- Barre is a low-impact workout that's easy on the joints since it involves no jumping or bouncing.
- These ballet-inspired workouts will greatly improve your flexibility in one of the safest ways possible. Barre classes help improve your range-of-motion by focusing on stretching and exercising.
- Some people are flexible yet not strong, or strong but not flexible. Having both helps prevent injuries, and Barre classes will help you achieve that.
Increases bone health
- As your muscles’ strength improve, so does your bones. This is helpful especially when you’re fighting off osteoporosis or arthritis, which get worse as you age.
- Increase your endurance with high-repetition exercises or by holding your body in challenging poses. Barre works the muscles in a small range at a fast pace and the constant strength training improves both your heart rate and endurance.
- Barre workouts use weights, resistance bands, exercise balls, barre, and your body weight to strengthen and tone your body. It is a full-body workout targeting both upper and lower body, and your core.
- Barre moves increase your heart rate and lunge use.Note that Barre workouts are not fast enough to get your heart rate going for extended periods of time as a full aerobic workout.
- Functional strength involves exercises that help you build strength for your day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing, and lifting objects. Compound movements create Functional Strength because they involve maximum muscle fibers. What’s more, the more muscle you have, the more your heart rate goes up!
- In a Barre workout, your core is engaged the entire time. When working out your legs and arms, your core is always engaged and strengthened. You’ll also combine Pilates and Ballet moves together to directly strengthen your core.
- A strong core can increase your performance in all other activities, whether you’re playing tennis or just lifting your laundry bag.
- Core muscles are engaged throughout the entire class, and they can be used for the primary focus of an exercise or for stability as you perform a move that targets your thighs or butt. The most common issue that clients have is a back pain that usually stems from weak core muscles and hours spent sitting at the computer.
- While strengthening your core, you’ll begin to sit and stand taller, thus improving your posture.
- With weights and elastic bands, Barre classes include exercises like military presses, arm raises, and biceps and triceps lifts to work the arm muscles.
- Barre focuses on the lower body and is designed to help you drop pounds. There are ballet-inspired moves like pliés, dégagé, leg lifts/extensions that focus on the leg muscles.
- The ballet-inspired moves target the butt muscles. Moves like glute raises help tone your backside.
- Though there are many areas targeted in Barre, most classes do not target the back muscles, except for those that are part of your core.
No experience required
- We all start somewhere. No matter your previous experience, Barre classes are great for enthusiasts of all levels. People have different strengths and weaknesses, and barre can accommodate them all.
- No dance background is required.
Modifications for every age and level
- In barre classes, everyone works in their range of motion to suit their specific needs. Exercises are modified to push you towards your goals.
Exercise from head to toe
- Feel the burn from head to toe, literally, as you work your entire body to the limit. You’ll get stronger as you stretch and strengthen your body.
It’s a fun party in disguise
- With great tunes and your private DJ instructor getting ready to boogie, time will fly as you’re having fun pushing your body to the limit. Never expect the same class twice!
- EXPECT TO BE SORE! and expect to see quick results. Your body will be sore just after your first few classes, which will result in the body you’ve been dreaming of.
- Perform barre workouts 2-3 times per week and expect to see a difference in the first 3 weeks. Notice your improved posture, flatter abs, stronger legs, toned arms, an open sculpted back, thinner thighs, chiseled arms, a sculpted back, and a lifted seat.
Drop pounds and lose inches
- Most of the Barre exercises involve the largest muscles of the body. The larger a muscle is, the more you burn calories!
- As you progress, you’ll continue to build more lean muscle mass which will increase your resting metabolic rate. An increased metabolic rate requires more calorie consumption in order to help you produce more energy.
- As you’re losing weight, you are also building muscle which will help you lose even more weight!
Work muscles to failure
- Barre's high repetitions in small ranges combined with squeezes and pulses are the perfect recipe to tire muscles until failure.
- Isometric contractions (pulses) occur when a muscle doesn’t change under tension.
- Concentric and eccentric contractions occur when a muscle stretches then shortens.
- Get ready to shake, shake, shake! Shaking is a sign of muscle fatigue. Your body is telling you it is feeling the work. Don’t back off, but embrace the shaking.
- Stay hydrated! Shaking can also cause dehydration, so make sure you have a jug or water with you.
Improve muscles while protecting your body
- This low-impact workout challenges the body bit by bit, making it easy on your joints, tendons, ligaments, and spine.
Have more fun in activities and sports with a greater range of motion
- You’ll target multiple leg muscle groups at once.
- Improve balance, greater quad, and hamstring usage as you enhance knee alignment and hip openness.
Enhance the mind-body connection
- The neuro-muscular connection to our body is very important. It tells us to do more or to stop now. Smaller movements in a Barre class allow the time to build this new level of attention and awareness, which is hard to accomplish in other strength exercises.