Have you had a chance to meet at the barre yet? No, not that one. The one in our studio.
Barre-based fitness classes have taken off in recent years and for a good reason. While it may look like the small isometric movements don’t do much for the body, it is in fact, the opposite.
With the help of a simple ballet barre, clients can increase their flexibility, stamina, build strength and lose weight.
Let’s break it down. What exactly is a barre workout?
First things, first. You don’t need to be a dancer or have any dancing experience. A barre class follows a routine of warm-up, strength training using your body weight and core-focused moves. The best part is that it is set to music. The time flies by and before you know it you’ve had a great workout that you will be able to feel the day after.
It works your core. Small isometric movements ensure you target tiny muscles you didn’t even know you had. Repeating them over and over again help build up endurance and strength. Plus, you will end up working multiple muscles groups at the same time. Multi-tasking is always a great thing, right?
It’s low-impact. This is a great workout for people who need to be gentle with their joints. Unlike running, a good barre class will leave you sweating but without the pain of your body repeatedly hitting the ground.
It increases flexibility and improves posture. This is a great benefit for those of us who have to sit a desk most of the day. The stretching required in a barre workout opens up the body and ultimately improves your posture. As a bonus, it helps your muscles work correctly. A total win-win.
It improves your mind and body concentration. Thanks to the smaller movements, clients need to focus more on what they are doing. It brings a new level of awareness to what you are doing and helps shut out the busy world for an hour. Because let’s face it, we all need to turn off our lives every now and again.
It’s fun. Who doesn’t want to workout to fun music with a few friends? Endorphins are sure to kick in, and when you are done, you should be in a fantastic mood. Like we say, you are one class away from a good mood!