For the past few years, I’ve been in a crazy, midlife crisis workout scheme: biking, boxing, weights, jumping on tires! It was my mental and physical release as I had been taking care of my mother with Alzheimer’s and raising four teenage children. Around six months ago, my body started telling me….enough already. You are 52 years old, you don’t need to be doing this stuff anymore.
In January I took the trial class for Bar Method. After the first few classes, I knew this is what my body and soul was craving… a place where I could stay fit, but also listen to my body, focus, and push my self in a way that required a different type of strength, an inner strength that required a different type of focus and determination.
At this stage in my life, inner strength and focus is what gets me through each day. So to have an hour in a peaceful, calming place where each exercise requires great determination and focus is a gift. I love to stand at the barre, look out the window and listen to Karen or Cayce’s encouragement, saying, “this is it, you can do this, this is how you change your body” even when my legs are shaking or I feel like I’m going to pass out.
In the past few years I’ve learned that it’s the small, hard things you have to push through that change you for the better. I love Bar Method because it reflects physically what I am learning internally: small, determined, focused movement make the change.
Yes, my body has changed! My clothes fit better, and I feel stronger, more flexible, and quicker when I crosstrain with my other sports like boxing. It was a great inspiration to take a class with Burr Leonard. After the class I understood that this is truly what Bar Method is about–finding inner grace and strength inside to change for the better, inside and out.
Karen and Cayce, thank you for bringing Bar Method to this area. I love it, I love your encouraging spirit to each student, and I will always be a big advocate and promoter of the Bar Method!”