If you followed my previous blog you know that I’ve become somewhat of a gym person. Gym might be the wrong word as I’m not at a typical gym but rather Lift which is a Barre + Cycle studio. If you knew me prior to having a kid you are probably surprised by the fact that I now go to the gym at all, let alone at least 3 times a week!! And if you only know me post baby you’re probably surprised that I wasn’t a gym person prior to the babe.
Let me tell you – I’ve tried. I’ve joined gyms, gone a few times, stopped and continued paying the monthly fee for months, if not years. But I’m no longer that person. I’ve found what works for me.
It all started in September 2014. My friend Sally asked me if I wanted to do a barre classes with her at Barre3. Scared out of my mind, I agreed. The first time I walked into that studio I was SO nervous. A little bit for leaving my 2 month old with these people but mostly for myself. I had a fear of doing group classes because I wasn’t in great shape and didn’t want to embarrass myself. But I put on my big girl panties and went for it! Even after the first class I knew I loved it. Everyone was so nice right when you walked into the studio and the instructor was incredibly helpful. I realized, the other people in the class are all at different fitness levels too. No one cares if you can’t hold a plank or do very many push-ups.
I started out going once a week, then twice and eventually three and sometimes four times a week. At one point I moved from Barre3 to Dailey Method because of nap schedules for R. Then I stuck with Dailey Method, now Lift, and love everything about it! Lift is great because there is Barre, Heated HIIT, and Cycle classes. I don’t cycle much but I LOVE the Heated HIIT program. It’s got all the moves from Barre but in a heated room and fast paced. It keeps your heart rate up and keeps you SWEATING. I even did a Dry Tri last weekend where we did 45 min Heated HIIT, 45 min Cycle, and 45 min Barre classes back to back!
So long story short, I’m a gym person now. I take R at least 3 days a week and we dredge the 25-30 minute drive over to Lift so that I can start out my day feeling good. Honestly, I’m a better momma when I get my workouts in regularly. I have more patience and I’m more attentive when I make sure to take time for myself too. Added benefit, R loves the childcare and I think it’s good for her.
Do you go to the gym or do some other sort of exercise? If not, I really do encourage it. Literally NEVER worked out regularly before this and now I’m hooked. Give it a try 🙂