And so the exploration continues, albeit slowly. As you know, I’m exploring using ClassPass as part of my fiscally responsible behavior – it’s a foreign feeling for me, but I think I’m doing well!
I have said this before and I will say it again, never, ever mess with a ballet girl! I’ve done barre classes before and I have always found that they kick my butt! PopPhysique was no different, in fact I would say it was a harder class than any of the ones I did in London. I am by no means weak, I can run, swim and other things, yup I’m definitely chubby but I’m fitter than I look; but this barre class left me feeling like I could barely lift my legs. All of my weak spots were targeted particularly around my ITB & hamstrings which are tight as hell from running.
The studio is a version of lovely simple: reasonable size space with beautifully polished floors, cubbie holes in the back for your stuff and a bathroom. No showers, but this is starting to look pretty common in LA
They have sites in a few locations across LA, so I’ll definitely be heading back in. Besides, it’s got to be good for my running.
Ok, this classes is not my proudest moment. What I am about to tell you is not going to help me persuade you that I am relatively fit (yes, balanced with chubby) … I only made it for 18 minutes of the 30 minute class 😔 on the plus side, I made it 8 minutes longer than the first person who bailed.
This class is tough! It’s also weird. I’ve never seen machines like this. It’s like a stepper (really not sure how to spell that) with hand holds at head height so when you get going it is kind of like you are climbing- with your butt sticking out. I have a slightly dodgy shoulder, knee and ankles so to be honest, I’m not sure if it was fatigue or real pain, but after 18 minutes I decided not to push it. I think this was the smart move in a land without universal health care.
As far as the workout itself goes- I reckon it is torching calories, it is seriously working you. Will I try it again? Yeah, why not. I’ll see if I can get the whole way through the class 😏
** I pinched this screenshot from the website because I didn’t take any pics when I was there. Important point to note (as asked by my buddy) no you do not have to be nude for the class, though some people are close 😉