I've wanted to get back to some type of structured exercise for some time. And I had heard a great deal about The Barre Code, located in the Del Ray area of Alexandria. One Sunday afternoon, I stopped in and met the owner, Amy, and was impressed by her and the facilities. So last Sunday night, I decided to take the plunge and buy a 10 lesson package, figuring I could determine in that amount of time if it was for me or not.
Determined to jump right in, I registered for my first class on Monday evening. Womp Womp. I was wait listed! On Monday, thinking that it was a possibility that I might make it off the wait list, I grabbed the first few items I saw in my "exercise clothing" drawer and headed out the door.
A quick check of my email just after 5 pm revealed that I had made it off the wait list and into that evening class. And it started at 6:30. Time to jump in the car and take off like a mad woman for Alexandria! I made it in time to change into the clothes I brought with me....and then I realized I had a problem. The bottoms were ok - Nike tights that I used for other exercise classes and running. But the tops. Oh, the tops. I had a pink sport bra and what turned out to be a red tank top that was actually a pajama top. Made even worse that it was a Christmas pajama top with two reindeer kissing on it. (And lets not talk about the fact that I had brought no shoes to change into - rather than going out into the parking lot in my high heels, I chose to put on socks).
Note 1: Whenever I am with someone and we see someone who is wearing ill-fitting or unmatching exercise gear and the person I am with makes a derogatory comment, I always say "Well, at least he/she is trying!!" When I looked at myself in the mirror in class that night, I just had to say "Well, at least you are trying!" (And hope that my classmates were saying the same thing).
Note 2: When I told both Tara and Alexandra about this, they were both ashamed of my fashion disaster. I promised them it would not happen again.
Pressed for time, I did not get the chance to check any of the local stores for the appropriate exercise wear. I found myself in a Lululemon. Kind of like a craft store, I felt like an impostor. But I took a deep breath, tried on a couple items, and left with a top and pants that seemed appropriate. And I said to myself "Did I just buy yoga pants?" I checked their online store - my top is definitely a yoga top. I think the pants could qualify as running pants. That's what I'm telling myself anyway. (Not that there is anything wrong with yoga pants. I just never pictured myself wearing any. As I always say "Never Say Never")
I looked much more stylish in my Friday class. By the way, I do love it and really recommend it if you are looking for a great, challenging workout in the Alexandria area. But, as always, it made me think. Why couldn't I easily find workout clothing in a local store? Where could I find it?
I have taken steps to get approved as a reseller of exercise clothing for three different lines. I'll pick one to see if I can satisfy an unmet need for my customers and women in Alexandria. And try to make sure I don't go to class as a fashion disaster anymore!