When the calendar flipped to 2015, I had no idea I would become a barre instructor a month or so later. More so, I had no idea I would fall absolutely in love with teaching barre. Funny, how life works out.
As I have settled into my routine as a fitness instructor, I have noticed a few recurring themes, if you will. Here are 10 signs you are a fitness instructor.
- Your car is full of empty water bottles, reusable or otherwise. In the backseat floorboard right now, I have three empty plastic water bottles, and two reusable ones. That’s since clearing the car of water bottles on Monday.
- Hair ties. So. Many. Hair. Ties. And they are all over the place. My bathroom sink (and floor…), my bags, my nightstand, the kitchen counter, my desk… Hair ties, everywhere.
- Approximately 95% of laundry is workout gear. I would do laundry once a month if I didn’t have so many sweaty clothes.
- You rarely listen to a song without thinking about the beats per minute and deciding if it can be used on your playlists. I have a Spotify playlist full of “barre” songs to pick from when I’m building new playlists.
- Power balls and bananas are a daily dietary staple. There are days in which I’m pretty sure I exist solely on Mudhouse power balls. And Americanos.
- Layers and hats are wardrobe staples. I’m always pulling on a cardigan or light jacket over my tank top and leggings to run errands. And hats? Hats hide the barre hair.
- You live out of bags. With my busy schedule (you know, that pesky “real” job…), I do a lot of quick changing from street clothes to workout clothes and back again.
- Real pants are a buzz kill. My first job out of college had a business casual dress code. When I changed jobs and could wear jeans every day, I thought I hit the lottery. Now that I teach barre, changing out of my leggings is a real hassle. Leggings are my work pants…
- Something always aches. Last week, my arms let me know they felt the arm work and push ups. This week, my thighs are speaking up. It becomes such a common thing that you no longer notice it. In fact, it almost feels good. It means you worked hard.
- You find yourself doing odd stretches or standing in releve during normal, every day activities. My co-workers no longer bat an eye when I’m stretching at my desk. I don’t think I’ve cooked a meal not standing on my toes or in tree pose in months.
Not on the list, but also a fitness instructor staple? Dry shampoo. I should buy stock in dry shampoo. Sweaty hair, don’t care.