No matter what time of year it is, there’s always a reason to pursue health and fitness. With so many options to choose from, you may wonder what barre classes do for your fitness game. Barre fitness is a hybrid workout class – combining ballet-inspired moves with elements of Pilates, dance, yoga and strength training.
That said, most classes aptly incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves such as plies, alongside static stretches. Barre also focuses on high reps of small range movements. These exercises coupled with other popular and proven methods of movement make for a low-impact but high-gear workout. Here are our top 3 reasons Barre classes are an ideal addition to your fitness journey.
Barre systematically targets all the main muscle groups that women typically have difficulty strengthening. This means that the areas women typically wish to mold and manage (their core, upper body, thighs, and buttocks) are all impacted directly by the movements in barre.
Fortunately, when it comes to weight loss, you’ll likely see it disappear first in the area where you most recently gained it. Not bad, considering that extra weight may just be the motivation behind you getting moving again. For example, if your stomach has enlarged, you’ll likely notice this area shrink in the initial weeks of losing weight. If your breasts have taken on more weight when you gain pounds, then this area will likely thin out first when you make a concerted effort to attend barre classes.
However, while these local areas may be most noticeable in the first few weeks, barre fitness classes rely on the movement of your whole body, so you’ll soon see reduction in inches all over. Perhaps that is why last year, the number of participants (aged six years and above) in barre workouts amounted to approximately 3.67 million!
As mentioned before, barre fitness is a total body workout. But, it isn’t heavy lifting, high-impact interval training. Instead, barre fitness focuses on pulses. Slow movements that are low-impact and generally isolated so the muscle groups moving are getting all the benefit.
Barre is from ballet, so the movements are graceful rather than jolting. There isn’t a demand for jumping and bouncing all around. So, your movements will be easy on your joints and gentle on your posture.
Barre fitness is for all body types but you’ll find a large majority of those who regularly participate in barre classes benefit from a stronger, longer, leaner physique. This is because barre classes help you tone your muscles without creating bulk.
Essentially, the small isometric muscle movements used during barre classes build muscle strength without putting a strain on ligaments and tendons like other fitness training methods can. Since your muscles are not tearing and re-building with greater mass, your body tends to stay lean and strengthen the muscle without bulking it up.
Ready to get long, strong and lean, all while enjoying your workout in a fun and safe environment? Consider downtown Tucson’s local Barre Fitness classes by yours truly, Inspired Fitness! We have everything you need from equipment to instruction so you can get barre-hopping in no time.