How to describe Barre:
This Barre-based class uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.
Why is Barre trendy?:
Wondering why these boutique studios and specialty classes are popping up all over the place? Many of us discovered that we craved smaller and more connected classes. We need a place where we can balance our bodies and get prepared for our busy and stressful days. We see results quickly with barre, it's a one-stop shop that includes all the essentials of a well-rounded exercise program, plus it's perfect for those who are short on time. That's a workout we always need!
Benefits of Barre:
Still not sold? If you're sitting slumped in your chair reading this, then you may want to think again. The major benefits of barre are improved posture, muscle definition, weight loss, increased flexibility and reduced stress. Plus, an individual at just about any fitness level can sign up for a class. Barre classes are perfectly fine for pregnant women because they're not high impact. They may even help with imbalance (a common issue during pregnancy due to that growing belly) and stability.
What to expect from Barre Class:
You've taken the plunge and signed up for a class. Now what? A typical class will take you through a dynamic and invigorating workout. You'll start with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises, which include free weights, push-ups, planks and other moves to target the biceps, triceps, chest, and back muscles. Next, you'll use the ballet barre and your own body weight for resistance to focus on the thigh and seat muscles. Your core will be engaged the entire class and then targeted at the end. For the cool down, you'll go through a series of stretches to increase flexibility and allow your muscles to recover.
How Barre stacks up against Cardio:
One of the best parts of Barre is that it combines strength training and cardio so you're burning fat and building muscle at the same time. Our technique focuses on strengthening the muscles, and muscle tissue burns 15 times as many calories as fat. The stronger you get, the more calories you'll burn 'round the clock.