Barre workouts have grown enormously popular in the last few years, and it's one of those workouts you just can't seem to get enough of! Not to mention the colourful grip socks that come along with the addiction. So why is it so popular? What makes this form of exercise so much fun that it leaves you coming back for more? It's the good vibes, the energy in the room and the amazing results that you gain from a good Barre class that has the whole town talking about pliés, tendus and relevés. At Fleur Wellbeing, Barre HIIT & Barre SCULPT as well as our Mums + Bubs Barre class are by far our most popular classes on the timetable (be sure to book in!) and here's why.
F L E X I B I L I T Y
You don't need to be able to touch your toes or turn into a pretzel to practice Barre, but the movements and stretches involved will definitely help improve your overall range of motion and mobility. This will in turn leave you feeling more free, relieved of stiffness and tension within your joints and allow you to move with more ease and comfort.
P O S T U R E
During a Barre class, your entire body works in every movement. Your deep core muscles work closely with your stabilisers such as the gluteals and lower leg muscles to create stability and balance within a whole range of different exercises. You will feel muscles that you didn't even know existed (they will be on fire), and you will be constantly reminded about your alignment by your instructor to ensure that you are on centre. One of the most common issues clients present with is weak gluts and core, leading to lower back pain. From strengthening and targeting the muscles of the hips, back and core you will soon notice a big difference in not only your posture and the way you sit, stand and walk, but you will experience less back pain, and less tension.
M U S C L E D E F I N I T I O N
Whether you're working the thighs, butt, abs or arms in a Barre class, you will never just be working one muscle. You will be working that muscle group from all angles and everywhere in between. This is exactly why you may even experience that "shake" (after the fifty thousandth plié pulse). By strengthening each muscle group incorporating small hand held weights, elastics and Pilates Balls, you will notice big changes in muscle definition, especially in those often "missed" muscles such as in your upper back and arms. Not to mention give you an awesome butt!
M U S C U L A R E N D U R A N C E
Think of holding a squat, with a ball between your thighs, perfect posture, shoulders relaxed and core engaged, then let's do 16 x tiny controlled little pulses up and down in that position, followed by 16 x inside thigh squeezes, followed by a "hold" for 16 counts while your legs are shaking like a leaf. Do I have you sweating yet? haha These types of small controlled isometric muscle contractions are what increase your stamina and endurance. Embrace the shake guys!
S T R E S S R E L I E F + M E N T A L F O C U S
After a busy day, and lots of built up tension there's nothing better than being able to switch off and have some time out for yourself. Focus on how your body is moving, and have some fun! Your Instructor is there to take the reins and guide you through a good vibes only workout to upbeat music that will leave you feeling mentally fresh, uplifted and calmer when you walk out.
If you love Pilates, a little bit of cardio, a little bit of Ballet, and a lot of good times, then Barre is the workout for YOU! No Tutu's required, just put on your favourite pair of tights, pack your grip socks and let's go!
To book in and try a barre class, you can do so through the MINDBODY booking system on our website. (Click the link below). You can also use the MINDBODY app on your phone and manage your classes straight from your device. For all of our class times, visit the Schedule tab, classes are also up to date in Mindbody.
New to our studio? Why not try out the 10 Day Group class Intro for only $25. See you in class!
Written by Ellesse Hawkins
Our Blog posts are a written by our Instructors at Fleur Wellbeing Studio, to share in knowledge and inspire our community.