I was feeling open about trying other Barre Dynamic classes after doing Dancers Sculpt for almost a month. So I figured what better way to experiment than to try the original Barre Dynamic class. The blurb on the class description said that it was much more focused on ballet movements, which appealed to me because I figured it would not be as hard on my body as the Dancers Sculpt class was. Better yet, the class was at 8:30 in the morning, which I know would be a nightmare to some, but was better for me because the 9:30 class put me in a real time crunch to get to work on time.
If I had to describe the exercises in the class in one phrase it would be “Slow but tough.” You weren’t going to break much of a sweat from the routines, but God were your muscles burning doing them. We started out doing wide squats to get our quads and gluts going. But soon, we moved our feet together, pointed our toes outward, and started doing squats, both stationary and side to side, in this new stance. I am guessing that this is one of the regular stances of ballerinas. It caught me off guard because I had never done squats, or any movement for that matter, in this position. Needless to say, my outer quads were absolutely screaming when we were pulsing in a set position. Mercifully, our instructor, Linda, moved us to the ballet bars after this. The exercises we did with the bars worked and toned our muscles like the previous movements, but also tested the limits of our flexibility. One particular movement I remember was, while facing the bar and gripping it with both hands, leaning over and extending a leg backward so that it was in line with my back. It was extremely tough and had I not done Dancers Sculpt in the weeks prior, I would not have had the flexibility to do it at all. At the end of the class, we took our movements to the floor, and did various upper body work as well as stretching.
At the end of the class, my muscles were very sore, but at the same time I felt much less tense. The various stretches and movements with the bar allowed me to get some of the knots out of my back as well as my legs. The only way I can think of to describe it was to combine the relaxation of a short massage with the muscle fatigue of lifting. Still, reading that analogy doesn’t make much sense. So go take the class to see what I am talking about.