A fitness post in January? Groundbreaking. But for me, this has a little bit of a different significance for me: this time last year, the doctors took off my cast from my carpal/cubital surgery, and I started the long road to recovery.
The day my cast was removed, I was unable to form the motion with my hand to pick up a piece of paper. I had 6 weeks of physical therapy just to regain a full range of motion, and boy: it was a doozy. Unfortunately working out wasn’t an option for me for most of the year, and well, it was downright difficult for me to do even after I was discharged from PT.
Barre has been the one class I can take that has enough modifications for my arm. Unfortunately I still can’t do push ups or flex my hand enough to support any weight on it, but the best thing about barre is that your instructor can modify exercises so you can keep up! I can do push-ups and planks on the barre, which provides a huge amount of relief for my wrist, and helps me work out my arm muscles!
Lately I’ve been going to Xtend Barre in Arlington, and they’ve treated me like family since day one. Yes, it is within walking distance of my apartment so I might be biased, but it’s honestly one of my favorite barre studios I’ve been to in the area! If you want to check it out, you can get 2 weeks of unlimited classes for only $49!