“After years of being a “gym person”, I was completely and utterly burned out. After a year of trying different workouts, including some “extreme home DVD workouts”, running the track, and even a variation of a barre classes. I was unhappy with my weight gain and frustrated with the options for exercise that were available. While looking at a picture of myself on vacation in August 2011 I was so disappointed at what I saw. I knew I had to do something! Then the Bar Method Carmel Mountain opened in October 2011. Although I thought I’d tried a barre class before, I thought I’d give this one a try anyway. WOW! It was completely different than anything I’d ever done before. The workout was challenging, but not so much that I couldn’t do it. The shaking I felt was so foreign to me, but as they say in Bar Method, “if you’re shaking, you’re changing!” I loved it! Courtney has been an inspiration right from the moment I walked into the beautiful studio. She continues to be a motivational instructor and has never let me cheat myself out of an amazing work out.
Since joining The Bar Method I have lost a total of 20 pounds. With the help of Courtney and her wonderfully talented group of instructors, I have longer, leaner legs, definition in my arms that I never saw from lifting weights at the gym, a tushy that makes me proud to wear jeans, and I have actual definition in my abs! Me!! Actual abs!!! I never thought I’d see that happen, ever.
Seriously. Besides all of that, which is amazing in itself, I am never bored in class. The format may be the same, but the exercises vary, the instructors teach them differently, and if I ever feel I’ve “mastered” a move, I know I can go lower, tuck tighter, or stay in the muscle longer to continue challenging myself. I am certain that this will be my choice of exercise for the rest of my life. Not only is it good for my body physically, it is wonderful for my peace of mind, too. I feel very fortunate to say that I get the bonus plan with this exercise because I have made some wonderful friends at the Bar Method Carmel Mountain, both instructors and students. Lucky me, I can get fit doing something I look forward to doing every day. Thank you to all the lovely ladies of Bar Method Carmel Mountain. You’ve helped me find the “me” I’ve always wanted to be and never found anywhere else.”
I recently started taking some level two classes and boy…they are hard and even more challenging but totally worth it!”