What is a Barre Class?
For starters, if you haven’t taken a barre class, and you expect it to be a less-than-demanding workout, be advised – you will likely be catching your breath throughout, especially when you’re instructed to begin pulsing (barre regulars are giggling). However, the beauty of a barre class at AFC Fitness is that whether you are new to exercise or you’re an established athlete, instructors tailor the workout to your level. As the music fills the room with positive vibes, you will see some in their 20’s and others in their 60’s, all joined together but working at their own level as the instructor sets the tone. Inside the barre studio at AFC Fitness, age is just a number.
Barre is a combination of yoga, Pilates, ballet and dance foundations that focus on the entire body. It is a low-impact workout that is ideal for all levels. However, make no mistake, low-impact does not translate to easy. Controlled dance movements are intermixed with bursts of cardio and stronger moves that include larger muscle groups to shape the entire body.
Although more aligned with a lean look than a muscle building strength workout, this whole-body, ballet inspired workout is well known for it’s short pulsating movements that target and strengthen muscles typically missed during a weight training session. Areas of the butt, arms, thighs and core are hit from many angles and actions.
Barre has a strong social aspect, as well. If you’re looking to meet new people or spend quality time with friends, ditch the typical bar scene for a new kind of barre! And it’s no surprise that people are increasingly dumping the happy hour and instead getting together for workouts and classes.
If you’re a guy, consider the female dominated ratio of a typical barre class. Working out can be very attractive. And, people usually feel content and open to meeting other people right after an exercise session. We’ve put the idea out for you gents. Now checkout the barre classes at AFC Fitness!
A typical barre class ends with a cool down focusing on breathing, stretching and posture development. After a barre class, you’ll feel satisfyingly exhausted. Most participants feel it in their arms, and their glutes have an unusual muscle soreness that speaks to how Barre is an effective butt workout.
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