Without a doubt, one of the biggest struggles I hear for why people stop exercising is, “It’s so boring. I have a hard time doing the same thing over and over.” Many people see it as a boring, monotonous movement, like running on a treadmill for hours while staring at the wall. That is boring! But exercise doesn’t have to be. Exercise CAN and SHOULD be fun. Inspired by this, Chris and I are on a mission to show you how exercise can be fun.
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to play “The Dating Game” with exercise by experimenting with them ourselves! From Barre to Pilates and Aerial Silks to Pole, we’ll provide you with lots of info to (hopefully) light that fire and show you how much fun fitness really CAN be! On that note…time to kick off my fave video series to date, Fitness is Fun…starting with a Barre workout, where I brought a few friends (you know, for moral support) to try it with me! Enjoy, and scroll down for detailed info on barre benefits and thoughts on the workout itself.
“Feel the burn” was brought to a whole new level at Barre3. Most barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates.
The barre is used to stabilize yourself while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. While most of the class is done using your own body weight, light handheld weights area also incorporated to intensify the reps and mats are brought in to help with core work.
Pure Barre Benefits:
- Improved posture
- Increased strength and muscle stamina
- Added muscle toning and definition over time
- Increased flexibility
- Improved balance and coordination
- Reduced stress—don’t all of us mamas need this??
Since each class is a one-hour series of low impact exercises, it is perfect for all fitness levels, especially those who may suffer from joint pain or need to increase mobility. It’s also an EXCELLENT option for those wanting to develop overall core strength, including pre- and postpartum mamas looking to regain their strength and balance!
One of the other major benefits of this type of exercise is the sense of community, camaraderie, and accountability that comes with a group/class environment. If I know someone is waiting for me at a class, or I could use some much needed girl time, I am in!
So while I didn’t give it the highest rating, it had nothing to do with the efficacy of the workout. It was intense and amazing and everything in between. My personal passion for fitness comes from a little faster-paced and/or silly types of workouts (think…anything that makes me look like a fool OR anything that makes me look like a Pro. No in between. lol). And since this particular workout was neither, I give it a 7 out of 10—ha!
On the flip side, I feel like most people would (and DO) love barre class for good reason! And while it wasn’t my favorite to date, my rule is to try everything once. So get out there and go try it, and let me know your personal rating for barre in the comments below!
A huge thanks again to Karie Johnson, owner of Barre3 in N. Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, AZ, for showing us how it’s done!!
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