benefits of the barre: straight up!

Here at the barre, we know our exercise technique is really darn effective because, well, we are living proof! Because of the transformation we have seen in ourselves, we firmly believe that our barre method will help you sculpt out the best possible shape on your frame.

However, as important as liking what you see in the mirror is (and we actually do believe it’s important – you must love yourself and we are thrilled to help you become happier with your appearance!), the more important benefits of barre are what happen under the surface. Some of it you will feel (that fabulous feeling after a hard workout, increased stamina, newfound strength, endurance and sense of well-being…) but a lot of it you will not – and that’s the really important stuff.

As we mentioned last week, the beauty of the barre is that we help you incorporate strength training into your exercise regime – so many women skip strength training and focus solely on cardio, but this leads to missing some incredibly important health benefits. Enter the barre: we want to help you get the benefits of strength training, the toning and sculpting of interval training & Pilates, and have so much fun doing it that it’s not a drag to get your workout in!

The barre is the most sustainable workout around, and we’ll stand by that – the benefitsof strength and body weight resistance training are so important that they span age and gender.

1. Build or maintain lean muscle mass: Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. Based on simple math, if your muscle mass % is decreasing, your body fat % is increasing. “If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Edward Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, and co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. The barre’s fun, high-energy approach to strength training focuses on building lean muscle mass throughout your whole body, including the largest muscle groups, where we burn the most calories doing it.

2. Develop strong bones: Strength training places a healthy stress on your bones – building bone density and reducing the risk for osteoporosis.

3. Control your weight: Remember that lean muscle mass we talked about? We forgot to mention another huge benefit of maintaining it as a healthy % in your body: muscle burns more energy than fat, creating a mechanism that more efficiently burns calories. Essentially, the more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories you are burning both at the barre and doing your everyday activities – strength training helps spike your metabolism!

4. Reduce your risk of injury: Building strong muscles protects your joints from injury, both when you’re at the barre and not! The barre is great as either your sole exercise during the week (it’s effective enough), but is also an incredible complementary activity for athletes: strengthening your core, leg and glute muscles in particular help your muscles move more freely and efficiently, functioning properly when running, biking or playing tennis, preventing over-stressing our joints.

5. Boost your stamina: As you’re building your strength you will also build your stamina, preventing early fatigue both when exercising and simply facing your day!

Check out other benefits of the barre, including how often we recommend attending here: http://www.thebarrestudio.com/faqs.html

We referenced the following article on strength training by Mayo Clinic for our article today: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/strength-training/HQ01710

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