I don’t know if you noticed this in my post yesterday, but I mentioned doing 12 barre and yoga classes as part of my marathon training.
I actually started working at a barre studio at the beginning of this past summer. After not getting any summer internship offers, I began piecing together other activities to keep me occupied. I ended up taking three summer classes, working part-time in a lab, and working part-time at the barre studio.
Originally I had the idea that I’d try to find a part-time job as a barista. I love coffee, frequenting coffee shops, and creating things, so I thought being a barista would be a fun thing to do before I graduated college as an engineer and (hopefully) wouldn’t have the chance to hold a job like that again.
In the process of looking at opportunities at different coffee shops, I got an email newsletter from a barre studio whose email list I had signed up for but had never actually been to. It mentioned hiring a part-time desk worker to do things like check people in for class and perform light cleaning duties. And it said that classes would be free! I decided to go ahead and apply because it fit the bill of a job related to my interests, in this case fitness.
Based on the description, at first I thought that the work would be done in exchange for free classes, something I’d done before for a CrossFit gym. After a brief phone interview though, I realized it was paid in addition to free classes! (Not much payment, but still ;) ) And just like that, I had a job!
Working at the studio has been really fun overall. I love getting to know the instructors and clients, and I love having a behind-the-scenes look at how a fitness studio operates. I like having a lot of responsibility and autonomy at the job, and I appreciate that I’m able to squeeze in a bit of homework or reading while classes are going on. And I’ve certainly been taking advantage of having free classes!
Initially I wasn’t sure that barre would be something I’d like doing because it seemed to be some girly, ineffective workout (2 pound weights?), but it’s turned out to be a great complement to my running. Lots of lower body exercise, hip strengthening, and core work. I’m noticeably stronger and wayy more flexible. I can squat all the way to the ground without falling over! It’s miraculous.
Barre has been a great addition, and this is the most consistent I’ve ever been with strength training (although having free classes absolutely helps!).
After the marathon is over, I hope to be able to go to even more classes – right now I’m going to at best one a week due to time constraints and mileage goals, but I’d love a break from running not caused by injury!