What is “barre”?
While many interpret barre workouts differently, most barre workouts are a fusion of yoga, Pilates, strength training, and ballet. Barre classes incorporate specific sequencing patterns and isometric movements that target specific muscle groups. This pattern of exercise helps to improve strength, balance, flexibility and posture.
Why is Barre so popular?
Barre is hot right now! Barre classes are low-impact and are conducive to all fitness levels. They are also particularly enjoyed by women since they incorporate graceful movements and elements of ballet, allowing participants to experience a dance “element” in the workouts and achieve a dancer’s body.
What are the health and fitness benefits of barre workouts?
Barre workouts are perfect for all fitness levels. You’ll see improvement in your posture, balance, strength, and flexibility.
How many times a week do I need to do barre in order to see actual results, while considering safety?
While it is most important to listen to your body and give your muscles enough rest, typically 3 times a week will generate the most fitness results. You should always consult your physician to determine what is a “safe” amount of exercise.
Will Barre Above® create actual results? Will my body change?
Yes! If you push yourself to the appropriate levels in your workouts with your instructor, you will feel and/or see results after about 7-10 classes. Everyone responds to exercise differently. However, if you focus on form and continually challenge yourself as you take each class, you will feel and see results quicker.
What muscle groups does Barre Above® focus on?
Barre Above® is a full body workout, but like most barre workouts there is a medium emphasis on the lower body and core.
Do I need dance or ballet experience for Barre Above® classes?
You do not need any type of dance or ballet experience in order to participate in a Barre Above class. In fact, most barre instructors do not have any dance background either. The purpose of a Barre Above class is to help you achieve a long, lean dancer’s body.
How long is the typical Barre Above® class?
A Barre Above class usually is 55 minutes. There is no stop-and-go like in many other fitness classes, and you instructor will keep you constantly moving throughout the class. Listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
Is there equipment involved?
While some of your Barre Above classes will not include any equipment, you’ll find that most always require a mat. Some classes incorporate small fitness accessories that can either help make the exercise more challenging for you, or help to add more range of motion in the exercise. These include a small pliable ball, the Bender Ball, Gliding discs, hand-held weights, and resistance tubing.
What kind of shape do I need to be in order to take a Barre Above® class?
Barre Above classes are for everyone from the beginner to the seasoned athlete. If you are taking a Barre Above class for the very first and/or are just beginning a fitness regimen, let the instructor know before class about any concerns you may have.
Will I feel sore after a Barre Above® workout?
Depending on how often you exercise, in addition to the type of exercise you normally do, you may feel slightly sore after your first few Barre Above classes. However, after about 5 or so classes, you will feel your soreness lessen as you see improvements in your strength, posture, balance, and flexibility.
Are Barre Above® classes taught all on an actual barre?
Some Barre Above classes are taught using a barre, and some are taught center-floor – completely off the barre. If you want to know this beforehand, it is always best to ask ahead of time before coming to class.
Will I be too tall or too short to do the exercises on the barre?
Almost all installed barres and portables barres are meant to adhere to a wide range of height. Some rooms may be set up with two different barre heights, and some portable barres are adjustable and can be heightened or lowered. It is best to make your instructor or the front desk person aware of your height if the class is being taught on the barre. This way he or she can make sure to have you stand on the side with participants around the same height and therefore have the barre placement that is best for you.
What should I wear to class?
Make sure to wear comfortable clothing to class. Full length or capri leggings are recommended since these allow you full range of motion and will not inhibit any movement. Wear a comfortable sports bra and shirt or tank or tank on top that lets you breath. Socks are best on your feet, but if you feel uncomfortable you can always keep your shoes on or go barefoot. If you forgot socks, you can always pick up a pair in the front of the studio or facility.