** CuseFIT2013 is a series of posts created to highlight fitness classes and offerings in and around Syracuse, NY. It is designed to give you my impressions and tips as a first timer at various classes. My hope is that by removing the unknowns about new classes you will feel more comfortable and confident moving classes from your “want to try list” to your “completed list. Did you miss part 1 check it out here.” **
Welcome to part 2 of the CuseFIT series! This time I found myself at Gazella Performance & Wellness Studio in Skaneateles, NY. Co-owners Debbie Bobbitt and Reem Jishi created Gazella in 2010 and have been offering a great selection of fitness classes, group training and personal training ever since. Reem is a USA Triathlon Coach, USA Cycling Coach, Spinning instructor and certified Personal Trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. And Debbie is a Certified Personal Trainer/Group Exercise Instructor through Aerobic and Fitness Association of America, Certified Health Education Specialist through The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Nutrition Specialist through Lifestyle Management Associates, Certified Perinatal Instructor, Indoor Cycling Instructor and Balanced Body Pilates Instructor.
My mission was to try out the Core Barre class.
Upon walking in I was greeted with some very cute little ladies who were waiting for their dance class up stairs to start. They were adorable and very curious about what a blog was. My favorite question “So that’s like a paper right”? Super Cute.
Barre is one class that has always intrigued me, or should I say scared me. Since I have exactly ZERO days of dance lessons under my belt. And my gracefulness is pretty questionable. I knew no matter how ready I thought I was for this class it was going to challenge me.
Let’s Talk Fashion!
I don’ t have a great photo of what I wore, but you can kinda tell from this one. I choose again my comfy black gap t-shirt and Nike Tempo Shorts.
Whomp Whomp but I know I would wear something different next time. When I arrived most people were wearing leggings or capris and after fighting with my shorts. I would make that change for next time as well.
Debbie Bobbitt co-owner of Gazella was the instructor for the class. It was a quick 30 minute class, and my muscles were shaking minutes into it. Debbie kept repeating that “if it burns, it’s working”! That was soooo true for this class. She offered modifications if you weren’t quite ready for some of the movements. But for the most part every single person in the class was able to do the movements. The class is an amazing burn, there were several times when I thought OMG I can’t do this. Yet pushed through.
The class was a full house of women of all ages and builds. I learned very quickly that while I may be good at squats the Barre offers a much different workout.
This class really is about using muscles we don’t often use. Or at least I haven’t been using. I don’t workout out my feet a lot. It really is my most neglected body part 😉 Yet this class made me think about the balance of my foot and how much strength really comes from my feet and core. Granted the biggest area that was feeling it was my back, core and love handles. I’m just happy I didn’t sit close to the mirror since I had no interest in seeing the look on my face as I completed the movements.
The funny thing for me is I like to sweat when I workout. I’ve always used that as my gauge for how hard I’m working. This class wasn’t really making me burst out in sweat but instead was forcing me to engage my core and use the functions of my body to complete the class.
Deb graciously posed for some photos for me of the movements we completed in the class. I was shocked by how much you can work with the barre. This move really worked the core and lower back.
This move looks easy in photos, but again you are really engaging your entire body to hold this pose.
Although we didn’t complete this move in the class, this is what you can work up to:
As a runner I LOVED this class. It stretched out my hamstrings and my tight hips which I’ve never really had a good solution for opening up. The class is defiantly for people looking to get in a great core workout. Proving that a class doesn’t have to be long to get results.
Gazella Performance & Wellness Studio Skaneateles, NY
- Memberships: They offer a variety of membership levels, including class passes and monthly memberships. The best part? The first class is on them when you print out the coupon on their site.
- The rooms serve multi-purpose. They are clean and inviting.
- Don’t have a Mat? No problem for this class they are provided
- Class size is limited you should call or email ahead to reserve your spot.
- Be prepared to remove your shoes/boots upon entering the studio, they provide cubbies in the lobby
What to Bring
- Bottle of water
- Cute socks
- And a smile
What to Wear
- I do not suggest shorts, instead try a legging, pant or capris. Pants need to allow movement.
- I would suggest a tighter fitting shirt to prevent it from sliding up during certain movements.
What to expect
- Be prepared for a great workout, and to have a new respect for the arch of your foot
- Friendly and helpful instructors and members
- This class is completed in socks
Would I suggest this class….YES! It is challenging but not in a way that makes it impossible but in a way that makes you think about your body and what it can do. This again is a class where as you develop the base moves you can easily add in more challenging moves. What I especially liked about this class is that my core got a great workout and I wasn’t doing 100 sit-ups or squats in a row to accomplish it.
Question of the Day: What scares you most about trying out a new class?