What is Barre?
Barre is a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to strengthen your body in ways that few other workouts can. In addition to building strength, this full body workout with small and large range movement also develops agility and flexibility.
How to Practice Barre
In a traditional barre studio, students will use a ballet barre to balance and hold postures for bodyweight work. Some barre classes are styled so they can be done in any open space with access to resistance equipment such as light hand weights, resistance bands and stability balls.
Benefits of Barre at MindBody Yoga + Barre
Strength and Definition
Barre targets muscle groups from all angles. Especially the muscles that are underused and underdeveloped.
Helps to Improve Your Posture
Core muscles are always working throughout classes. When the core is strong it helps with posture so your low back is not over compensating the workload. Most people sit at a desk or car for long periods of time. This can put a strain on the back. By strengthening the core as well as hamstrings and glutes, you will be able to stand or sit up taller.
Isometric contractions and isotonic movements are both practiced in barre. These contractions make slow twitching muscle fibers that can increase stamina and improve an individual’s endurance.
Mind Body Connection
Barre challenges muscles with every move . There are a lot of “Mind of Matter’ moments. It is important to connect your mind with what muscle group you are working in the moment.