Friday, February 28, 2020

What is Barre?

You might have seen Barre classes on our schedule as a recent addition at our Glenville location.  We were lucky enough to inherit dance studio bars in Studio B from a previous tenant, and our awesome instructor Gabby Hogan achieved her Barre teaching certification to make this class possible!

If you've never taken a Barre class before, you might be wondering what it's all about.  Luckily, we've asked Gabby to answer some common questions about Barre!

What is Barre class?

Barre is a workout that is inspired from ballet, pilates, and yoga. It focuses on strength, flexibility, and muscular endurance. In a Barre class, we are targeting the slow twitch muscle fibers with high reps and low intensity movements to push the muscle to the point of exhaustion, which means, yes, you are doing it correctly if your legs start to shake!

What are the typical exercises you do in a Barre class?

The typical exercises we do are always changing! We do a lot of pile squats, which look a lot like sumo squats that we do in our Girl Fight classes. For many of the exercises, we use the barre, as well as blocks and balls, to help make the movements that much more fun!

Is a Barre class okay for beginners?

Absolutely! With the Barre class, any level can take the class. We focus on smaller ranges of motion with higher reps. There are many modifications to all the movements.

Do you have to be coordinated or have dance experience to participate? 

No! All you need is yourself and be ready to have some fun!

What is your favorite thing about teaching Barre?

My favorite thing about teaching Barre is hard to choose. There are so many things I love about teaching it! I mean, for starters, I love the energy with each class and with everyone taking the class. I love the fun we can bring to the class with a little sing-a-long dance workout listening to Grease! I love it also because it helps you become more self aware of your body and focuses on the smaller ranges of movement, which is so helpful when taking other workout classes!

We hope you consider coming and checking out a class with us soon!