Do you ever flash back to your elementary or middle school self? I had some brief flashes yesterday. When I was in elementary school I was pretty shy. I was always the child that hung around my mom at parties until I got comfortable and “warmed” up enough to the situation or place I was in. I was the kid that my mom would say, “give her a couple of minutes, she’ll warm up”.
One of my friends from college says the first time she met me she thought I was a (enter not so nice word that begins with a b) because I didn’t say much. I just was quiet and reserved and she thought I was judging her (maybe I was?? haha). In reality I’m just shy, I just like to sit back and observe until I get comfortable enough to say anything.
Well, when you are 25 and you are meeting new people, there is no time to be “quiet and reserved” because people will think you are a “not so nice word”. So yesterday when I was going to meet some bloggers at The Bar Method in Soho, I knew I had to just be myself, as quick as possible, without being shy first.
When I was with my sister and cousin beforehand I was telling them I was nervous and they kept reassuring me I’d be fine. If there are any 2 people that know me inside and out, it’s Chris and Jess and since they were telling me I’d be okay, I knew I would be. They know that I just need to say it a million times and then I’d be okay. I love them.
So I went home, changed into the workout clothes and headed into the city. I got off the subway and wasn’t sure which way to go, so what do I do? What would most people do? Ask someone? Look at their phone? I usually call my husband, my human gps…but I actually spotted Ashley. Blogging is a very funny thing. You “meet” all these people in this blogging community and you kind of get to know them…their blogs, avatars, husband/boyfriends/spouses all without meeting them face to face. So I kind of felt like a creep for recognizing her and then sort of following her to The Bar Method.
When I got to The Bar Method I put on my big girl pants, walked in and started talking to the girls there. I had pang of nervousness right before I walked out of the elevator, but the people there were SO welcoming. I quickly realized my nervousness was for nothing (as usual).
The owners were SUPER friendly and the space is very clean, neat and friendly. I was immediately greeted by the 3 people who worked there/owned the place and then I met Jes, Erica, Missy, Ashley and Jackie. We got to know each other a little bit before we went into class. I was walked around by Tim to get to know the place. They have 2 studios, a men’s and women’s locker room, and a very welcoming lobby area with more lockers and a refreshment area.
I was very impressed with the size of the place. I didn’t feel cramped. The lobby and locker room were both very spacious and very well kept. They provide lockers for free, you just keep your key with you.
The class was led by Amy. I didn’t really know what to expect because I hadn’t ever taken a barre class before. I went into it with an open mind, like I usually do with new workouts and I really loved this. The class uses light weights (2 and 3 pounds) a light ball, the bar, and a mat. The exercises are basically all meant to keep you going till muscle failure. I was burning away on every exercise. Amy was super motivating, friendly and challenging. She amazed me because she knew every persons name in the class, and it really helped you feel a part of the class when she called your name.
Ashley did a really thorough review of The Bar Method, so you can check it out if you want more information. Jes also wrote about an exercise we did last night that was killer!
Overall I really enjoyed the class.
The Bar Method Soho is:
- very clean, nicely set up, spacious
- the owners were extremely friendly, knowledgeable, welcoming, motivating
- the class was challenging but not intimidating
- worth the money!
Thanks to Jes for setting up this special class for her readers AND bringing yummy treats. I look forward to taking another class here over the summer. I am so glad I signed up to come to this class. I made some new friends and workout buddies.
As far as being shy, I flash back to my elementary school self, but I quickly get over it when I am put into the situation. With most things, its the before that’s the worst part because you think about it too much. Everyone was SO nice and I’m so glad I went. It was so wonderful meeting everyone and I look forward to more meet ups!
I also went to a Brendan Brazier seminar at Lululemon Soho, which was amazingly interesting. That has to be a separate post, because this is always way too long.
Do you ever let your kid self get the best of you?