We’ve always said it, but one of the best things about our barre classes is that the benefits are long-term, and go much deeper than the shape of your body. We’ll admit, the famed “barre body” is often what first brings someone through our door – and you’ll get that – but we love that we are sharing an exercise that benefits your long term health and is sustainable in the long run.
To explain how deep the benefits go, we need to ask a seemingly simple question. Are our barre classes cardio?
Technically, yes, our barre classes are cardio, despite your preconceived notions! Many women associate “cardio” with things like running, swimming or biking – or what experts typically label “aerobic exercise.” But cardio, or cardiovascular exercise, is any activity that strengthens your heart and improves the function of your cardiovascular system. To do this, major muscle groups need to contract repeatedly enough to elevate the heart rate to a target level (some experts give a general ballpark of about 50% of your max, or around 100 beats per minute).
Does this “repeated muscle contraction” sound familiar? If you come to the barre, it should…we spend our hour moving through the muscles in our body, focusing on one group at a time, engaging and deeply contracting it! That’s right, barre classes are “cardio”, as the umbrella of cardiovascular exercise includes both aerobic and anaerobic workouts, and therefore, improves your heart health.
What kind of benefits are we talking?
- lowering resting heart rates (increasing work output)
- improve cholesterol levels
- improve your body’s ability to metabolize sugars
And this is why it’s important even if weight loss isn’t your goal. To give you more cardiovascular benefits from our athletically-based and dynamic barre classes, we try to reduce the “break time” in between series and keep you moving from one exercise to the next. This increased load will keep your heart rate in the elevated zone – increasing the intensity of every exercise we do and sky-rocketing your inner benefits.
If you are especially interested in a faster-paced, heart-healthy barre class, our new class debuting today, Mini Barre, epitomizes this! We’ve reduced stretch (recovery) times and will move through the series at a very quickened pace to keep your heart rate elevated and maintain our typical intensity while reducing class time to 40 minutes!