Last week I attended my first Barre3 class at Barre3 Bend (where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates). My sister is an avid Barre3 attender and is always trying to get me to go with her (it's on the other side of town and $12 per class + $3 for childcare is just a bit much for me). However, during the week of Thanksgiving they were offering a free class if you brought in 3 cans of food. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a class without worrying about it being worth the money.
The class was PACKED. So packed that there wasn't even enough room at the barre and people had to do their workout on the floor. It was also a little warm for my taste but I guess it helped me to get my sweat on. The class was awesome. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect but I loved the isolating of muscles and really feeling the burn throughout all the muscles in my body. It was intense but I felt like I kept up pretty well, especially for my first class. It's hard not knowing what to expect so there were a few times that I gave up on a hold or exercise only to find out if I'd have held on maybe 10 more seconds then I would have completed it with everyone else. But that's okay, I still felt proud of myself.
The next day I was certainly sore (ie. Barre3 hangover) but it felt really good. While I don't think I will be coughing up $15 for a class anytime soon, I think I may look into getting a Barre3 video to do at home.