Barre classes have gained immense popularity in the fitness industry in recent years for good reason: They work!
If you’re not familiar with barre, these classes are inspired by the poses and movement patterns found in classical ballet, yoga, and pilates – all of which are known to improve posture, strengthen your core, and develop long, lean muscle muscles. Barre is known for similar results but differs greatly from these practices. Yoga, pilates and ballet emphasize fluidity and full range of motion exercises. Barre, in contrast, gets results through high volume, short range of motion, isometric strength training exercises.
Can you take barre classes if you’re not a dancer or a yogi? Of course! Barre is the same as any new exercise – with a good teacher and a little bit of practice you’ll get the hang of it (even if you have 2 left feet). Like all group fitness classes at Total Woman barre is a very accessible workout. A lot of this has to do with the fact that each class uses a ballet barre to assist you with balance and coordination as you move through the poses. This allows you to focus on your technique, and maximize the strength-building benefits of each exercise.
Speaking of benefits, when it comes to barre classes, there are a ton.
In addition to improving your balance and coordination, barre classes:
Improve Posture – Barre workouts place a lot of emphasis on a spinal integrity and proper body alignment, so you’ll be walking taller and prouder with every class.
Build Core Strength – Barre is a full body workout with extra emphasis on your hips, thighs, and core. But there’s more to it - in these classes you learn how to engage the small, stabilizing muscles of your pelvis and core, also known is your power source. This is where all movement originates from.
Increases Flexibility – Most barre workouts consist of regular interludes of stretching between exercises, which helps keep your muscles supple and injury-free.
Reduces Risk of Injury – Over time, high-impact workouts like running and plyometrics take a toll on your joints. Barre is a joint-friendly, low impact exercise that delivers a killer workout, making it perfect for all ages and levels.
If you’re looking for a fun, low impact way to take your health and wellness to the next level, look no further than one of our ever popular barre classes. In addition their physical benefits, barre classes are a lot of fun and offer a great alternative to other forms of muscle endurance exercises like running and the elliptical.
Our barre classes are approximately 50 minutes in length. All are taught to upbeat music by enthusiastic and experienced teachers who will keep you motivated and energized from start to finish. To make the most of your barre class, we recommend wearing comfortable workout attire and dance shoes, but bare feet are a fine alternative.
Ready to stand taller, gain more balance, and improve your strength and flexibility? Come into Total Woman today to activate your free, 3 day pass and sign up for barre.