As I posted yesterday, I signed up for my first Pure Barre class, which was Sunday. I knew going into the class that it would be tough. I never think new classes are easy because I want to do my best, and anything new is a shock to my muscles. Some of the exercises we did use small hand weights or resistance bands, but a lot of the exercises used body weight.
One exercise in particular, using the barre, targeted my periformis like you wouldn't believe. I know part of their weakness resulted in my ITBS but it's not like I wasn't trying to strength train. It's just that nothing's worked. These exercises had one leg as the stabilizer, and I know I should've felt the exercise in the leg that was working, but nope. The periformis in the stabilizing leg took over and that's all I felt. When we switched sides, I could balance out the struggle.
The other interesting part is we were told we want our muscles shaking almost immediately. We were told that means the muscle is changing, which I guess is the whole point? Again, we were at the barre, and since this set of exercises is done on tippy-toes, I was shaking like a paint mixer. If that's the objective, crushed it.
Overall, it was challenging but in a good way. I'd like to take more classes and I have to master the "tuck" technique. It's not instinctive, so when I was struggling Sunday, that tuck went out the window. And the quick tuck movements? I felt like a jumping jelly bean trying to get it right.
Monday morning I felt everything in my periformis, and walking around Sunday after class was interesting. When I had to stop and get gas, I almost had to hold onto the car as I walked around to the pump because my periformis(es) wanted to give out on me. And I would totally do it again.