How to Barre your Best
Wondering where you go from here? Here’s the lowdown on how to get the best out of Barre-training.
Starting out: Technical and Targeted
1st-Barre isn’t just a newbie class, its your chance to master the technique of the key movements. Learn to control and isolate each exercise.
Take advantage of the steady pace and the small class environment to really connect your body to the movements. Start to push your movements further and find your ‘edge’. After a couple of classes you should be able to gauge your ‘weak spots’, thats where express classes come into play. These classes are 30mins of targeted training, whether you need a little more core, added power in your ‘power muscles’ or tension and tightness is your biggest challenge, there’s a class that fits the bill.
Work your 1st-Barre and express classes together to build the knowledge and strength to take with you into a faster paced class. As always, keep a training conversation going with your instructor at all times. Ask about recommendations for classes and let us know when you want to push for the next challenge. We’re here to help!
Moving on: Faster and Fitter
Your instructor will give you a nudge when it’s time for the next challenge. Open-Barre is a mixed level, larger and faster paced class. It’s a good idea to know your Barre class well as not to be distracted from your own training during class.
The regime and discipline of the class remains the same with a few added challenges pushed through the exercises. At this stage we would also recommend you introduce Power classes to your schedule. Having already mastered some knowledge and control, your next challenge is to fast-build your stamina.
Power classes are designed for just that. A more aggressive format working to advance your Barre class to the next level.
There’s a class for Core, Upper Body, Cardio and Endurance training. Although the movements are less technical, the stamina requirement means that Barre knowledge is essential.
Mixing all programs; Barre, Power and express classes will allow you to maximise your training schedule and again, advance your Barre class.
2nd-Barre is the next level to get your teeth into. Make sure you’re ready to push, ‘edge’ your movements further and faster, complete all your sets in perfect form every time :)
Advanced maintenance: Master Blaster
The super-advanced Barre classes are Barre 2.5 & 3rd-Barre. Intricate technique, advanced core stability, excellent mind-body muscle connections and maximum body control in both strengthening and stretching are expected to execute these classes in a purposeful way. Expect plenty of technical talk and loads of push from your instructor so have your multi-tasking firmly in hand for these pro-style sessions!