Sunday, 7 May 2017

Barre


There are some very exciting things happening this summer and finally I can announce one of them: I will start instructing Barre-classes! This is something I have been wanting to do ever since I first tried barre myself over a year ago and I'm so happy it's finally happening. So in this post I thought I'd share a bit more of my history with barre, the benefits of the class and what I intend to do in my classes. 

I first tried Barre at Virgin Active in January 2016 when I was doing my internship in London. It was love at first sight: I loved the training method, the instructor and the way I felt after the class. It also brought back memories from the ballet classes I did years ago to support my gymnastics hobby. I have been taking barre classes back in Finland from time to time as well but now finally it's arriving to the sports club I instruct at. 

Barre is based on and is inspired by ballet, but it's also a combination of group fitness and bodyweight training. The class is suitable for everybody, no matter what your fitness level is or how long you have been working out. You also shouldn't be worried if you have zero experience with pointe shoes. Obviously a ballet background might help you recognize the movements but after all ballet and barre are two totally different things and it actually might be better not to compare them. 

The best benefit of barre in my opinion is that the feeling after the class is very different from walking out of a class where you might have used weights. You have to focus on extending and stretching your body throughout the whole class and that has a huge impact on your posture. I generally feel two inches taller after a barre class than before it. Barre is also fun, the movements vary a lot so you won't get bored and they're done with good music playing in the background. All this while you're also training your muscle endurance.

Excitement overload and I can't wait for May to turn into June (for several reasons actually: my summer holiday, warmer weather...). I was also thinking of creating a barre workout for you to do at home. How does that sound?

Have you tried barre?

Emma x

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