Bar Method & My Bum

My mama always said it ain’t bragging if you can back it up…

The inspiration for this post about The Bar Method is my rear end. So, I can, literally, back it up. Get it? No? Try harder…

My butt looks ah-mazing the pants I’m wearing today. No lie. And I have The Bar Method to thank for that. No, I will not post a photo. Sorry.

But there was a time when I wasn’t so sure my butt and Bar were going to be friends.

I’ve always liked my butt. It’s usually been on the larger end of things, but in a good way. At least in my opinion. See, I come from a family of butt-less wonders, so having an ass was a blessing. My mom even named my butt when I was younger. I played competitive softball and I was a catcher. Being a catcher is like signing up to do a bazillion squats during each game, so my butt was like a rock. She called it Rambo.

About three to four months after starting Bar, my butt disappeared. It was flatter than it had ever been. I was devastated. I wasn’t sure what to do. I was loving what Bar was doing for the rest of my body, but freaked at the notion of a butt-less future.

I decided to talk to the owner of my location in Boulder, Leslie, and get her help with “Operation Ass-back”.  She was very helpful in explaining that a certain level of butt clench is needed all the way through class. She also explained that during seat work and “back dancing” you never really relax your butt muscles – you just clench harder. Basically, the muscles are firing the whole time – you just clench REALLY hard to execute the move you’re supposed to be doing and then release ever so slightly. Huh. Brilliant!

And that’s pretty much how it works for all muscles for the whole class. Whether you’re working arms, abs, thighs, it’s really just a matter of having a muscle group turned on the whole time and then engaging it harder. Once I understood this, I realized I can control how hard this class is for me. I can increase the burn and step it up just by staying as tight as possible. To use Leslie’s own words, “If you don’t squeeze your ass, no one else will.”

Realizing this and using it has given me my butt back. It’s not ghetto-booty style like it’s (sort of) been in the past, but it’s lovely in a whole other way. In a Bar Method way. Those of you who take the class know exactly what I mean.

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  1. Aimee

     /  February 22, 2013

    Annie, I love your butt, too! There’s a reason I always stand to your left (mirror-facing) in class. When we go on profile, I get to watch you work it! :) You gorgeous thing.

    • Oh, you are making me blush Mrs. Muckmuck! ;-) Now, when I have your waist to brag about, that’s when I’ll know I’ve made it.

  2. I’m not familiar with the Bar but I am familiar with the butt. Glad it’s working for you!

  3. I know it and love it! The Bar Method butt, not yours — although I’ve met it, and it seemed very nice.


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    My mother is an encyclopedia of useless information (sorry, ma, but it's true) - no one can beat her at Trivial Pursuit. As I age, I become more like dear old mom everyday. I routinely tell people about resources, recipes, tips, tricks, or websites I've heard about, tried, live by, etc. until one of my clients urged me to start a blog. So here it is! My perpetual ramblings. I hope you find them useful and amusing. If you don't, you can either keep it to yourself or leave me a well constructed critique.

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