Barre Class 101: Getting Started
1) Who can take a Barre Class? Anyone! Male or female. Everyone is welcome in a Barre Class.
2) What will a Barre Class do for me? The Barre Class is ballet inspired, but it is not a ballet class. The goal is to target the muscle groups without putting undo stress on the joints. Every instructor will have their own style, but in general, classes will increase core strength and flexibility integrating the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.
3) What do I wear? Capri length or long pants, work out tank or form fitted top and socks. Longer pants will help keep your muscles warm and will allow for proper coverage for certain moves. Shorts are not recommended. A form fitted top will allow the instructor to see your form to better help with your technique and alignment. Socks with grip are preferred and we will be selling them at the Sports Desk. However, socks with grip are not required. Regular socks or bare feet are ok.
4) What should I expect from the Barre Class itself? Think small, medium and some large movement, small muscle groups, light weights, light resistance and big results! Barre Classes are inspired by Ballet, Pilates and Yoga. Some movements focus on small range with as little as 1 inch in range. Therefore, control and proper execution will give you the best results for long, lean muscles as intended by the movement. Shaking in a Barre Class is expected.
5) How often should I take a Barre Class? As with any program, the general rule of thumb is 2-3 times per week. Consistency is the key!