Barre workouts are fast becoming a fitness trend. It’s one of the best ways to achieve a ballerina figure as it works the small supportive muscles throughout your body using an exercise style called ‘isometrics.’ Derived from and incorporating movements from ballet, barre workouts use classical dance movements and positions combined with yoga and Pilates, as well as the use of other gym equipment to tone and strengthen your muscles with small, pulsing movements. Benefits of this form of exercise include improved strength, posture, flexibility, balance, stability, and muscle definition. It has also been claimed to help in weight loss and in reducing stress levels.
Barre classes at the NRG Lab typically focus on small, pulsing movements with an emphasis on form, alignment and core engagement, which is similar to what can be expected from ballet training. Participants are asked to hold their bodies still while contracting specific targeted sets of muscles in isometric exercises, which are strength training movements in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. Isometrics exercises are done in static positions, rather than being dynamic through a range of motion, with many repetitions, short movements, and utilizing only light weights when applicable.
Barre exercises are considered to be lower impact compared to regular workout routines, and they typically don’t build as much functional strength as conventional strength training does. These exercises are not as effective as cardio training as traditional aerobics classes in building cardio-vascular fitness, as they only raise heart rate to about 40-50 percent of maximum. However, it a good choice for those who want to tone their muscles and can be done in conjunction with other workouts. It is also easier and lighter on the body than other more extreme workout programs available. Interested? Sign up for a barre class at the NRG Lab and begin your journey to better health.