“Barre has become a non-negotiable part of my weekly routine. You will fall in love with it.”-Gretchen, Balance Studio client, barre lover
Let’s talk for a minute about barre – a deceptively delicate-looking workout rooted in ballet. Don’t be fooled by its innocent appearance – barre will Kick. Your. Booty. (In the process of toning and sculpting it, of course!)
Built on the foundation of ballet dancers’ training regimens, which have historically emphasized strength, flexibility and endurance, barre has exploded into an exercise universe beloved by countless women who have never so much as tried on ballet slippers.
The pace is quick, the music lively and the vibe focused and sweaty.
Ballet dancers strengthen muscles most people never even know they have, and as such, barre exercises vary widely and are true total-body workouts. Barre routines draw from the principles of Pilates and yoga as well and usually incorporate hand weights, bands and exercise balls. The pace is quick, the music lively and the vibe focused and sweaty.
Our devoted barre clients say they love its unique combo of muscle-toning and sculpting (the famous ‘lengthening and strengthening’ effect), stress relief and the sheer variety of the classes. Not to mention the pleasure of claiming an hour of focus-on-you time!
“My flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina has improved so much since I started training a year and a half ago,” says Gretchen Rangel, Balance client and barre devotee. “I don’t have to worry about getting in shape for bikini season because I have been doing barre regularly all year! I feel confident in how I look, and very proud of myself for sticking with it!”
Students claim that the strength that they’ve developed in barre has made a huge difference on their yoga and Pilates practices.
Other clients say they love that barre is the opposite of the repetitive moves you get from nautilus equipment at the gym – barre works all different muscles, all different ways, all the time. It may be tough, and you’ll probably feel it the next day, but it’s never boring. Students claim that the strength that they’ve developed in barre has made a huge difference on their yoga and Pilates practices.
While results tend to speak for themselves, it’s true that barre consists of movements that are new to most of us. Micro-movements, anyone? Did the instructor really say “just an inch”? How is that going to even work? Just trust her.
You don’t get the hang of barre overnight. Committing to classes at least twice a week gives you continuity to internalize and build on what you learn in class. Once you master the basics, you’ll move on to new challenges through the constant tweaking instructors offer to help get you going deeper and pushing yourself harder.
“I am still learning proper form for some exercises, but the instructors always help to adjust you to make sure you are in proper alignment to protect your back and knees,” Gretchen says.
All that and you look forward to bathing suit season? Seriously, what a deal!
April is BARRE month at Balance Studio, and to celebrate we’ve sprinkled the calendar with guest appearances in our yoga and Pilates classes from our Barre teachers to come in and give you a sampling. Check the schedule for noted classes and belly up to our Barre this month!