Before the Barre: My Pre- “Barre Bee Fit” Experience

Thanks to our very own, Kovie Biakolo, for having the guts try out this week’s #MCGConnect chat sponsor- Barre Bee Fit!  Kovie is much more equipped for this type of… er, testing… than I am.  Today’s post is part 1 of Kovie’s 2 part series.  To win free BBF classes, join #MCGConnect chat tonight (Wed 1/18 at 8pm CST).  Not in Chicago?  Don’t worry, we’ll be giving away a Jamba Juice gift certificate too!  Also, get excited for Kovie’s regular column “Kovie in Chicago” which will be posted on Thursdays starting TOMORROW! -Nicole

I always feel awesome when I’m at the gym and people ask me if I’m an athlete. I mean I run a couple of times a week (though I will admit less so in the winter). I also do strength training, even if it means I do it at home with Chris Freytag.  I do Zumba, cardio kickboxing and yoga fairly regularly too. Some people think I’m kind of a health nut, and in addition to working out, being a vegetarian/pescetarian strengthens this view.  Any health nuts out there who can relate?!

Still, I went through a two-week period without working out in December.  Additionally, I like cookies and wine so my health “nuttiness” is well balanced with those two things. I think working out is very important for your body and for your mind. I also think enjoying life is very important for your body and your mind which sometimes means enjoying food. Sure, like anyone else I might over do-it on the cookies once in a while (cookies really are my thing) but for the most part, I eat healthy and exercise does not intimidate me. To be honest (and obnoxious), I generally tend to think I’m pretty good at it. Who else would say they are pretty good at exercise?  What do you do for your workouts?

So, you can imagine how confident I was when I got the opportunity to work out at “BarreBeeFit.”  For the record, it’s pronounced “Barbie” and that said, I was thinking –“how hard can it be?” I mean it’s called “BarreBee Fit!” How hard can a studio called “BarreeBeeFit” work these muscles? What, am I going to do? Lift  2 pound weights and feel the burn?  I showed up to the studio sniggering with that thought in mind (and with red shorts and a bright yellow shirt) and my overconfident athletic abilities.

You know what they say, “Confidence is a funny thing- not enough, and you think you’re a fool;  too much and you are the darn fool.” And that’s all I’ll say for now. But I do want to know, what do you think of when you think of when a studio is called “Barre Bee Fit?”

Stay tuned for part 2 of my Barree Bee Fit experience in my follow-up post “My Post Barree Bee Fit Experience!”

Kovie Biakolo

Kovie Biakolo is a Drake University Marketing Graduate. Originally thinking she was headed to law school in Chicago or a year in Spain, Kovie found herself in the Windy City in digital writing and marketing for over a year. Currently, Kovie is in graduate school for Multicultural and Organizational Communication and started a blog, Life At Twenty Something to write about the good, the bad and the ugly of the twenty something life.

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