What’s a barre class like?

Barre is a ballet inspired, music-driven class that starts with a warm up followed by a sequence of upper-body exercises using free weights, push-ups and various plank positions. Along with core training, it’s here that we also target the bicep, tricep, shoulder, chest and back muscles. Next, we move into a series of barre or floor exercises that focus on the thighs – followed by a deep, long stretch. Several, easy to use props are also integrated throughout class to help you maximize each exercise.

Our seat series follows, using the ballet barre or floor. We finish off the seat work with more stretching. It’s onto abs after that, followed by more stretching (do you see the theme?) and some back extensions. Finally, we cool down the class with an engaging, relaxing finish. What a feeling!

Is dance experience required?

No dance experience required. Many different body types, shapes, and sizes take our classes. We offer many modifications and our instructors will make sure you are in the correct positions in class. Teaching others how to exercise with a neutral, stable spine is one of our specialties! We’re very hands-on and our main priority is your safety. Additionally, we offer private sessions for those needing a better understanding of the positions.

Will barre help me to lose weight?

Typically, if you attend barre 3-4 times a week and maintain a nutritious lifestyle, your body will respond accordingly. We focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles, which burn calories more efficiently than fat. This leads to increased weight loss!

What’s a stall bar?

Recommended before and after class, a stall bar is will help create space between your discs and vertebrae. As you hang, the muscles along your spine will lengthen with the gentle stretch that you experience from hanging your legs toward the floor.
HOW do you hang from the stall bar?  It’s actually pretty easy. First, you want to face the stall bar and then climb up the rungs of the bar in order to hold on to the very top bar.  Hold the bar slightly with your arms slightly wider than your shoulders.  From here, slowly walk the feet down to the lowest bar you can reach and allow your heels to press down towards the floor.

From here, you can hold taking several deep breaths, or to achieve deeper lengthening, gently take one foot off the stall bar at a time and allow the lower half of your body to lengthen towards the floor.  Be sure to breathe as you keep a solid grip on the bar.

Hang from the stall bar for as long as you feel comfortable holding.  A good goal is 30 seconds.

Does barre tone the body?

Barre burns your muscles to their fullest potential (you may feel “the shake”) and then stretches and elongates that same muscle group. Our members see the effects of the method in as little as a week! Smaller waistlines, thinner thighs,  firmer butt, and stronger, flatter abs. Come see for yourself!

Is barre cardiovascular?

Depending your rate of exertion, it can be. Over the course of a class, it’s typical that your heart rate will go up and down. Ultimately, barre is a great way to practice effective breathing and alignment through exercise.

Will I bulk up if I do barre?

No. That’s the beauty of barre. Most of the exercises use your own body weight which allows you to practice spinal alignment and achieve longer, leaner and stronger muscles.

How often should I attend barre classes?

For best results 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 and please notify our staff if you know you are pregnant. Moderate exercise before, during, and after pregnancy can help women feel healthy and fit.

Why do I have to wear socks?

Traction! We need your focus on the working muscle group, 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 is recommended to keep your muscles warm. Simply put, warm muscles are more flexible and less prone to injury.