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What are Barre Classes

Barre Deal Kent 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.

Barre Benefits

  1. 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”.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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/

By | 10 February, 2018 |