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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  1. I'm glad you posted this Emma because I fell in love with barre too! Congratulations of instructing and I'd love to take a class from you! Though I'm about as graceful as a duck and stiff as a tree lol. But I love how I feel strong and stretched afterwards. The barre classes in the US are very expensive and are full of affluent women wearing lululemon, but I did take a live class at The Bar Method once and loved, and it was challenging and invigorating! I notice my upper body and abs sculpting but my legs get a little bigger from it, but I just need a lot of cardio to slim those out. Have you heard of Ballet Beautiful too? It's more floorwork, and the trainer has worked with Natalie Portman for Black Swan and the Victoria's Secret Angels. I get great results from her too.

    Hannah
    Floraful

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  2. I haven't tried Barre before but it seems so interesting! I've only heard it a few times but I didn't really know it worked so I'm glad I read your blog about it. I already take dance almost everyday, and I don't do as much pilates as I once did before. I think I'm just naturally a dancer so if this is more of the dance as well perhaps I'd enjoy it more as well <3

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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  3. I use the barre many times during ballet class in order to help me balance when I'm on pointe. Also, to help increase the muscles I use for pointe such as the Gastrocnemius muscle, the Soleus muscle as well as flexor muscles. I'm assuming you take up ballet as well...?
    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. I've never tried barre but it sounds so nice :) I wish I can be able too, but practice is the key! You're are so talented Emma :) have a wonderful day!

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day<3 xxx

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