To me, there is nothing better than a great barre class. The music, the moves and that feeling of euphoria afterwards…it is the reason why it is my favorite workout! But what really sets a barre workout apart from other workouts?
Barre Combines the Best of the Best
Well, for one, barre workouts are a combination of some of the best modalities in fitness. It combines ballet (my background!), strength conditioning, yoga, pilates and orthopedic movement for one incredibly amazing workout. The typical barre format usually includes a warm-up, upper body/weights, barre section focusing on thighs and glutes and then core work on the mat. Some classes offer more cardio while others focus on tiny but intense muscle movements and isometric contractions. Personally, I am a huge fan of including cardio and strength together for one great workout (which is another reason I love HIIT the Barre, which combines barre plus HIIT moves!).
Barre is One of the Best Ways to Sculpt Muscles
Barre is one of the best ways to tone and sculpt your muscles.Barre is a form of interval training.In a typical barre interval, you target a specific set of muscles and work it until the point of fatigue.You are effectively overloading the muscles so that they start to burn and shake before getting a rest.This overload on your muscles require them to adapt and become stronger, helping you look more toned.
Barre is Unlike Any Other Workout
The unique blend of modalities combined with the fast paced movements makes barre unlike any other workout. I like to think of it as pop ballet. It is like ballet that has been put to pop music and given a makeover. Or it is like pilates taken off the mat and amped up a bit. Although it is neither strictly one or the other, barre is its own beast and a good one at that! It is constantly evolving, changing and getting harder!
Excellent workout as always. It's challenging, fun and easily one of my favorite workouts!
Fantastic class! Great technique pointers. Always new exercises to challenge oneself!
I am excited to take classes with Brittany in person this summer! I have followed Brittany online for some time. I particularly like the Barre and Pilates workout videos. Her workout techniques reflect current thinking and best practices. She supports all levels of fitness. Definitely worth a try!
Brittany is the BEST. She is inspirational, motivational and innovative. No two classes are ever the same. I'm sad when the summer classes end, but I'm looking forward to checking out her online classes this fall and winter.
My wife and I decided to give Balance Barre Fitness a try and we were not disappointed. We thought the classes would be pretty easy but were surprised at how rigorous they were. The class was great for working on our coordination and core strength. I don't get to many ...