Barre is a hybrid workout class unlike any other. Combining pilates, dance, yoga, and strength agility training, the isometric movements our highly trained instructors incorporate help you hyper-focus on specific muscle groups so you tighten and tone those more difficult areas!
Barre class might actually push you to your limits, but yields a high return— you can expect to gain a lot by jumping head-first into your class. By regularly challenging your body during barre class, you’ll begin to notice improved muscle definition, greater flexibility, and better posture.
Barre classes are inspired by ballet, but you don’t have to have any skills to successfully attend class. That being said, you may not be familiar with the terms used in class. Keep tuned into everything the instructor says so you don’t miss out on the names of the exercises you’re doing and the instructions.
Bethany Athletic Club’s Barre Classes
Our barre classes incorporate a ballet barre and use classic dance moves like plies alongside deep stretching. Joining a barre class means that you will also focus on high reps of small-range movements.
What to Expect at Our Barre Classes
A lot of our classes begin with a warm-up. This can incorporate a combination of push-ups, tricep dips, and planks before the instructors move the class to the barre. Once you’re at the ballet barre, the focus turns to toning your legs and glutes with isometric movements that hold your body still while you contract specific muscle groups.
After your workout at the barre, our instructors lead the class on the mat for a core-focused workout. This transitions seamlessly into a yoga-inspired cool-down.
Who Benefits the Most From Barre Classes At Bethany Athletic Club?
Barre workouts are a holistic full-body workout that is specifically great for strengthening your core and toning your glutes and legs. Since barre classes are low-impact, it’s a great option if you’re recovering from an injury (but please do let our instructors know!). Many barre workouts can be modified so they are a safe option for pre or post-natal exercise.
Barre classes are also a great option for members who are looking for a good cross-training option to pair with other workouts like running, weight lifting, or cycling. Barre is great with each of these because it strengthens the muscle groups you use for each without pushing your body too far.
What Should You Wear to Barre Class
Workout attire can make or break your exercise class experience. When choosing what to wear to Barre class, think along the lines of yoga wear. Leggings, a sports bra, and a tank will suffice. Don’t worry about footwear- barefoot or grippy socks are the way to go for barre!
How Does Barre Class Measure Up Against Cardio?
The best part about barre class? It combines strength training and cardio– you’re burning fat and building muscle at the same time! Strengthening your muscles means that you can burn as much as 15 times as many calories as fat.
A stronger core is arguably the most important muscle groups for strong runners to focus on, which makes barre perfect for those looking to condition and train for better runs. Studies show that deep core muscles work to evenly distribute the load for a run, allowing for better overall performance and endurance.