What are Barre Classes
Barre classes are extremely popular and with good reason. Most Barre classes follow a similar format, breaking down the workouts into 4 sections – upper body, thighs, glutes and abs – so that each part of the body can be worked to exhaustion, hence the intensity and great results, but there are variations from teacher to teacher. We use a lot of isometric exercises, although not entirely. Good to do 3 or 4 times a week, but so effective you shouldn’t do them more often.
- The isometric contractions that make up the bulk of a barre class occur when the muscle tenses without changing length and the angle at the joint remains more or less constant, so holding or using tiny movements. Isometric exercise is a great way to maintain muscle strength as you will be working in a very challenging range. You’ll hear me say up an inch, down an inch or just a couple of centimetres. My movements are bigger than they should be so that you can easily see what I’m doing, but keep yours to a couple of cms/1”.
- You’ll target multiple muscle groups at once with Barre. It’s a highly efficient workout since you’re doing two to four movements—holding, pulsing, stretching, for example—at a time in each move. Working all these areas at once also helps raise the heart rate.
- Shaking is a sign of muscle fatigue—your muscles are telling you they are feeling it. If you are doing it correctly with great technique, this is a good thing. You may need to take a brief rest if you start to shake but try to embrace it! It happens mostly in the thigh sets.
- The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that you don’t get in regular strength workouts. All the quick changes and variations lead to improved brain function.
- Possible weight loss, but always try to focus on strong, fit and healthy rather than skinny.
Classes starting soon in Deal, Kent: http://www.bodysoulwell.com/studio/classes-deal/