Last month, as part of my having a ClassPass, I had the opportunity to try Barre3 in UTC/La Jolla for the first time. After my previous experience at a different studio, I was hesitant to try barre again, but after a lot of encouragement from others, I decided to give it a shot. I chose Barre3 in UTC because of its central location, which made it easy to get to on a weekday after work, as well as its great reviews on Yelp. I’m really glad I decided to give barre another chance, because the experience I had at Barre3 was entirely different and from the moment I walked in, I felt like I was welcomed and wanted, and that the staff genuinely cared that I had a good experience.
As soon as I entered, the woman at the front (who I later found out was the Assistant Manager) was really friendly and helped me sign in and showed me around.
I loved how clean the building was, and also how bright, yet warm, the barre studio was. My Monday evening class was with Stephanie, who also made every effort to make me feel comfortable from the beginning. She helped me get set up and throughout the class, she not only thoroughly explained the movements, but also did them herself, which helped me better understand what I was supposed to be doing. She also walked around and made sure everyone’s form was good, while offering modifications to the movements for those who were having trouble or were new.
After the class, Stephanie and Sara (the Assistant Manager) asked how I enjoyed the class and my time at Barre3, and I shared with them my previous experience and resulting hesitation over taking another barre class, but also that I loved Barre3 and how wonderful my time there was.
Barre3 in UTC completely changed my impression of barre, and while I planned to return to the studio anyway, I’m excited to share that the Lauren, the Studio Manager, has invited me to participate in the Barre3 challenge!
In addition to purchasing a challenge kit (above, which includes a tracking chart, tote, wristband and water bottle), the challenge involves taking four barre classes a week, one online class, and trying a new Barre3 recipe each week (which you receive in weekly email newsletters). The challenge began last Monday and goes through February 1.
I really appreciate that Barre3 has given me this opportunity and I can’t wait to share my experience, how I feel and the results after a month of barre.
Have you ever done a barre class, or a month-long challenge for a different type of class? What was your experience like?