Well, my friends, the results from my challenge are in...
...and I have good news! I successfully completed the 30 day challenge, and I feel amazing!
As I mentioned on my 16 day update, I have more definition in my muscles which still rings true on day 30. Not only do I see more definition, I feel stronger and can push myself further. My flexibility has improved leaps and bounds. I'm not all the way to a full split but I am a whole lot closer than I was previously. I think the last time I did the splits was about 10 years ago, so the fact that I've improved so much in such a short amount of time thrills me. My form has improved, which is important in barre in order to receive the full benefit from the exercise. I feel that I find something relating to form during every class that I can improve on just a little bit more, which in turn makes the exercise more effective.
I've had people ask me if it's ok to do this every single day for 30 days. Yes, it is. Most of us have been taught that we need a day of rest every now and then, which is true for the majority of exercises. Pure Barre is actually designed so that you can safely do it every day. I even asked Lauren, the owner of PB Boston about this to confirm. And my body and muscles will double confirm it :) I never once throughout the 30 days felt like I was harming my body by going every day.
Last, and perhaps most importantly, I STILL LOVE IT! In addition to the exercise itself, the instructors make the classes so wonderful to go to. I felt I was being cheered on and encouraged every step of the way of this challenge. My instructor last night, Courtney, even publicly congratulated me in front of the class on completing my 30 days, which I definitely wasn't expecting. The personal attention, encouragement, and appreciation like this is definitely part of what keeps me coming back for more. I'm giving myself a break today, but I will happily be back lifting, toning and burning tomorrow, and I can't wait!