Last day at Pure Barre Chapel Hill

I can’t believe yesterday was my last day teaching at Pure Barre Chapel Hill!

I have been working at PB Chapel Hill for 5 and a half years. I started working at the front desk when I was a senior in college, and by graduation I went to training to become an instructor. About a year later I was promoted to “lead instructor”, responsible for training instructors and observing classes (etc). It’s been SO much more than a job. These women have been like a family to me! I met my two friends Talia and Caitlin in the Pure Barre studio, and they introduced me to Alex. I may not have ever met him without Pure Barre! 

I woke up yesterday morning at about the same time as usual (6:15 AM) and had some Ezekiel bread toast with cashew butter, extra nuts and a protein shake before taking Indy on a 2 mile run.

 (I'm not sponsored by Evolve! I just have them in the fridge right now and they were on sale this week)

(I'm not sponsored by Evolve! I just have them in the fridge right now and they were on sale this week)

Two miles is the longest distance she can handle with this heat and it’s plenty to tire her out! I grabbed a banana before driving to the gym. My workout included: Seated Cable Close grip rows, Dumbell Incline Rows, Dumbell Front Squats, Straight Leg Barbell Deadlifts, TRX Suspension Low Rows, Barbell Bicep Curls, Barbell Reverse Lunges and Dumbell Incline Bicep Curls (those are HARD). If you are interested in weight amount (resistance) I use for each exercise please comment below or message me!

I stopped by Whole Foods on my way home for some lunch (to go). I filled up a box at their hot bar. It included: spinach, mushrooms, tofu, black beans, garbanzo beans, raw mixed nuts, shelled hemp hearts, nutritional yeast, peas, and cauliflower tabbouleh.

 Nothing pretty, but it gets the job done!

Nothing pretty, but it gets the job done!

I had a kombucha on the side and a Lara bar (pineapple upside down cake) for dessert. After lunch I took Indy on a second mini walk, (3/4 mile) showered and drove over to the Pure Barre studio. 

I got there over an hour early and spent some time in the studio on my own; making a playlist for my last classes. For Pure Barre classes you are supposed to use the pre-made playlists that PB Corporate sends you, but I thought we could make an exception for a night ;) I put all of my favorites together one on playlist while snacking on a Go Macro Bar (Flavor Sweet Rejuvenation)  I looked over my choreography one more time before people started arriving at 4PM.

Oh my gosh. SO MANY PEOPLE came out for my classes! My first two classes for overbooked with a waitlist and my last class (6:45PM) still had about 12 people. Everyone gave me hugs, cards and even a couple of gifts. Some people cried (and I cried a little too)! The studio owners brought champagne, cheese, fruits and crackers for everyone in the lobby, and it was an awesome party. 

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The best class was my last class.. all of the instructors came to take it, as well as Caitlin and Leighanne (two of my closest Pure Barre friends). I started to cry at the end but I kept it together mostly! This is the beginning of so many changes and I can’t help but get sentimental and a little emotional. I’m so SO happy I can always come back and visit!

 Left to right: Lauren, Bria, me, Lanier, Mandy, Kerry (all instructors)

Left to right: Lauren, Bria, me, Lanier, Mandy, Kerry (all instructors)

 Bottom Left to right: Candi, Leighanna, Sara, me, Madeline, Kristina, Sherry (all instructors and staff)

Bottom Left to right: Candi, Leighanna, Sara, me, Madeline, Kristina, Sherry (all instructors and staff)

After class all of my instructor and staff friends (11 of them!) and I walked across the street to Brixx for some well deserved pizza and drinks. I don’t drink that often, but I do enjoy a hard cider occasionally. I had an Angry Orchard Hard Cider and their Roasted Vegetable Pizza (with their dairy free cheese). I didn’t snap a picture this time sorry! I was home by 10pm. I read some of my sweet cards with Alex before taking Indy on one last little walk before bed. It hasn’t sunk in yet that I am finished teaching at Pure Barre Chapel Hill.. and I am so happy I can continue teaching at Pure Barre  Asheville!

A lot of the people who read this blog take classes at Pure Barre Chapel Hill. If you are reading this, and you were in the studio yesterday: please know that last night meant the world to me! I am so grateful for you!