Although the thought of walking into a barre class may be intimidating to some, it’s not as scary as you might think.
Using body weight and light weights, this workout is designed to keep your body in complete control with a focus on alignment and core stability.
Because barre targets your core muscle groups, which are sometimes neglected in conventional strength training, it’s a good option to incorporate in your usual routine, suggests Elizabeth Nable, owner of three Xtend Barre’s in Sydney’s north.
Elizabeth busts four common myths and barriers to people giving barre a go:
Myth: You need to be a dancer to do barre
A common reason that most people skip out on barre is because there’s a misconception that you have to be well-versed in the art of dance to be any good at it.
“The beauty of barre is that all classes are multi-level, so whether you’re a professional dancer or you have two left feet, you will still get a great work out and have fun,” Elizabeth explains. “With barre, all the exercises can be modified or advanced to suit every fitness level and experience. The goal is that your form and your strength consistently improves with each class.”
So, your body will always have the chance to be challenged within your limits.
Myth: It’s easy!
One of the biggest myths about barre is that it’s easy. While barre is filled with sometimes tiny movements, it’s a very different muscle workout to a weights class or spin class.
“Countless repetitions of pliés challenge your muscle endurance and mental toughness, making it a little more tricky than you might have initially thought,” Elizabeth says.
Myth: Barre class won’t help you lose weight
Instead of being a straight dance class, barre is a ballet-inspired workout that works up a sweat. The class is specifically designed to build all-over body strength and aid your cardiovascular system
“Hearts race, calories are burned (on average, around 300+ per class) and overall cardio-fitness is drastically improved,” Elizabeth says.
Myth: Barre is only for women
Everyone is welcome at barre classes, even Arnie Schwarzenegger once took ballet to compliment his bodybuilding competition.
While this workout is popular with women, anyone can take advantage of the benefits a barre workout gives.