I can be very particular when it comes to my workout routine. I prefer doing my own thing at the gym over sweating it out in a class. Pop Physique, however, is the exception to this rule. A barre workout that originated in Los Angeles, Pop Physique has been growing in popularity across the country rapidly. At a friend’s urging, I tried a class when they opened a studio in San Francisco almost five years ago. I won’t let the years of taking the class and loving it make me forget that I wasn’t hooked right away. I was so sore after the first class that I couldn’t walk, sit, lie down or even laugh without some muscle I didn’t know existed pulsing with pain. But soon I learned the rhythm of the class, felt myself growing stronger and after a few classes, I was hooked. Going to classes regularly is an expensive habit and I started constantly trying to find deals on Groupon or through their website to get classes at discounted rates. Then an opportunity presented itself to work the front desk of the studio in San Francisco in exchange for classes and I jumped on it. I highly suggest exploring this option if you too have a favorite class that has been burning a hole in your bank account. It is low commitment, usually not much work and can be done before or after your day job. I worked 3-4 hours a week and saved about $250 a month. For me it was not only the best way to keep attending Pop classes, but, I also enjoyed getting to know the teachers. Knowing the teachers helped me speak up and ask for help when I didn’t feel like I was doing a move correctly.
I was forced to take a year off of Pop when we moved to NYC. They didn’t open a studio there until this past weekend, but now that we are living in the home city of Pop Physique, I have picked it up again. I’ve also started working the front desk at a couple of the local studios and while it has helped me save money on classes, it has also given me a place to meet new people in this vast new city we live in.