What does having the ball between our legs during thigh series really do?
Answer (From Erin O.):
“It totally enhances your barre workout! Yes, you can still fire up those thighs and feel those shakes without a ball, but when you add that ball it’s an extra challenge! It targets those inner thighs to sculpt and strengthen them. Each time you squeeze in the ball you are burning fat and creating muscle! The more fat you burn the more muscle you create and the more muscle you build the higher your metabolism, and more calories you burn!
The ball also helps promote stability and a proud posture. When you place the ball in between your thighs you immediately stand up a little taller, your shoulders roll back and you engage your core, your lower abdominals always get a workout when you use the Barre ball! It’s a little extra cardio work too because your heart rate goes up!”
Question: How do I know if I’m ready to try the HIT class?
Answer (From Kristen S.):
HIT the Barre is based off of the High Intensity Training method. At the barre, we worked to keep our signature barre moves and workout, and add a kick of cardio to keep the heart rate up for a solid 50 min. While our open class is still a cardio burn, the HIT classes keeps a steady pace so that our heart rate does not come down throughout the workout. We recommend you take at least 5 open barre classes before attending the HIT the barre class. This will help to be familiar with a lot of our movements and set ups, so that you can transition quickly from one move to the next. Posture is always of utmost importance, therefore it is beneficial for you to have a grasp on correct form to ensure you get the very most out of each movement, and, each and every minute.
By adding the HIT class to your open and mini barre workout, you will see quick results, while enhancing your metobollic rate and strengthening, and sculpting every muscle in your body. If you have been taking our open class and are ready for the next challenge, you are ready to HIT the barre. Remember…you are always stronger than you think you are!!
Question: What are the benefits of doing barre while pregnant?
Answer (From Kim D.):
Oh I love this question because you get all the regular benefits plus even MORE!
First, assuming you have no complications upon doctors approval, barre is absolutely safe throughout your pregnancy! It is the perfect way to stay toned and keep up that desired strength for delivery and just overall in general. I always tell clients to “listen” to your body and let it be your guide. Maybe at times you need to take a little break (which is NO biggie), and other times you will be simply amazed at what your body can and will do for you! Also, the strength of your mind is a powerful tool! Throughout pregnancy, and the three trimesters, you will be challenged in different ways! For example, when I was pregnant with my third, I had to really focus on my breathing throughout first trimester. In my second trimester, I had so much energy to push myself and felt so empowered by the strength and endurance I still had. In my the third and final trimester, simple modifications and mental power came into play. I remember having to fight through tricep dips, but also knew I could push myself for such a small increment of time. 🙂 Our instructors are always there to support you so if you have any questions on those modifications just ask as we are more than happy to help!
One of the best benefits is when other clients watch you working so hard and see that you CAN do it, you motivate every person in class to work even harder! The ladies at our studio are so incredibly supportive that you will love coming to barre pregnant and will feel so great about yourself!
Lastly, continuing barre throughout your pregnancy will help in delivery, keep off the extra pounds, and absolutely will help you bounce back after baby (who doesn’t want that)? You will be craving to come back after maternity leave!
WARNING – You better be ready to come show that little bundle off upon delivery; we love babies! 🙂
How long have you been coming to the barre?
I signed up for a month unlimited the end of October and have been coming ever since!
How did you first hear about us?
I live really close to 50th and France and so whenever I am in the area I would always see the studio and want to check it out.
Do you have a favorite instructor? Why?
I have loved all of the instructors!!! I have taken a lot of classes from Jenny and Kim (just due to scheduling) and they are amazing! Recently, I got to take a class from Kalli and then one from Paula! Let me tell you – they kicked my butt and I loved it! I will definitely be trying to take more classes from them. They are all so great at helping with form through out class, encouraging you when you just want to quit and helping you push through the shakes!
What has been your biggest challenge coming to class?
Just forcing myself to go! It’s so hard in the winter when it’s dark (at night) and cold to want to get out of your warm and cozy house and go but it’s ALWAYS worth it. I have yet to take a class where I thought ‘well that was a waste of my time.’ (ha!)
How have you overcome that? Or how are you working on that?
I find that the month of unlimited classes really forced me to go because I wanted to get my money’s worth – so I am thinking of signing up for a month (or 3) unlimited! Also, just looking at my week and getting the classes in my calendar that I am going to go to so it’s a priority. It also helps to have a friend! I got both my mom and sister hooked on Barre so now I have them to help hold me accountable to go!
Have you been to other studios? How is the barre different?
I did do Pure Barre but it was a while ago. Biggest difference – there is no Monkey Barre! That was a deal breaker for me. I can’t commit to a work out if I can’t bring my 2 and a half year old! Quinn LOVES going to Barre and playing with “Alex.” She thinks Alex is one of her best friends. It’s so comforting knowing she is having FUN!
What is your biggest goal in coming to the barre?
Do shape and tone my body and to get STRONGER!