What is Barre

WHAT ARE BARRE WORKOUTS?

A barre workout is principally a combination of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional muscle training. And instructors will have different styles depending on their fitness or dance background. You can perfect a barre workout without any previous dance experience and tailored to be “as a beginners ballet class” or as little ballet as you like. A barre workout can be fun, active and intense, providing full mind and body exercises.

You are stabilising your muscle.

Barre workouts will stretch and strengthen muscles by stabilising muscle to perform the full range of movement “R.O.M” or isolation in the particular exercise given.

Are you looking for quick results?

Ballet Barre is the answer. It uses your muscles differently, and you will feel as if every muscle in your body is working. We will split this into groups. You are starting from top to bottom.

The head 

Moves freely on the shoulders and also has positons, using your facial expression.

The Arms

The weakest link, the arms for most people, extending the arms out to the side for a few minutes is challenging, making your arms look like a sad swan. 

Happy swan is elbows lifted point to the back, the elbow and wrist descend from the shoulder when in 2nd position, “thats arms extending out to the side”. 

The torso

The torso uses the four major abdominal muscles providing strength and mobility in the joints. There is so much happening here as it’s the powerhouse to keep everything in good order. 

Legs and Bum

Yes, a firm tight bum as needed, no soggy bottoms allowed. The bum named the Gluteus Maximus is a place that overload happens.


You will read online reviews explaining styles of workouts, and this phrase really really gets on my T—s Quote. 

 “You will use muscles you never thought you had.”

“What a load of gobbly goop rubbish”


Firstly

Q. Do I need dance experience?

   A. No dance experience is needed!

Q.What should I be doing? 

    A. Weight training and or resistant bands 

           along with stretching lots of it.

Styles of Barre workouts

Every Instructor has a different background of training. Some come from dancers background, and some form fitness backgrounds. Dancer background Instructors use their dance experience to the routine, making it more ballet and fitness background trained on the exercise to a music background.

A barre workout is principally a combination of Pilates, dance, yoga and functional muscle training. You can perfect a barre workout without any previous dance experience and tailored to be “as ballet” or as little ballet as you like. A barre workout can be fun, active and intense, providing full mind and body exercises.

Barre Ballet burns calories, and a sense of feeling taller, and gaining more power to your muscles.

Think brain training combined with body training. Barre workouts are sure to centre your mind on what your body is doing or maybe not doing.

Barre do and dont 

Trying out your first ballet barre workout can be daunting. Practice, practice and practice again, and you’ll start finding it all comes together and more effective, and you will feel more confident. 

“Trust me Im, a former dancer.”

  • Focus on understanding the technique. 
  • Just like ballet, execute petite to grande movements. Or centimetre or two might be all it takes. Isometric exercises allow you to target the specific muscle that you are toning. Did somebody say sculpted legs and bum? You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how much benefit you’ll get only from adjusting a small amount. Think small for a big ballet barre workout.
  • Do practice and learn your ‘tuck’ pelvic tilt. The tuck is one of the core aspects of barre workouts. In the simplest of forms, it’s mostly a pelvic tilt. Shifting your pelvis forward and pulling your abs in, you’re shortening the space between the hip bones and the rib cage.

 

 DO MARK IT OUT WILL SHOW IMPROVEMENT 

“Mark it out,” you say 

When the teacher shows you the following sequence of steps, It is best practice to physically follow by doing the steps with the teacher as he or she demonstrates—marking it out with your body. We have a higher chance of remembering the steps. 

A word of wisdom.

 If you watch the teacher and dont mark it out, guaranteed your body, arms, and legs will not know what to do! If you watch, you will forget altogether. Therefore it’s always best to mark it out once, maybe twice, then go for it with everything you got. 

 “I want to see power, strength, confidence, emotion, express the movement, give it all you have, become part of the music, and feel it. Breathe it. You are it.”

 

 Give me ATTITUDE
  • Pre and post stretch and warm-up. A warm-up prepares your body for exercise, which can effectively prevent an injury. 
  • Do dress appropriately. Barre workout clothes are essential. It can make a difference. 
  • Men, best not loose clothing as need to see the alignment of the body 
  • fitted tracksuit bottoms and top
  • Women tights Invest in a good pair of leggings and a well-fitting top!
Shacking 

As you progress through the class, muscles will start shaking when you overuse them and fatigue fast, have a water break, and d take deep slow breaths.

Pace your self 

If, at any point, you feel pain as opposed to working muscles, stop exercising immediately.

Hi, I’m Louie former Classical Ballet dancer. 

 Learning new skills is a great challenge and understand your body understand spatial awareness, and connecting your mind and body.

Louie’s barre class will bring out the dancer in you by sharing his knowledge of Classical ballet, teaching essential foundations to look like a dancer for the best barre workout and how you can start feeling like a dancer. It is the learning of the foundations, and the correct technique is the golden key to look, flow, move with grace effortlessly with motion.

Have a lovely day.