Barres are just for ballet classes, right? Wrong. The barre workout has benefits for everyone - regardless of how many left feet you have.
Barre classes use ballet-inspired dance moves, adapted for those who haven’t been doing dance training since they were five. That means gentle plies (you know, those elegant leg bends that ballerinas do). It means stretches. It means Pilates-style isometrics, guaranteed to make those muscles burn. There may also be work with hand or ankle weights. The barre is used to help balance in the poses and positions
The class usually begins with a warm up on the floor mat. Then it is off to the barre to work legs and glutes. The final section will cool you down with yoga-type moves.
It’s not a cardio workout, but your muscles will know all about it the next day.
Tutus not required! Simple vest or t-shirt, plus leggings. Barre classes are usually done barefoot or with a pair of grippy socks. Try not to go too baggy with the clothes – the instructor needs to see your form and moves to help you get it right.
Barre workouts target legs and core in particular. You should see strengthening of abs and toning of legs. The big plus is that the workout is balanced. For instance, there will be separate thigh exercises to work inner, outer and front of legs. That helps to support joints and reduces the chance of injury in everyday life.
The workout will improve flexibility – but gently, no violent stretches. Another benefit is better posture (did you sit up when you read that?) With so many of us spending days hitting keyboards or phones, we need all the posture improvements we can get.
The barre workout is low impact, so is fine for people with joint problems or pregnant women.
Go on – make your next Hussle a call to the barre!
ok, I would love to do this but not many gyms offer it - so come on gyms, give us all a chance at ballet!
Ballet is tough. Professional ballet dancers have the fittest and most muscular bodies I've seen. I do wonder how 'barre classes' compare.
ha ha - I did indeed sit up when I read the word 'posture' ! I might give this a try, I thought you needed to be superflexible but maybe not.