Barre classes have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a unique and challenging workout experience. Barre is a low-impact, high-intensity workout that combines elements of dance, Pilates, and yoga to provide a full-body workout.
One of the key benefits of barre is its ability to help you improve your core strength. In this blog, we'll explore why barre is so effective for strengthening your core and what you can expect from a barre class.
Core strength is the foundation of overall fitness and stability. Your core muscles, including your abs, hips, and lower back, help you maintain good posture, balance, and stability. When your core is strong, you're less likely to suffer from back pain, and you're able to perform other exercises with better form and more confidence.
A 'barre' is basically a glorified hand-rail, offering greater support as you move. The barre is particularly good for those who struggle with balance in standing postures. With the support of the barre, you will be able to focus on the quality of your movements, while engaging your core muscles for further power and improved posture. As you gain more core strength, you will notice that you will become less reliant on the barre. Your balance, stability and strength will improve – offering you more confidence with exercises away from the barre itself.
Barre classes target your core muscles in a variety of ways. The combination of isometric holds, small, repetitive movements, and emphasis on alignment and posture all work to engage your core muscles as you move through a variety of exercises – you don't have to do a 100 sit ups to build core strength!
Many barre exercises involve holding your body in a specific position while you engage your core muscles, such as in a plank or side plank. Other exercises focus on how you can better recruit your abdominals to support the movement of your legs and arms – leg lifts, kicks, and the famous plié, or dancers squat. Through a barre class, you will learn how the core is truly the powerhouse of your body.
Barre classes are an effective and fun way to improve your core strength. By combining elements of dance, Pilates, and yoga, barre offers a full-body workout that challenges your muscles in new ways and helps you build a strong, stable core.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced fitness enthusiast, barre classes are a great way to improve your overall health and wellness. At Barre Base Anywhere, we offer technical tips and cues to help you move safely and with confidence. We discuss the power of enhancing your mind-to-muscle connection to ensure you can get the most out of each and every workout.
Our online classes offer options for all levels. If you're looking to build core strength postpartum, or you're returning to exercise after an injury, try our Barre Foundation Series. Or if you're looking to get straight into a dynamic online barre class, try Barre Base Express.