Before I start this post, let me clarify: I’m not an expert at barre by any means. I, myself, am a barre beginner, so if I’m an expert at anything, it’s that: being a beginner. But, I thought maybe it would be helpful to hear from me at this stage, so here goes…
First thing’s first: what’s barre?
Barre is a combination of ballet, yoga and Pilates. Classes are typically one-hour long and involve a full body workout that’s designed to both burn fat and build lean muscle.
Does barre have beginner classes?
Classes are really for all skill levels, so if you’re a beginner like me, don’t worry about selecting the wrong class. They’re all for you! It might take a couple classes to totally get what’s going on, but good instructors tend to recognize when there’s a beginner in the class and aim to assist as needed.
Should I be intimidated of barre?
Absolutely not! I had heard of barre for years before I tried it. I’ve always been a yoga girl myself, but I’ve never been great at keeping with a fitness routine long-term. Barre always seemed intimidating to me. I always heard it was much more difficult than yoga, so I avoided it…until I started to get a little older, and my womanly problem areas began to be more difficult to maintain. Of the women I follow on Instagram, I started to notice that the ones whose bodies were most like the body I want all did barre, so I decided to face my fears and try it, and I’m glad I did. Honestly, it is pretty strenuous, but definitely doable, and well worth it!
How often should you barre each week?
Barre is perfect for me due to my schedule. It’s probably one of the best full-body workouts you can do in a hour! Personally, I take two classes per week. And in all honesty, my body is pretty sore in the couple days between classes, so I feel like two per week might be the magic number for me…at least for now.
What should I wear to barre?
Appropriate clothing for barre is pretty similar to what you’d wear to yoga: spandex pants or capris, a sports bra and a tank. However, barre typically also requires grippy socks to practice. You can find some great ones on Amazon.
Should I eat before class?
Don’t eat immediately before. I made this mistake for my first class, and I definitely regretted it. The workout is pretty fast-paced and strenuous throughout, so it can be easy to really feel that food moving around your full stomach. Now, I try to attend classes that are right before a meal, so my stomach is empty.
How will I feel after a barre class?
When I practice yoga, hit the gym or hike, I tend to feel really energized after. I can really feel those endorphins. However, that same isn’t true for me with barre, so I always make sure I have downtime immediately following to relax, drink a protein shake and meditate. Barre is an amazing workout, but I know I really feel the fatigue immediately after.
How long will it take to see results from barre?
Every body is different of course, but my husband mentioned I was starting to look more toned after just two weeks — he could also be being nice of course ;) — but overall, I feel like I’m seeing results really quickly. I’m excited to continue working at it!
Have you tried barre? What’s your experience been like?