04 Feb What the Heck is Barre?
What the Heck is Barre?
As you’ve all noticed, we have recently added some Barre classes to the schedule. But what is it? How do you say it? What do I wear? Just all the questions.
Barre, pronounced just like “bar”, is a fitness routine that uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The actual barre is used as a prop for balance while doing exercises that focus on holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles, or isometric strength training. These exercises are combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
What to Expect at Class
Barre classes provide a dynamic and invigorating workout. Typically, you’ll start with a warm-up and a sequence of upper body exercises which could include free weights, push-ups, planks and other moves that target the back muscles, biceps, triceps, and chest.
After your warm-up, you’ll head to the barre using your own weight as resistance to focus on the thigh and the seat muscles. During your entire workout, your core will be engaged and then more targeted towards the end.
For a cool-down, you’ll go through a series of stretches to recover your muscles and to increase flexibility. Our classes typically last 45 minutes.
What to Wear
When trying to decide what to wear to class, think yoga wear. Bonus: you can come barefoot! Since our class is in a room with hardwood flooring, if you want to wear socks, make sure you wear grippy socks. Or, ladies, you could get real fancy and opt for these studio wrap training shoes from Nike.
Benefits of Barre
Barre has been described as, “a one stop shop that includes all the essentials of a well rounded exercise program”. Another great thing, class attendees tend to see results quickly with Barre and with only 45-60 minutes dedicated to a workout, it’s obvious why it’s becoming such an up and coming workout trend.
The major benefits of Barre are improved posture, weight loss, muscle flexibility, and reduced stress. Barre classes are also a great workout option for pregnant women because they are not high impact and may even help to alleviate imbalance; a common issue during pregnancy.
Perhaps one of the best things about Barre is that it combines strength training and cardio so you’re burning fat and building muscle at the same time! Score.
We welcome people of all fitness levels to come and experience a different kind of bar! No dance experience needed to get a great workout in this Ballet Barre inspired fitness class. Deep muscle isolation targets each muscle for a total body workout. Check out this month’s class schedule and come pump up those plies!