A leaner and toned physique isn’t the only benefit of building stronger thighs. Visit any Barre studio’s website and you’ll find a number of appealing promises. Many are of the view that only after about five classes, you see the difference in your body, strength, and tone those tough muscles in your arms, legs, and core. The best part is that anyone- no matter what their age, weight or fitness level can hit the bar and get results. With claims like these, who wouldn’t want to plié their way to a stronger body?
Since it all sounds too good to be true, we needed to investigate. Here, we dig into the technique behind the ballet-inspired workout to find out exactly how it can rebuild your physique.
The History-: Considering that the basic design of a barre workout is same as a ballet, no wonder it was found by a Ballerina. To say the barre trend has heated up in the last ten years is an understatement. Barre has morphed itself from a class of nimble dancer types to become the workout choice of the fitness enthusiasts everywhere.
The Workout-: While barre has its origins in dance, the rhythmically challenged need not worry. No tap shoes or fancy footwork is required. You don’t need any dance experience. Instead, most barre classes follow the usual structure. You’ll start with a mat-based warm-up full of push-ups, do a series of arm exercises and continue at the bar with a lower body section to work your thighs. Finally, you’ll finish with a series of core-focused moves on the mat.
So what’s the difference between barre and a typical strength training class? Rather than more complex, compound movements, you’ll perform tiny, increments called isometric movements.
1.) Those tiny movements can help you get stronger-: The isometric contractions that make up the bulk of a barre class can hold a posture and benefit from continuously engaging the muscle.
2.) You’ll target multiple muscle groups at once-: It’s a highly efficient workout since you are doing two to four movements—holding, pulsing, stretching, For example, in barre method classes, you will practice the diamond waterski. While holding onto the bar with one hand, your legs are in a diamond-shape, heels raised, while the torso is angled. This move mainly targets your quads, but at the same time, you’re also challenging the calves, hamstrings, glutes, abs, and upper-back muscles. Working all these areas at once also helps raise the heart rate.
3.) You’ll improve your mind-body connection-: The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that you don’t get in regular strength workouts. In this way, barre can improve muscular activation for frequently underused muscles by strengthening the neuro-muscular connections.
If you’re doing a lot of strength training and spinning, for example, it’s a good idea to incorporate the high-reps, bodyweight-only exercises of a barre class once a week. On another two to three days a week, do some cardio to get your heart rate up and add in two to three strength training sessions, It’s all part of a balanced breakfast, barre classes can help improve postural alignment, core strength, and enhance mobility, dance. Mix up your routine and keep your body moving while focusing the majority of your efforts on work that increases overall strength and endurance. Do that and you’ll be fit for life.”