I have been a gym rat my whole life. For the past 3 years I have been working out regularly at the rec center by my house. I have been so busy with work that I have done no classes at all, bad for me.
A friend of mine and I are planning an adventure tour to Majorca, Spain in a few months. This entails 7 days of biking tours around the beautiful and amazing island of Majorca. I have done a trip like this many years ago to Portugal. It was wonderful, fun and I met a lot of other adventurous people.
To get in shape for this trip, I decide to join a place close to my home called “Fly Wheel”. It consists of stadium spin classes. They also offer “Fly Barre” classes. The barre classes are new to me but I figure what-the-heck, the price is right for a package of both.
I am prepared for how out of shape I am for the spin classes and take the learning curve in stride. The room is dark so no one can really judge my floundering around and I know it will be just a matter of time for me to get stronger. Not to mention it is fun, different, and challenging.
As I enter the Barre class I notice I am certainly the oldest person in a small, brightly-lit room filled with 20 young, perfect female specimens. I am totally intimidated. The tiny instructor must have see the deer-in-the-headlights look on my face. She comes over to calm me down; telling me to go at my own pace and just “have fun” this first class. HA!
They use a ballet barre, stretchy bands, small dumbbells, and a squishy soccer-sized ball for various exercises. I am familiar with the ballet barre and the dumbbells for working out. I have never used the stretchy bands before and it is fun. You can make the workout as hard or easy as you like and, believe me; I am making everything easy. The squishy ball is held behind your bent knee when you are on all fours. I have never used it before. The darn thing keeps popping out and hitting everyone in the class while I chase it all around. I should get points for how fast I am moving to grab my squishy ball!
I see only humor in my situation and cannot stop laughing while everyone glares at me. I am looking forward to getting past the learning curve so I can just to keep up with those perfect little peanut butts!
Forgot to mention, there are actually 2 instructors for this class. It is so intense; they have to switch off half way through.
Every day is an adventure!