What is Body Barre?
Body Barre combines Pilates, Yoga and Ballet moves to give you beautiful, sculpted, lean muscles without the impact and injuries dancers endure. It’s about the physical as well as the aesthetic benefits of lengthening muscles, while strengthening them.
One of the best parts of Body Barre is that it combines strength training and cardio, so you’re burning fat and building muscle at the same time. The technique focuses on strengthening the muscles, and muscle tissue burns 15 times as many calories as fat. The stronger you get, the more calories you’ll burn.
What Body Barre Gives You?
The major benefits of Body Barre are
- Improved Posture
- Muscle Definition
- Weight Loss
- Increased Flexibility
- Reduced Stress
- Increase Endurance
- Boost Core Strength
- Visibly transform your body; sculpt and strengthen your muscles without bulking up
- Target trouble spots with a fun approach to toning your arms, stomach, hips, thighs and butt
- Beat boredom; each class challenges you with a different set of basic dance moves and sculpting exercises
- Plus, women at just about any fitness level can sign up for a class
5 Tips for Body Barre Beginners
- Think quality over quantity. – It’s not about how many reps you can do in a minute or how many pounds you can lift. Rather, most barre classes focus on precision and proper form; you’ll do smaller, slower movements, but you’ll definitely feel them because you’re isolating specific muscle groups you’re not used to using.
- If you’re doing it right, you’re going to shake — and feel that burn. “You’re not going to look super graceful doing these moves, and it’s not going to feel easy — even if you think you’re in good cardiovascular shape.”
- Dress the part. “We encourage people to wear grippy socks, with little rubber nubs on the bottom; we sell our own and almost every other barre studio sells their own, as well. This keeps you from slipping when you’re on the barre, and it’s more sanitary than going barefoot.”
- It’s ballet-inspired; not ballet. You don’t need dance experience or prior knowledge to take a barre class. You’ll work your glutes and your legs in standing positions, and you’ll also get on the floor, underneath the barre, to work your upper body and isolate your core. Some classes also use additional props, like mats, balls, and light hand weights, which will all be provided for you.
- It’s great cross-training. “Body Barre classes are all about strength, balance and flexibility, and if you’re weak in any of those areas it will be challenging. If you go to the gym on your own, you’re probably just going to do the things you’re good at. In class, we focus on the areas that you’re probably not working otherwise — and that will make you stronger and less prone to injuries.”