what is barre.?

It’s a L O N G story, actually. It’s about the physical as well as the aesthetic benefits of lengthening muscles, while strengthening them.

You’ve admired dancers’ bodies, admit it (we all have). barre. combines Pilates, yoga and ballet moves to give you beautiful, sculpted, lean muscles – without the impact and injuries dancers endure.

The other, just as significant, aspect of barre. is the focus it demands. And the focus you reclaim as you go through your workout – armed (with well-defined arms we might add) to face the rest of your day calmly, confidently, health-fully.

FAQs

What’s a barre. class like?
Set to upbeat music (to keep you motivated), our 60-minute class starts with a warm up and sequence of upper-body exercises using light free weights, push-ups and plank.  It’s here that we target the bicep, tricep, shoulder, chest and back muscles. Then we move into a series of ballet barre or floor exercises that focus on the thighs – which we then stretch.
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Our seat series follows, using the ballet barre or floor. We finish off the seat with more stretching.  It’s onto abs after that, followed by more stretching (picking up on the theme?) and some back extensions. We wrap up the class with our fun “back dancing” and our final stretch.

Is dance experience required?
No dance experience required. All types of people take our classes. We offer many modifications and our instructors will make sure you are in the correct position in class. We’re very hands-on and our main priority is your safety. We do offer private sessions, if you feel the need to get a better understanding of the positions.

Will barre. help me to lose weight?
If you attend barre. 3-4 times a week and maintain a healthy diet, your body will respond accordingly. We focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles, which burn calories more efficiently than fat. Increased muscle will ultimately lead to weight loss!

Does barre. tone the body?
barre. burns your muscles to their fullest potential and then stretches and elongates that same muscle group.  Our students see the effects of the method in as little as a week! Smaller waistlines, thinner thighs, lifted, stronger seats, flatter abs. Yep, barre. tones — come see for yourself!

Is barre. cardiovascular?
Oh, yes. Over the course of a class, your heart rate will go up and down. And up, and down.

Will I bulk up if I do barre.?
No. That’s the beauty of barre. Most of the exercises use your own body weight rather than heavy weights. Followed by stretching, allowing you to achieve longer, leaner and stronger muscles.

How often should I attend barre. classes?
Our method is designed so you can do it every day. And we have many clients that do! As with most healthy exercise, the more you do it, the better the result. We recommend at least 3-4 times a week.

Can I take class if I am pregnant or recently had a baby?
Always consult your doctor. Moderate exercise during and post pregnancy can help women feel healthy and fit.

Why do I have to wear socks?
Traction! We need your focus on the muscle group we’re tormenting, not on trying not to slip. That’s where the socks come in.

Why do I have to keep my legs covered (even on warmer days)?
Keeping your legs covered means keeping your muscles warm. Warm muscles are more flexible, and less prone to injury.