Top Ten Benefits of Barre
We love Barre classes, but exactly how do they help us?
- Barre makes you stronger: Isometric contractions make up the bulk of a barre class and occur when the muscle tenses without changing length. What’s great about the small, incremental movements is that you can hold a posture and benefit from continuously engaging the muscle, plus you get a mini-recovery with each pulse, so you can stay in the hold longer.
- Barre will target multiple muscle groups at once: It is a highly efficient workout since you’re doing two to four movements—holding, pulsing, and stretching— at each time in each move. In addition, working all these areas at once also helps raise the heart rate.
- Barre will improve your mind and body concentration: The smaller movements in a barre class can bring a new level of awareness to the body that you don’t get in regular strength workouts. Barre will also improve muscular activation for those frequently underused muscles by strengthening the neuro-muscular (mind-body) connection.
- Barre increases your endurance: The constant strength training also helps with increasing your heart rate and endurance. The small movements are done in a fast-paced style, with short breaks here and there to catch your breath.
- Barre is FUN and upbeat: As it’s incorporated with dance, barre is a fun and exciting way to way workout. The atmosphere will make the workout enjoyable, so you’ll want to keep coming back for more!
- Barre can help you lose weight: A barre class targets the largest muscle groups in the body (like the thighs and glutes). The larger the muscle, the more calories burned. As you continue, you will begin to build more lean muscle mass, raising your base metabolic rate, which can help you produce more energy and burn more calories.
- Barre will improve your core strength: The beautiful thing about barre is that you engage your core the entire time, even if you are working the arms or thighs, you are always engaging, and therefore strengthening, the core as well. A strong core can also increase your performance in all other activities, whether you’re playing golf, tennis or lifting children.
- Barre can reduce cellulite: Aerobic activity is a major factor in reducing cellulite. Barre exercises are fat blasting; focusing on the lower body and designed to help you lose weight and tone up all over.
- Barre improves flexibility: Ballet-style stretches are a major part of the session so the muscles are elongated, reducing bulk and achieving improved balance and alignment.
- Barre increases bone health: The constant tension and resistance placed on the muscles in a barre class has the effect of strengthening bones, a key factor in warding off osteoporosis.