Everywhere you look you see barre classes… at studios, barre fitness centers, gyms and videos! They’re popular because you get results. If you haven’t tried barre yet, we encourage you to find a class and get started.
Barre classes tone like nothing else. You’ll see a visible difference in your body very quickly. Your clothes, especially your pants, will fit differently almost immediately. How can that be?
Barre is designed to quickly transform and shape your body using isometrics and tiny pulsing actions. Moving tiny like this, your muscles start to burn and even shake! You’ll feel it right away. But this is why it changes your shape so rapidly. Large movements are great when you’re looking for cardio or generalized movement…. but nothing will change your shape faster than almost isometric-like movements.
After you’ve worked a muscle, say, your thighs, you’ll do a quick but very deep stretch… then quickly move on to the next exercise.
Your barre class should target all the “trouble spots”….. abdominals, hips, thighs and upper arms. You’ll see more tone in your arms, a flattening of your belly, narrowing of your thighs and your seat will mysteriously “lift” and reshape. Improved posture and a stronger back are 2 huge benefits of doing barre classes. However, if you have back trouble, let your instructor know. You’ll be given modifications until your back becomes stronger.
Be aware that with the popularity of barre classes, you’ll see quite a variety of styles. If you’re looking for rapid bodyshaping, avoid classes that
- Move slowly and have long breaks between the exercises
- Substitute yoga or Pilates exercises for the intense barre work. Though we all love Pilates and yoga, it’s the barre exercises that rapidly change shapes
- Have mostly all big, or full range of motion movements. Though large movements are great for overall health, they are not the most effective for changing shapes.
- Are taught by instructors that don’t offer help with technique. In barre, technique is critical to be sure you get results (and don’t get hurt).
Barre classes appeal to a variety of people. It’s ideal for pregnancy and post partum. If you have a knee or hip replacement or a newcomer to health and fitness, barre fitness classes could be very appealing to you. It’s no impact and doesn’t have tricky choreography or jumping around. You won’t be lifting heavy weights or feeling like you have no idea what you’re doing.
Beginners who are interested in Barre can feel confident knowing that it’s easy to pick up when trained instructors are guiding the class. Results will come quickly from doing Barre about three times a week. It’s also a great workout for those involved heavily in sports. It’s so important that physically strong people receive deep stretching of the muscles while maintaining strength at the same time.
A Strong Powerful Body Equals a Strong Powerful Mind
Becoming physically strong is the first step but maintaining healthy energy levels from the Barre workout will also help you feel and look your best.