Bar Method DC Client, Lindsey Hasbrouck
Like a loyal best friend, Bar Method has accompanied me through my life’s major milestones over the past few years! My Bar Method story is one of muscular and mental strength. I began Bar Method in Chicago a few months before my summer 2011 wedding. My journey was less weight loss and more gaining muscle tone, definition and mental strength. By July 8, 2011 my greatest wedding day accessories were more sculpted biceps, shoulders and defined back for my strapless, backless gown!
Upon a move to DC in 2012, Bar Method was still there for me! At 750 9th St NW, my first google map search was from the studio to our new apartment. The 2012 milestones continued as I found out I was pregnant that fall. In thanks to Bar Method, I went into my pregnancy in the best shape of my life. I was determined to continue the mental and muscular strength I had worked so hard for pre-pregnancy and kept up with Bar Method until the day before I delivered. In fact, I attended nearly 200 classes in the 9 months I was pregnant.
After delivering my beautiful baby boy in April, waiting my 5 weeks no exercise post C-section, I started back up at the Bar! I felt my body “come back” faster than I ever expected. And by mid summer, I was back in old clothes and feeling as strong as ever.
The most recent step on my Bar Method journey was much less joyful. In fall of 2013 (with a 5 month old in tow) doctors found a brain tumor on the lining of my brain. A December brain surgery removing the tumor came with the positive news that it was not cancerous, but an unforeseen set back causing me to have lost mobility in my lower right leg, foot and ankle. My mobility would eventually return, but with weeks of physical therapy and a lot of patience. Medical staff throughout credited my pre-surgery physical strength and Bar Method motor skills for my shockingly speedy recovery. In fact, my physical therapist left me with the orders to keep doing Bar Method to get me back to 100%!
At 6 weeks post surgery (and not a day to spare), Bar Method was there for me again! Despite the time it took to regain my strength, more than ever I appreciated Bar Method. I value that Bar Method offers me the ability to develop and maintain my physical strength and mental fortitude as the one element that I CAN control through all my life’s major moments.