I started dancing over twenty years ago. I loved it. It led me to playing drums in a full time band which meant I had to put a halt to taking dance classes and performing in companies. A few years after that I sustained a back injury that was so painful I had a difficult time playing drums and I was no longer able to tour with my band. Any kind of excercise seemed like a challenge I couldn't face. I became very depressed because I tried everything from physical therapy to chiropractic treatments to acupuncture, pain killers, you name it, and nothing worked. I grew up being a very active person and now I could no longer play intensive drums let alone get back into dance. This lasted a handful of years. I knew it would be important to strengthen my core but I didn't know how without the pain I would sometimes endure from doing the simplest of things like vacuuming.
I kept seeing ads on Groupon for something called Cardio Barre that claimed to be a ballet inspired cardio workout with no impact. I was intrigued. It seemed right up my alley. I figured it was time to make a move and try to heal physically, which would help mentally and emotionally. My first class kicked my butt and I thought I was going to throw up and pass out all at the same time. But I still really enjoyed it. In fact, I became strangely addicted. No longer was I sleeping in on my days off because making the 8:30 am class was a priority. I was finally excited about doing something for myself again. All the teachers are great but I feel especially motivated and inspired by Richard to strive to be best I can be and then even better. By the way, I recommend his book if you haven't read it yet. I even started taking one or two classes a week at the new DTLA location because it is in the same building as my work and I can pop in for a workout when my day there is over. I'm playing music in a band again but am challenged with a new instrument (bass guitar) that is a little less strenuous than drums and am considering trying dancing again. I'm telling you, the motivation and inspiration you gain is amazing.
About a week ago, the love of my life, my beloved dog of fifteen years passed away. I have never felt sadness like this. It has been very rough but I have still managed to make it to my Cardio Barre classes because if I can just have that one hour a day to feel good and take my mind off this sudden void in my life then maybe it will help heal this heartache. I think it's working.
Is my back feeling better? Definitely. I wouldn't say it's completely healed yet but I don't feel the chronic pain that I've felt for the last seven years. I just know it's because of my new workout regimen and lifestyle. I'm confident I will get there and I have Richard Giorla and the rest of the Cardio Barre team to thank for that!