What is Barre? And Why Should I Give It A Go?
Barre is a form of exercise that includes movements commonly found in ballet. But it can also include those found in yoga and pilates too.
These high-intensity, low-impact movements target muscle groups with small bursts of intense, contracting movements with dynamic stretching.
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You’ll soon notice that regular Barre will strengthen your muscles, particularly those in your core, arms, thighs, glutes and pelvic floor. Increasing strength will help you maintain muscle mass as you age, control your weight, keep your joints moving and help you balance better.
When you have been regularly attending your Barre class, you’ll find your muscular endurance has increased. This means that you can exercise for longer periods of time and at a greater intensity.
Improved muscular endurance has been shown to:
- Improve posture,
- Increase aerobic capacity of muscles,
- Improve ability to carry out normal daily activities,
- Increase overall athletic performance.
A full-body barre workout helps keep your joints warm and mobile, increasing your range of motion and flexibility.
Maintaining flexibility makes it much easier to move throughout your day. It can even prevent stiffness when you sit for long periods of time.
Using a Barre/Chair during your exercises can help you find your centre of gravity, improve your posture, and straighten your lower back. It also helps you make easy adjustments to your form and improve your balance.
Gentle on Joints
Whilst Barre classes can get incredible results, they do it all whilst being gentle on our joints!
That said, certain movements may feel uncomfortable if you are managing a particular health condition. Look for classes where adaptations are included!
Barre is a great option if you are just getting into exercise, but it can also be a challenge for more seasoned enthusiasts. It can improve balance, build strength, make you more flexible, burn calories and improve overall stability.
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