ages ago, i'd asked the ladies at xtend barre if they were planning on doing any more "mommy & me" classes. they'd attempted it once or twice awhile ago, but it had been during the school year and was mostly limited to the under-5 crowd. a few other folks expressed some interest too, and then we all forgot about it.
then a few weeks ago, i decided to drop cara, the owner, an e-mail to see if she thought they'd give it a shot before summer came to an end. they're actually hard at work opening a second studio and just hosted a 5-day intensive training session for wannabe xtend instructors, so i kind of figured it wouldn't happen anytime soon.
i got a response from her last week offering to do a small class with our daughters, mostly to give her a chance to practice teaching a class and see how the girls liked it. after coordinating schedules, we were ready to go.
the bean was super excited for class. she'd been asking me for weeks, and i was pretty happy when i was finally able to tell her that yes, we were finally going to take a class together. and because i'm also her mommy, the teen got to come too.
time for the warm-up! she thought it was pretty cool that there were 1-pound weights, perfect for her to use. and of course, she struck a pose.
setting up for tricep dips.
after rolling up her mat and taking a spot at the barre, she practiced a few pliés.
a little cardio and balance work.
often the hardest part of class - the foldover series.
stretching it out.
it was really cute watching her try her hardest at the ab work using the yoga strap.
i want to ride my bicycle...
a little booty work with the stretchy band. here's one:
and the other.
all done with the hard stuff. a few final stretches:
i'm mostly amused with my reflection in the mirror here. but hey, i still managed to keep my relevé while snapping pictures.
cara seems to be a natural at teaching the little ones. she said she was really nervous, but i couldn't tell. and i thought this was a great way to ease into teaching - kids don't care if you mess up now and then. i hope she decides to make this at least a semi-regular thing at the studio. despite my occasional breaks to take pictures, i managed to get in a pretty good workout, and the bean said she had fun and wanted to go again.
all in all, a very successful first mommy & me class!