Well after that post, I had the chance to stay with Jolene and take one of her classes. I adored it (and her teaching)! And I felt worked, but in a good way. I was intrigued by all the different classes they offered and how BARRE workouts really can WORK your whole body at once. Hence this guest post. So enjoy, and uh.. GO TAKE BARRE!
The benefits of the barre: round two!
When Lindsay asked me to guest blog for her again about the benefits of barre workouts, I immediately jumped at the opportunity. Thank you Lindsay, once again, for allowing me to share my viewpoint on why barre workouts are so amazing and above all? Why it is so important to find something that works for you – specifically you, and nobody else.
Because when you do? It is an absolute joy to work out, and something to look forward to, not look forward to…getting it over with. Some may be shaking their heads at that premise, but it’s the truth!
But why do they work? Here’s why…
Variety, variety, variety.
What I so adore about the classes at barre n9ne, and not just about barre workouts, period, is the variety that keeps-you-guessing and doesn’t ever get boring, doesn’t ever become monotonous and doesn’t ever become easier. It’s always a challenge. It’s always difficult (yet achievable!) and it always delivers results.
Targets the trouble spots women target most!
Let’s face it – inner thighs (and thighs generally), glutes, abs, and arms (triceps, specifically!) are those areas women most want to slim down when looking for a workout regime. And what I love about barre n9ne workouts is that they target these areas and truly torch them. For example, we believe in plies, plies, plies, not lunges and squats, that lean out the tops and sides of our thighs, rather than building up the ‘swoop’ that can happen when you tend to over-build up the fronts and sides of your thighs, as squats and lunges tend to focus on (great for men, notsogreat for women!). I used to adore squats and lunges, yet I abhorred (okay, maybe that’s a strong word! it was a trouble spot!) my thighs and inner thighs and never understood why they were never quite improving. With more focus on leaning the legs with isometric movements, lighter weights and high repetition, the results are obvious in all of our clients. Seeing before and after pictures come in, the first thing I always notice, thighs, abs, arms. Bingo.
Muscle failure, burn, baby, burn.
(see, even men can benefit)
We always tell our clients, especially those just starting out, to ’embrace the shake’ of their muscles, don’t shy away from it. That shake is muscle failure and working it to the max, which leads to muscle toning, like whoa. Lean, mean, machine! I said in my last post for Lindsay, that you just feel worked from head to toe after a class, and it’s just so true. Every single time. Every single class. That shake, that burn, that shut-your-eyes-and-breathe-through-it…it just works.
It complements cardio, big time.
Add in a cardio element – running, walking, biking, whatever you like, and you have a very well rounded workout regime. It’s all about smarter, not harder, too, which I adore. Toss in a few 30-45 min cardio bursts interspersed with your barre classes (2-4 times a week) and you truly get an amazing workout, in a short amount of time. The tiny movements, zillion reps, and burn, shake, and burn some more of the barre, combined with getting your sweat on, and your body just responds. It is truly the first and only approach that has ever worked for me, and not only worked, but is a sustainable, fun, and effective workout that works for any age, any shape, any size, any activity level, from beginners to advanced, in a fun, social and supportive community.
Now what’s better than that?!
It goes back to what I said in the beginning…it’s all about finding an approach that works best for YOU and only YOU. And when you do? It is pure joy, day in and day out. And for me, I feel blessed to not only live this lifestyle, I have the honor of teaching it every single day (give or take!).
Now, who’s ready for barre workout? GO FOR IT! I’m sure there are plenty of barre studios in your area.
Thank you Jo (aka Jolene) for the guest post. You (and Jess) are AMAZING!