I’m not a fan gimmicky workouts or fitness fads but I’m not a total snob in that I’ll try anything once – Flexi-Bar, Aerial Yoga, Restorative Yoga, SH’BAM, – even if I don’t expect it to be a “real” workout. I figure if it turns out to be a joke, I can always return to my regular program the next week and at least I’ll be able to say I got out of my comfort zone and tried something new.
Such was my rationale for trying a Barre class at the Clarity Centre on Friday. I only have a few classes left on my Groupon pass so I decided to try a class I’d never been to before.
For those who don’t know, Barre is a ballet inspired workout that incorporates yoga, pilates and ballet moves using a hand rail.
We started out doing some stretching on our mats before moving to the bar. Once there, we did a few yoga flows using the bar, which was an interesting twist but not exactly challenging (in fact, it’s a lot easier moving through a flow sequence using the bar for support).
After the yoga warm up, we moved into the ballet moves, which were basically just a series of calf raises and plie squats. Here’s where the class could have become challenging but we didn’t do enough reps of any one move to really get a good workout. The whole thing was kind of pointless.
You’d think that experience would have put me off trying new classes for awhile but on Saturday morning, my sister and I decided to check out a freestyle spin class neither of us had been too before.
And *sigh* it was awful – all we did for an entire hour was switch back and forth between a minute of climbing and a minute of recovery. For sixty minutes. No variation in pace. No intervals. Nothing.
To make matters worse, after about 30 minutes, the instructor kept saying we only had one more track left – she said that about six times before the class was actually over. By that point, I had totally checked out mentally. The whole thing was just sheer torture.
I finally had a good workout on Sunday morning – BodyPump Express and CXWORX. Both of which are tried and true favourites of mine.
Have you ever tried a fad workout that you found completely pointless?