Barre, described as ballet inspired fitness, combines exercise movements from ballet and Pilates. This workout is gentle on joints, which makes it ideal for beginners who are new to exercising. Yet, it’s also great for experienced gym-goers as it works to build stronger muscles, especially in the core.
The moves used in Barre are small isometric movements; isometrics are a type of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. These movements work to lengthen and strengthen muscles. The classes blend cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance and core conditioning in a total body workout that targets the hips, glutes, abs, and arms. Some of the moves include plies, saute jumps and leg lifts.
Intensity level: It determines on the energy you put into it but overall it ranges between low to medium.
Equipment may include: weights, resistance bands, balls.
The benefits of taking a Barre class:
- Low impact – Barre is not aerobic and doesn’t require any jumping to perform exercises. You can become stronger and lose weight without the possibility of injuring your body.
- Targets every muscle group – Because the moves are focused on isolating and tightening, every part of your body is worked to become stronger.
- Increases flexibility – If reaching your toes without bending your knees seems impossible, after practicing Barre your body will be able to bend in ways you never imagined.
- Core, core, core – Using your core to power through workouts is the focal point of Barre. And, who doesn’t want flat abs?
- Posture – Barre will improve your posture. Having good posture reduces back pain and helps keep your bones and joints in proper alignment.
We have good news! Lucille Roberts will be introducing Barre Above in the fall! Stay tuned for schedule update! In the meantime here, is a great workout to engage those core muscles and hit the beach one last time before the summer ends.