Every month at The Bar Method Atlanta, we spotlight a client who has made a extraordinary transformation through barre; either mentally, physically or both. We originally featured client, Cara Kinzey, as our “Bar Star” in October, 2016, but want to share her with our BarreLifeAtl.com friends, in hopes that you’ll be as inspired by her story and outlook as we are.
Four Questions with The Bar Method Atlanta- Bar Star: Cara Kinzey
TBM: How long have you been taking classes at The Bar Method Atlanta?
Cara: I started The Bar Method about six months ago in April, 2016.
TBM: What was your biggest motivator for starting The Bar Method?
Cara: When I started The Bar Method, I was the worst case scenario for you guys. I was recovering from a massive stroke I’d had a few years back. Lifting my butt/legs/arms in the air and moving them in some type of coordinated fashion has been awesome physical therapy. My balance and posture are 100% improved and I feel worlds better. Thank you for that!
TBM: What is your favorite love-to-hate exercise?
Cara: My favorite “love to hate” exercise is arabesque with the ball behind the leg (or what I refer to as “ball gate”). I know if I keep it up, I’ll learn more proper technique and will eventually conquer arabesque one day!
TBM: What are your successes inside and outside of the studio as related to The Bar Method?
Cara: When I started at The Bar Method, my primary goal was to overcome balance issues that remained from a previous medical issue. I had been regularly working out on an elliptical, but realized I needed to do something more to help strengthen my core and to build muscle tone throughout my body. I tried a Bar class on a whim just to see what it would be like. I decided to try the classes for 30 days and was hooked!
It was quickly obvious my posture and flexibility were not great, but the instructor was very encouraging and gave me simple corrections, which I now know were baby steps. Each class seems difficult in a different way and you can start to feel/see changes as a result of your efforts after only a few weeks. My flexibility, balance and posture have all improved about a 1000% and I am still improving! My body has changed a lot already, but will always be a work in progress.
Kudos to all the instructors. They are patient, encouraging and like to have fun in class. Any time at the barre is a good time. I totally enjoy it.
We’re proud of you, Cara! And we look forward to watching you achieve every goal you set out on- both in class and beyond.