On recommitting to the barre

Ok, let’s be honest — the title of this post is a wee bit misleading, ya’ll know by now how absolutely in love with the barre I am these days. Even in the midst of marathon training.

BUT — this weekend was an awesome reminder of why I am so damn in love with barre n9ne.

A couple of things lead up to this whole concept of ‘recommitting’ to the barre:

I taught a lot last week — including an awesome double session on Saturday (was subbing for one of the other instructors who was away). And every single time I set foot in the studio, I just smiled. Sure, it’s work and it’s a job to be there, creating killer classes and making sure I keep it lively. But I LOVE it. So it never, ever feels like work. It just feels right.

I helped Tanya (barre n9ne studio owner) kick off the next 60-day challenge in the Danvers studio on Saturday. Right after teaching that double, I stuck around to welcome the new challengers, helping to get their ‘before’ pictures, weight and measurements done. I spent a lot of time walking around the room, talking to the new and returning challengers — answering questions, allaying their fears, sharing my own story and experience since joining the studio last May. I even heard from one challenger who decided to commit to the challenge after reading my story on this little blog ‘o mine. Imagine?! That was the coolest. The energy in the room was so apparent — every single woman in the room was there because they were ready. Ready to commit – to themselves, to the barre, to a new beginning. Awesome.

After the challenge kick-off ended, I finally took my ‘after’ measurements — something I had meant to do at the one-year mark since we kicked off the challenge last May. We never got around to it this past May and after sitting in that room feeling so inspired? I wanted to see just how far I’d come, in numbers, since my own challenge. Not so much because I needed the reassurance or that the numbers would tell me just how successful I was, but because I wanted to have metrics to share with other challengers — to show them that that this challenge is truly just the beginning. There is no end, it becomes a totally sustainable lifestyle. A lifestyle I happen to love very much.

I wasn’t going to share these numbers on the blog but honestly? I’m freakin’ damn proud of myself. Over a year later and I’m still working towards refinement, continuing to hone my own practice while working my bum off to motivate every client that takes my class.

So here goes…

Since joining barre n9ne last May as the first challenger (with my sis!), I’ve lost almost 25 inches and 18 pounds

Are you kidding me?? The numbers I saw as Tanya took my measurements were unreal. It was like that other person, those ‘before’ numbers, weren’t really me, I just feel like an entirely new person today. Not just physically but ridiculously more so mentally. It’s incredible.

I stand in awe, truly.
…and recommitted to the barre all over again

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39 thoughts on “On recommitting to the barre

  1. That IS freaking inspirational! WOW!!!! You both are so amazing. And now that I’ve met one of you wonderful (and hot!) ladies, I can’t wait to meet YOU in just a few short months. I booked my plane tickets for Chi marathon weekend on Friday! I’m officially there. 🙂

    • Ahhh you are the CUTEST Tina, I love you!! If I wasn’t already SO jazzed to be in Chicago this fall running a freakin’ MARATHON (omg haha), but now that I know that I’ll FOR SURE meet you?? I am SO SO SO EXCITED!!!!! I can’t wait!!!

  2. I love this sis!! We are absolutely in love with the barre in every way. There’s no doubt that it is by far, the best thing we have ever done and the thing we are most passionate about. I am so proud of you and also proud of me, our results just speak for themselves…and I am freaking proud too. Crazy to even say that, yet believe it too.

    • It IS crazy, isn’t it? But it shouldn’t be crazy to believe that you feel pride — we’ve worked our bums off to get here and well, we deserve to feel proud. True pride and joy – because we found our ‘true selves’ and we are following an incredible path…and we’re doing it TOGETHER. All the better ❤

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  4. OMG That is so awesome!!! You should be so proud of yourself. Yes, you’ve worked really hard for this but it’s more than that – it’s about changing your lifestyle as well as the absolute love and commitment you have to all of this that oozes from every single one of your posts. You and Jo are so inspiring, can I just tell you that?

    • I write from the heart — and when it comes to barre n9ne? I’m writing from deep down in my heart and soul…this is what it’s all about for me. I’ve found my passion, I’m living the life I’ve always wanted and I’m able to pass that along to all the barre n9ne clients out there looking to live a healthier and more fit lifestyle. I feel so blessed. Truly. And THANK you for calling me and Jo an inspiration…that means so much coming from you.

  5. What an inspiring post! Congratulations! I am obsessed with the Bar Method and go 4-5 times a week. I hope to be a teacher one day – I can see how it wouldnt feel like work and just feel right! If you have any advice send it my way 🙂 Happy Monday!

    • Isn’t it awesome to find a workout method that you LOVE and adore and can’t get enough of?? That’s exactly what barre n9ne is for me…and I feel totally honored to be teaching in a style that I love and fully believe in. Definitely pursue a teaching certification if you can, it’s an amazing experience.

  6. one of my dear friends here in Portland has fallen in love with barre – the way she talks about it reminds me of you two, and she even got a job at the studio!

    my new neighborhood has a studio… I have been thinking about checking it out. I totally feed off the excitement you and your sis both have, you two are incredibly inspiring! 😀

    • Ohhhhh there’s a barre studio near your house?? PLEEEEEASE go and try a workout and report back to me?? I would LOVE your take!! I’m clearly obsessed and way too excited about this 😉

  7. wow JEss! That is amazing! I am really excited to get my body back in shape after the baby (and recovery) comes! I will have to check out one of these classes if it’s in my area! You look amazing! Congrats!

    • You will be a fab fit mom, I just know it! I can’t wait for your little one to arrive 🙂

      If there ARE classes in your area, definitely give it a shot, great for pre/post pregnancy as well! (our studio even offers ‘mommy and me’ classes, how cute is that?)

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