An Hour at the Barre
Nearly two years ago I took my first barre class. I immediately fell in love with the class as it brought me back to my ballet roots. Combined with yoga and pilates moves, it was incredibly challenging and had me determined to master it. Now, I wouldn’t say I’ve mastered it, but I can hold my planks longer, my push-ups are lower, and overall my endurance is stronger.
While there are many different types of barre, the studio I attend teaches bootybarre. No two classes are the same; there are endless moves and the addition of weights, mats, sponge balls, and exercise bands always keep it interesting. Since implementing bootybarre into my workout, I’ve noticed how much more toned my muscle have become – what’s not to love about that?!
So, what is barre? It combines dance, yoga, and pilates with muscle toning exercises and a brief bit of cardio. You can expect that in your first barre class, you will spend a portion of the time working in the center of the room, on the barre, and on the mat. Specific areas will be targeted during each segment, such as arms, glutes, quads, and abs. Don’t be fooled – just because it’s low-impact doesn’t mean it’s not effective! An hour at the barre can be the start of a whole new you and a more toned body! Just make sure you clarify for your friend and family who aren’t familiar with the class which “bar” you’ll be going to!