3 Tips for a great Barre Class
So you’re thinking about attending your first Barre Class. First of all, good move. Barre Classes are great fun and a great workout.
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Not all Barre Classes are the same but as a general rule you can expect them to be more physical then a Pilates workout. That is, more cardio and more sweat, but again that can vary depending on the method and teacher.
So… some tips
1. Be Comfortable. Most people will wear typical workout clothes and go without socks although some people will keep socks on or wear socks with extra grip. It can also be a good idea to bring a towel and water.
2. Be Sensible. If you’ve got any injuries or similar you should let the teacher know. Although Barre classes are great for flexibility and toning if you’ve got any issues you could easily aggravate them. That’s because barre classes will generally work most parts of the body. So don’t go crazy the first time, save it for the second :)
3. Be Relaxed. That is, relax and enjoy. Music should be playing, energy should be high, your legs will probably be burning, and your bum might even be shaking of its own accord. Barre classes are a workout, so expect to work. But just think how good you’ll look :)
4. Yes, we did say 3 tips so think of this as a bonus. Be patient. That seems like a strange tip but Barre Classes generally use a mix of Pilates related moves, dance or ballet related moves and typical cardio of fitness exercises. Some of these may not be familiar and may take you several classes to get comfortable with. If you don’t have a ballet background some terms may not be familiar (Plie anyone?). Just make sure you watch the instructor closely and don’t worry you’ll pick it up soon enough.
Barre Classes are great fun and high energy. I hope you enjoy xx
If you’ve got any tips or ideas please share them below.