A couple of weeks ago, a local studio reached out to me about taking their barre classes in downtown Milwaukee. I have had friends recommend it before but admittedly, it’s hard to pay for a specific studio when usually the gym has everything you need for a good workout. But not only were these ladies accommodating, sweet people- they offered to take the class with me and gave me permission to review the whole thing. Obviously I couldn’t refuse!
First of all, Barre is a confusing term (I think) until you have either done a class or researched it. Here are the basics:
- The term “barre” sounds like a ballet class. And yes, you use the ballet bar for a portion of the class but not the whole time.
- It is very movement based. A lot of isometric exercises to engage the muscles, much like yoga.
- Some portions of the class require light weights- 2-3lbs. I thought that was kindof silly at first when the trainer in me said LIFT HEAVY ALL THE TIME- but trust me- its effective. I had sore arms for 2 days.
I went to Movement Center in Milwaukee third ward for my Barre class. The instructor was amazing. In fact, all but one of us were taking a class for the first time. She was patient, answered questions and gave us a great workout.
- It’s a full body circuit workout. While isolating muscles groups is great, if you don’t have time- a full body circuit gets the blood flowing and all muscle groups activated.
- Improved range of motion. This is a great benefit for weight lifters. When you are lifting the same movements constantly, the muscles need that stretch to keep them elongated.
- Improved posture. Enough said! Having good posture can relieve stress on the back, shoulders and other joints.
I would completely recommend taking a barre class as part of a fitness regimen. It was a fun environment and incorporated with lifting isolated muscle groups would benefit your body entirely.