By Joie Goh
If your 2022 resolution is to start taking more WeBarre classes, here’s your inspiration! Sarah Suah is the definition of a WeBarre Addict – she attends classes in-studio 6 days a week. Read on to learn more about how she built up her strength and endurance, and all the benefits she has gained along the way!
When did you start doing these almost daily classes, and why did you decide to do it?
The first time I tried doing daily WeBarre classes in-studio was in April this year, when I got the Monthly Unlimited pack! That period of time fell in between gym closures, and I was quite free then so I figured why not!
I’d been doing virtual classes quite frequently for some time by then, and while I feel that WeBarre really has the best virtual classes, it definitely makes a difference to have your instructors and peers physically present alongside you in-studio.
My rationale was that if the unlimited pack allows me to do daily classes, why not take full advantage of it? I also love the endorphin rush that comes with working out! This time round I purchased the 3-Month Unlimited pack during the year-end promotion, which is why WeBarre has pretty much become my second home over the past month and a half!
Don’t you get exhausted taking so many classes? How do you get your rest?
I think my body has just gotten accustomed to being so active that I don’t need quite as much recovery as I used to! On top of Barre I also do a mix of boxing, HIIT and strength training pretty often, so in that sense the WeBarre Fundamentals classes have become more of an active recovery for me!
This works really well for me especially because I otherwise get pretty restless on rest days; I definitely still feel the burn during each session, but even then it’s not too crazy intense. That said, it’s always important to listen to your body, so I make sure to take the lower-impact options or easier modifications where needed.
Are there times where you feel like you lack motivation to come for classes?
While I’d love to be able to share helpful tips on overcoming workout inertia, I actually can’t remember the last time I didn’t feel motivated to go for class! From the time I attended my first WeBarre class back in 2019, I remember having such a good experience that I subsequently found myself always being really excited to go for classes. It was very much a mindset shift where exercise went from a chore to a fun thing to do!
More importantly though, amidst the numerous gym closures over the past two years, you realize how much of a privilege it is to be able to work out in-studio. It’s so great to have instructors be physically present to encourage you and correct your form, and that in-person interaction really can’t be replaced with virtual alternatives. So I guess knowing the value of being able to go for something that I enjoy is a big motivator!
What advice can you give people who are daunted by the idea of working out and coming to barre classes almost every day?
I remember the first time I did consecutive days of WeBarre classes – I’d “panic booked in” right before the first lockdown in 2020! At the time my muscles were definitely a little sore, but it was my last chance to go for studio classes for a while, to which instructor Novia said, “That’s how you get stronger! You keep going even when it hurts!” (Turns out my advice still comes from WeBarre haha!)
While you certainly want to rest any injuries, when it comes to muscle soreness I’ve found that the body adapts incredibly quickly to working out, such that after a while it just takes everything in its stride! It’s a good idea to progressively increase the frequency and intensity of your workouts safely so as to build up a routine where you can stay active in a sustainable manner. Once that habit is formed, you’d really be surprised at how much you’re capable of and how strong you can get if you step out of your comfort zone!