Originally my goal was to stick to running, spin and some yoga because I wasn’t sure what my core could handle. But I have been dying to get back to the barre. A few things convinced me to give the class a go:
- I feel pretty comfortable with everything but the ab portion with the c-curve and flat back up against the wall.
- My friend reminded me how there are always pregnant women there and they have modifications. I can always ask for some for myself!
- I also knew my friend Rosemary just got a membership to Exhale and I could probably convince her to go with me. Which she did! It was comforting to see her smiling face early and she even set up a spot for me!
Right away instructor Patricia Woodard was introducing herself to faces she didn’t recognize-me being one of them. I told her that I had surgery in July and this was my first barre class back. She told me to be patient and also reminded me that Core Fusion Barre is very intense for the core (hence the name).
For modifications I kept on my knees for almost all of the plank positions and when we were in c-curve position I would take breaks by resting my elbows on the ground. Patricia said to not worry about engaging my core all the time but to do it in intervals to slowly ease back into it.
Barre class got me looking forward to getting back to some of the classes that I have been missing, but it also made me realize I need to wait a little longer before returning. Here is why:
- My butt is exhausted! My butt muscles were shaking while we were working in standing pretzel when we hadn’t even gotten too far into the exercise. It just didn’t feel completely right. I think that my muscles are still fatigued from my overuse injury. It sounds crazy that they could still be fatigued since April 2012, but the doctor I just saw thinks that I need to work on strengthening my core before they can fully heal.
- My core can’t handle it! I felt the workout was a little too much for me. My stomach has been feeling a little off too ever since class-kind of reminiscent of how I felt before my surgery but not as bad luckily.
I don’t regret going to barre. It was an incredible workout and I am learning what my body can and can’t handle right now. Barre is not one of the workouts that I can’t handle right now.
This doesn’t meant that I am going to give up on exercise. I am going to take a different approach. I am going to stick to yoga, short distance running, and spinning for now. I am hoping to get my appointment booked with a physical therapist soon too. They referred me to Mass General Hopsital and it can take a long time to get an appointment with them. I think the best way to work my core to recover from both surgery and my hip overuse injury will only be with the help of a physical therapist.
Question for you:
Have you ever had to recover from an injury? Did you have trouble finding workouts that worked for you?