Well, this is a change of pace!
Besides working full time at as a Digital Strategist and being a yoga teacher, I also love to teach fitness. Barre, specifically.
My journey to the barre started with long-distance running and after an injury from lack of cross-training, I purchased an unlimited membership to a Hot Yoga & Fitness studio (best decision of my life). This was about 8 years ago, and after many years as a student, attending barre, yoga, and fitnesses classes, and ultimately choosing classes over running – a weekend of Barre Instructor training was coming up during a big transitional period in my life (aka getting out of a serious relationship). I wanted something to distract myself from my emotions and throw my energy into. And being an enneagram 7, I immediately signed up for the training, not even giving the slightest thought to what would come out of the weekend. I dove in head first & it has lead me down a very beneficial path.
What is the class like?
The traditional Barre class format will target the arms, thighs, glutes, and core so you get a full body workout. Movements will be mostly in a one inch range or holds so we’re fatiguing out the muscles instead of providing the release you normally get through a full extension in a rep.
What should I expect?
Besides the instructor side for myself, there are a ton of amazing benefits to the Barre workout.
- Physical Results:
- Gaining the dancers physique! Barre helps strengthen and tone your muscles without increasing bulk, so you build long, lean results between the process of fatiguing the muscle & then stretching it out.
- Improves your posture
- Increases cardiovascular endurance and metabolism
- A consistent practice can even help increase bone density
- Mental Results:
- Boost in mood & energy
- Clearer mindset
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
- Social Results:
- New friendships & community
- Support system
How long does it take to see results?
The list I provided above will vary for each person. If you’re active in your classes and stick around after to chat with the instructor and students, the community aspect will more than likely come first. I highly encourage this because if you’re like me, than you build the connection and support system that will keep you coming back to class even on days where you don’t want to workout!
You may notice mental results after your very first class! And I recommend taking class 3-5 times per week to get the best results for the physical & strength aspect.
If you’re completely new, Barre will take a few classes to get the hang of the movements, stances, & cues but be patient and give yourself time to learn the exercises and technique! I know how intimidating it can be to try something new but just remember we’ve all been there. And whichever studio or gym you decide to attend, the front desk staff and instructors should be more than happy to have you and show you the ropes.