Full disclosure: I haven’t worked out in over two years (I can’t believe I’m publicly admitting that!), since before I got pregnant with my little guy. Except for the occasional stroller walk and talk with a friend, I haven’t intentionally exercised for almost 31 months. In my defense, I feel like I work out almost every day because I chase a toddler around but I’m probably just using that as an excuse not to push myself.

So I decided to challenge myself and take a barre class at Pulse Barre Studio in Wenatchee. I was nervous to say the least. Would I survive? Would I like it? Could I even do it? Would my muscles give out? I’m excited to report that I did indeed survive the class and I actually really loved it!

Here are six tips to surviving your first barre class. And who knows, maybe we’ll see each other there!

1. Go to Pulse Barre Studio. They are SO sweet and encouraging and supportive and welcoming. Keisha (the owner) is so passionate about barre and has created such a great environment. The class I took was lead by Stephanie R. and she is AMAZING. Such a great teacher and so motivating. I literally want her to coach me 24/7. Can she follow me around and remind me to eat healthy and tighten my core all the time? But in all seriousness, Stephanie R. is a super talented instructor.

2. Be prepared to be sore. The good kind of sore that makes you feel like a bada** because you worked out and feel super cool.

3. Check the judgement at the door. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional athlete or if you have never worked out a day in your life. Your barre class is for you and you only. Both Keisha and Stephanie reminded me of that and made me feel super safe.

4. Count and count some more. The barre method of exercise focuses on high reps of small range of motion movements and holding your body still while contracting certain muscles. So you will countdown to 10 over and over and over again. This counting really helped me focus and get through each exercise. I would tell myself, “only 10 more, you got this”.

5. Breath and hydrate. Stephanie R. (and all the instructors) will remind you to breath through each movement and use your breath as a tool during your workout. Breath through the pain and breath through your stretches. And hydrate!!! I don’t need to tell you the benefits of drinking plenty of water, so I won’t. But I will remind to hydrate before, during and after class!

6. Have FUN! What’s the point of doing anything if you aren’t having fun, amiright? Don’t take yourself to seriously, smile through the pain, and follow the beat of the music as you do each exercise. Side note: they have awesome taste in music at Pulse Barre Studio – it was SO fun to work out to their playlist.

I hope this encourages you to try out barre! It’s an awesome work out and was a great experience. Pulse Barre Studio is offering some specials for January (obligatory, start the new year with a new you mention). Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to hear about their new year specials. Oh! And did I mention they have the cutest workout gear and some holiday specials?

Meet you at the barre!

PS — What kind of workout should I try out next? Comment below!