Things I Love Thursday: Barre Fit Class

I'm always asked where I find my inspiration for ideas and about other products and things that I love. On Thursdays, I'll share these things with you.

For the first installment of Things I Love Thursday, I want to tell you about one of my favorite ways to work out - the Ballet Barre Fit class with Texas Ballet Theater.

TBT first offered this class as a boot camp last August. Boot camp is 1 1/2 hours a day for five days in a row. Developed by one of the members of the company to keep her in shape while recovering from an injury, this isn't your grandmother's ballet class. It's a circuit training combo of barre work, cardio dance and pilates set to current, upbeat music.

And let me tell you, that's a VERY sweaty hour and a half.

I decided to try the boot camp because it'd been 7 years and 35 gained pounds since I was a professional dancer. It'd been 15 years since a formal ballet class. I hadn't been working out as consistently as I'd liked and needed something drastic to kick me in the tail.

I found it.

I love dance because it doesn't feel like a workout and it's one of the few things that can actually get me out of my own head for a while. (Yoga is another.) I also love how easily accessible this class is to all fitness levels. We have everyone from late teens and twenties to women upwards of around 60 or so and from professional dancers to no experience in dance whatsoever. Since boot camp, I've attended whenever I could and am currently participating in this week's Boot Camp.

Yep, loved the torture so much that I'm doing it again. Day 4 is today and I'm feelin' good.

(Added benefit to a major workout like this - when you push yourself through something like this, you feel like you can accomplish or push through ANYTHING! Major confidence booster!)

After boot camp, TBT will start their regular class schedule which you can find more about here.

If you're looking for a good workout that is outside of the gym and outside of the norm, ballet fit classes are an excellent, full-body cardio and strength training workout. There are a few other places here in Fort Worth that I haven't had the opportunity to try yet but intend to very soon. I bet there's one near you as well! If you try it out or have done it before, let me know what you think in the comments.

Now where's my tiara?