If you’ve been hearing about B Present Studio for awhile now but have yet to try a class, you’re in good company: that’s exactly how Lucy’s journey started too. “I first heard about B Present through our neighbors and had always wanted to try it out, but I was always in golf season, or recovering from some type of surgery,” says Lucy, who was then a high school senior. But when her mom came home from her first class in February of 2016 raving about her newfound love for the barre, Lucy finally had to take the plunge. “I was determined to recover from my latest surgery and get cleared to try a class before I headed off to school!” And as any barre addict knows, trying “just one class” is usually only the beginning… Continue reading “Meet the Barre Beauty: Lucy B.”
Carrie has been a B Present barre tender since January 2015, and recently took on an additional role as a wellness coach in the new B Well arm of B Present Studio. She is also a 6th grade teacher in the Edwardsburg school system.
How long have you been teaching at B Present?
I was in the January 2015 training class and started student teaching after that, but had to take a short hiatus–I had a calcium deposit in my shoulder and had to take some time off to recover from that–so I actually started teaching my own classes in May.
Life loves to throw us curveballs, doesn’t it? Sometimes you’re just hitting your stride, just getting close to reaching a goal you’ve been working toward for ages, and then WHAM–you get knocked down. Typically “knocked down” is just a figure of speech, but let’s say–purely hypothetically–you were literally knocked down by a crooked sidewalk and, I don’t know, broke your foot or something. COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL, PEOPLE.
*Always get your doctor’s permission to begin or continue an exercise regimen while injured or ill.*
What is that old saying about good days and bad days, and ups and downs in life? “Some days you’re the windshield, some days you’re the bug, and some days you trip over the stupid sidewalk and break your foot.” That sounds right, doesn’t it? I’m pretty sure that’s how it goes.
Check out Lindsey Forsyth’s barre story, featured in our July 2015 newsletter:
“For the last 15 years, I have been nursing a bad back. I’m 31- that’s almost HALF of my life. I suffered a stress fracture to my L4 vertebra playing soccer, and since then my back has seemed to be a downward spiral of dysfunction. After seeking help from a series of doctors throughout my high school and college years, I came to accept that back issues would likely be a part of my life forever. By January, 2014 the ongoing nuisances had become pretty severe pains that began to affect my quality of life and my ability to be an active mother to my three young children. Every afternoon, like clockwork, I got a persistent tension headache that wouldn’t let up until I slept at night. I almost always went to bed with aching legs and the mobility in my neck was worsening weekly. Sometimes I couldn’t stand up straight for a week.
“The first time I attended barre was in Tammy’s basement for a fundraiser. At that point I was working out pretty consistently at a local gym (multiple aerobic classes and spinning), so I thought I would be ready for this workout.
Not. Even. Close.
I had no idea how challenging the class would be and felt like I was a newcomer to group exercise. The funny thing about it was that even though I felt like a complete novice… I totally loved it! Fast forward to today. There are still workouts when I feel like I am a complete novice, but each time I come I know I grow stronger…yet there are still a million ways that I know I can improve.