Sunday, February 2, 2014

Heading to the Barre

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.
It is the first class I have ever stuck with after a month or two and I really look forward to signing up for them and attending. The results have been incredible as well. I am more toned, stronger, have more energy and my hardest areas to tone (thighs) are actually getting more shapely (score!).

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?

12 comments:

  1. I have heard such great things about Barre classes! Supposed to be a great, fun way to stay in shape. My hair lady swears by them :)

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  2. Stopping by from MM - I've been looking into Barre classes in our area, needing a major change from my regular gym days! Local studio near us has a new member $100 unlimited for a month so thinking about trying it out :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I've done yoga and currently Pilates but barre.. now, that's new! Your body is smoking!

    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    Dubai, UAE

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  4. Went to my first pure barre class this morning after taking a year off from it (because of the price tag....), but wish I had just sucked it up and paid it for the last year instead! I'd be WAY ahead of where I am now! They are definitely challenging, but I love how you can grade it to your ability, and actually how the better you get at it, the more beneficial it seems to be.., for example holding planks! Have to go down to my knees after 30 seconds of feeling my back arching like crazy! Our plank sequence is 90 seconds long, so that's a goal in itself!
    Love that you posted this on the same day I went back to class. I have 19 paid classes left, so I suppose I'll go back!

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  5. What is this staying in shape thing I have heard so much about? It looks like it is working.

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  6. It's so satisfying to find a workout situation that works for you. Sounds like you've been through quite a process to find your favorite but glad you have one you're liking! I'm an at-home exerciser now after being a gym-goer for years and years. Sometimes I miss the social aspect of a gym, but this is much more convenient and I'm all about time-saving these days. Thanks for linking up today. :) -Gina
    On the Daily Express

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  7. I really need to try Barre! I take pilates at a joint Barre studio so I really need to just take the plunge and try it! The classes often look a little crowded, which gives me anxiety, but I have yet to hear a bad thing about it! You're looking good, lady!
    morepiecesofme.com

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  8. You put to shame!!! Must get back in shape!

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  9. Okay, if your abs look like that and you can only hold a 30 second plank I need to know your secret!! My plank is at a minute but I guess my abs are still hiding :-)

    P.S. Came over from the Manic Monday Link-Up

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  10. Visiting from Medical Mondays! I would love to try a Barre class, but they are a 30-minute drive away and it's just not going to happen :) Good for you!

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  11. I think I would like to try Barre classes, I don't like doing cardio alone because it gets boring. It looks like its working!

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  12. Just signed up! First class is on Monday :)

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