I got back from Pure Barre teacher training in Denver at around 3 AM on Monday morning thanks to a mechanical issue with the plane I was on. Turned into more of a red eye than I was hoping for. But, thanks to a giant latte from Starbucks I made it through the day and have caught up on some sleep since then.
Anyway, today for Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Amanda I wanted to share a little bit about what teacher training was like. In a lot of ways it was very similar to yoga teacher training, but a much shorter duration; yoga teacher training was a 200 hour program, whereas the barre training itself was a weekend-long program.
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I flew out to Denver early on Friday, because why not if the flights are the same price? I was fortunate enough to be able to schedule some time to see my friend Emily, one of my BFFs from grad school. And, I got to see her sweet pup, Diego, who was my Sheltie Maggie’s BFF when we were in South Carolina.
I wanted to stay up all night talking with Emily, but I had long days scheduled on Saturday and Sunday, so I headed back to my hotel to get some rest. I woke up early on Saturday so I’d have plenty of time to grab breakfast and plan out what I should pack in my tote to bring with me to training. I walked from my hotel to the training center, which was really nice because the weather was really beautiful and I got to see some of the city.
As I said earlier, training itself was very similar to what we did for yoga teacher training. We took a class that was taught by our trainer so we could see what a really good class should look and sound like. We learned about proper form for the different exercises we do, which is important for any type of fitness activity to make sure that 1) you’re working the muscles correctly, and 2) you don’t get hurt. And, we practiced teaching. I had lots of flashbacks to yoga teacher training when we taught sun salutation after sun salutation.
I had been taking as many classes as I could fit in a week before heading to training, which I think actually helped prepare my body for the stress of going to teacher training. I definitely used my foam roller at night and had some recovery drink to help me prepare for the next day, which I think helped, too.
I was really nervous about going to training before I went because I don’t have a ton of experience taking barre classes, even though I do have a good amount of experience teaching fitness classes. Luckily almost everyone was really nice and accepting, although there were some mean girls in the class talking down about those of us with less experience. I tried not to focus on the negativity, but it did make me feel kinda crummy. At least their hurtful words were good motivation to make me work harder and teach better.
I unfortunately didn’t have time to get up into the mountains on this trip, but I did get to enjoy them from the airport. I would really love to get back to Denver and get to spend some more time in the mountains. So tempted to go to Fitbloggin’, which is in Denver, although I’m already going to BlogFest. If only I had infinite time and money!
My body is still recovering from all of that work, although I’m still trying to fit in as many classes as I can back at my home studio. My muscles are definitely fatigued, but now I know how to modify things so that I’m working my body as much as it needs to be worked and not more. I’ll get a few rest days from barre this weekend, which I think will help me recover more fully from training. In the meantime, lots of tart cherry juice and protein for me!
Have you gone to fitness instructor training? What was your experience like?
Where’s your favorite place to travel to? Mountains? Beaches?