Barre Workout: Is Barre for You?
Ever thought about taking a barre class? Or even wondered, what is barre? If so, read on.
I fell in love with barre a few years ago, but not while participating in group barre classes. I truly fell in love with barre during Balanced Body Barre ® instructor training. Group barre classes were fun, but as I looked around the room I noticed a lot of people whose form wasn't quite right. I decided to train as a barre instructor to help people feel better, feel stronger, and exercise safely.
What is Barre?
Barre is a full-body workout using a combination of movements inspired by ballet and other disciplines like Pilates and yoga. Barre workouts incorporate the use of a ballet barre for balance and to perform certain exercises, but if you're working out at home you can use a chair instead of a ballet barre. Other props may include light weights and resistance bands for strength conditioning or mini exercise ball for core strengthening. Energizing music may be played doing your barre workouts as well.
A Typical Barre Workout Includes:
7 Classic Barre Moves:
5 Benefits of Training Barre:
What I like most about Barre is that it's a great way for you to get a full body workout and especially strengthen your gluteus (butt) muscles. I also love the ballet component.
How Do You Know If Barre Is Right For You?
If you enjoy ballet, yoga, Pilates, dance - if you like calisthenics like pushups, planks and light weights - barre is for you!
My Approach is Multifaceted:
Finding a trained barre instructor who gives you the appropriate cues while accounting for your fitness level is key. Through many years working with osteopathic doctors and physical therapist in a musculoskeletal clinic - teaching therapeutic yoga and Pilates; I've helped many people find relief from their pain, especially when exercising. I did my barre training through Balanced Body Barre ®. BBB takes the best of the original Lotte Berk method and updates it with Balanced Body Pilates Movement Principles, to create high energy, safe and fun workout that caters to all fitness levels and ages.
Balanced Body Barre ® Incorporates:
If you're looking to try Barre; if you want to make a fun, quick and effective barre workout part of your daily routine; if proper form is a priority when you exercise, then check out my free 5-Minute Barre Workout video.
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