location in my opinion (ha!). If you need a workout buddy or you want to try it out for yourself, let me know, and I'll go with you! I'm a barre fan for life!