all barre, all the time

I’m trying to live up to Carol’s energy level (can’t) at the community center this month and next  while she’s temporarily out.  Unfortunately, I’m not as talented or versatile as she is, so even though she teaches a multitude of different classes, while I’m subbing for her…the classes are mostly barre.  Because that’s my thang.  (Except for the Pump classes…I am trying to, you know, pump instead of pulse during those hours.)  So, if you’ve been wanting to try out a barre format, March and April may be a good time to come on over.  Monday nights, as usual, at 6:30, then Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am (except for March 27th), and Fridays at 9am.  And of course there are so many other classes to try! Different kinds of yoga, HIIT workouts, toning classes, cardio, cross-training, Pilates…

It’s easy to get caught up in the Spring Breaks, and our kids’ extra-curricular activities, etc this time of year and sort of…fade out of the gym/exercising.  Don’t forget to take care of yourself.  Make your health a priority and a year-round habit.

downtime, thoughts, announcements


Barre class at Riversong Dance is on holiday right now. First class of the year will be Wednesday January 18th at 7:30 pm.

That’s 4 weeks of break! If you’re like me, coasting isn’t an option. I have to keep up a workout routine or I gain weight, lose muscle, and become less limber. And I just feel bad.

Here’s what I’ll be doing for the next month:

I purchased Body by Simone on Amazon (tip: buy used) and have begun her core workout . It’s a nice switch-up because it requires a few accessories, such as resistance bands, that we don’t use at the studio .

Tonight I started a 45-day free trial of Grokker so that I can access Brett Larkin‘s yoga + barre workout. She is my fav yoga instructor . Her humble, gentle demeanor . . . love .

I am going to make an effort to swim once a week for the next month. I rarely swim because I get so cold. Also I have asthma and something about a breast stroke makes me wheeze like nothing else. It’s weird. But I need to work on my shoulders and that annoying anterior deltoid tilt thing I have going on, and so I will swim (here).

Also. . . I was talking to my pastor tonight, and it looks like Seymour United Methodist will be offering a Wednesday evening course beginning in January called Made to Crave. I will be helping facilitate this, and I’m excited! It’s a 6-week course that really addresses the mental/emotional/spiritual facets of our health choices, and encourages a lot of introspection and discussion. The premise is that we are indeed made to crave,  but we often crave things that harm us (like food) .  And then there is a 6-week follow-up course that the author developed with a physician that really gets to the nuts and bolts of fitness. Should be good. I think SO OFTEN we attempt to self-treat our physical issues without addressing the underlying emotional issues that led us to unhealthy behaviors in the first place.

Also, registration for Get Fit Seymour is going on now, with a late-January program start date. Word is I’ll be leading an early morning barre class AND a late evening barre class at the Get Fit/The Pound studio in Seymour. Gretchen, the owner, is pregnant. Valerie, the Riversong Dance Studio owner, is pregnant. So I’ll have two pregnant bosses. Perhaps you are a pregnant studio owner who needs a barre instructor? I make really cute baby blankets, just saying.

Guess that’s it. I’ll post here in a week or so, but for now I wish you all a most joyful Christmas . Shalom! ~Shannon