I have never been a huge fan of exercise. I loathe going to the gym and doing boring cardio, fending off stares from creepers (can't a girl squat in peace??), and the worst is the loud, sexual grunts that even when I have my headphones on full blast still come piercing through.
But for the past 5 months I have fallen in love with barre classes. I have taken ballet, pilates, and yoga before and barre combines all three to create a body weight based leg, arm, and core workout. You also use some light hand weights with many repetitions. The focus is on stretching, toning and getting stronger each time.
This class is no joke either! It involves lots of planks (which I still can't hold longer than 30 seconds tops but Im working on it), push ups and squats/leg lifts. It is high energy, fun and the instructors are amazing!
|A couple recent holy cow I have abs and biceps shots. Hard work pays off. Or at least thats what I tell myself so I don't up and leave in the middle of class.|
I have tried many different studios and my favorite is BarreAmped. I had tried Bar Method and did not like their method of requiring you to tuck your pelvis on each move and their instructors were not very friendly in my opinion. My form must have been off as well because I got bad headaches after every class.
XtendBarre was pretty good but they spend a lot of the class away from the barre which is my favorite part. I would end up with knee pain sometimes because they do a lot of plies and floor work. The Dailey Method was very challenging for me and also caused headaches post workout. So I have monthly unlimited memberships to my local BarreAmped.
I recommend trying out a few different studios and methods until you find one that clicks for you. I had to go through many different ones until I found my match. Groupon and Living Social almost always have deals for new members thats how I got hooked.
The only downside to these classes is that they are very, very pricey and may not be assessable to everyone. But many studios offer packages/discounts, you could use an at home DVD (but take a few in studio classes first to get your form down), and also many YMCA/community centers offer barre classes for way cheaper.
Have you ever taken a barre class? How do you stay in shape?