Every workout is unique in terms of pace, focus, and intensity, and barre is no exception. Unlike more common workouts that make you do big, sweeping movements, it focuses on stretching, straining, and strengthening small muscle groups. So whether you’re a beginner or a pro at workouts, you will definitely benefit from knowing the following things before you head to your first barre class.
1. You don’t need a dance background to enjoy barre.
Barre might have originated in dance, but you don’t need to have any dance background to follow the exercises. You just need to get in tune with your body’s unique rhythm. And although barre does involve some dance vocabulary (mostly from ballet), there’s no need to fret if you don’t recognize them. More than the terms, you need to familiarize your body with how the steps are done, and your instructor will expertly guide you through each one.
2. Prepare a pair of grippy socks.
Grippy socks are cushioned socks with small rubber or silicone patches on the soles to help you keep your balance and avoid slipping while doing barre poses. In barre, you will be holding certain poses for relatively long periods of time, and these socks will provide comfort and support as you execute them.
3. Some equipment will be used.
Apart from floor and mat exercises, you’ll have some exercises that will use light equipment like 2-pound hand weights or a barre ball. These equipment may seem easy to wield at first, but once you try holding a pose with them, you will likely change your mind. Barre is about training the muscles through repeated isometric exercises, so be prepared to do minimal movements while carrying weights, or while squatting on a ball.
4. Expect to shake. A lot.
Barre exercises are designed to engage all your muscles through micro-movements that will test your endurance. Expect to get exhausted at the end of each class, and expect to shake anytime during the routine. Don’t panic if you start shaking, because it’s actually an indication of a good workout. Shaking means your muscles are completely exhausted and you’re achieving the goals of the exercise. As you keep doing barre and develop greater endurance, your shaking might get less severe or occur much later in the routine.
5. Take your next class in no less than 48 hours.
You might be in a hurry to get to another class after the pleasant experience of your first barre workout, but take note that muscles need time to rest and rebuild after being subjected to strenuous activity. Going to another class too soon may damage your muscles. Allow your body to recover from fatigue, and wait at least 48 hours before taking your next class.
Barre is a one-of-a-kind workout that may be challenging at first, because it requires you to use every bit of your body. With our team of experienced instructors, C2 Body will make sure that you ease into the workout smoothly and safely. Contact us today to book your first class.