Barre workouts are known for sculpting a lean, feminine physique. Using light weights and high repetition until your muscles start to burn and change dramatically, there’s no other workout that delivers results so profoundly. Curious? Here are some benefits of barre workouts:
1. It’s More Efficient
Building lean muscle tissue increases your metabolic mass which helps to burns calories, even at rest. This makes strength training an efficient workout overall because you keep burning fat even after you’re done working out. Barre classes target all major muscle groups, often simultaneously, and rely primarily on your own body weight for resistance. Think: A total body sculpting class packed into one hour. If you’re a busy mom, a working woman, or a multi-tasker, say YES!
2. You’ll Become Empowered
Confidence is your most beautiful trait. Carrying yourself with elegance and good posture is one way to feel good inside and practicing barre helps bring out your inner dancer. Posture enhancing moves combined with targeting strength training and stretching help you look and feel taller both in and outside of class. Pair this with heart pumping music, barre class will leave you feeling energized and empowered. With time, practice, and commitment you’ll notice your body change radically and boy is that a way to feel great about yourself.
3. Strong is Beautiful
Beware: barre class will sculpt your muscles and you’ll start to see your guns pop out. Not only are muscles visually beautiful, you’ll get stronger in your daily life. Lifting, running, chores, and day-to-day madness will start to feel more effortless with your newfound strength. Barre class has even enhanced my yoga practice: all those pushups prepare me well for arm balances!
4. You Get Flexible
Most good barre classes mix in a good amount of stretching before and after the hard work which leaves your muscles long and lean and helps to avoid post-workout soreness (although not completely-sorry–if you work hard you will feel your legs the next day). Think hamstring stretches, pigeon poses, and hip stretches. There’s even a moment at the end of most classes when the lights dim and the music slows and you can focus on those final stretches.
5. You Force Your Comfort Zones
Barre workouts are not for the faint of heart. They’re known to bring footballers to their knees. Yes, there will be moments when you want to give up. Barre classes force you out of your comfort zone and train you to persevere through the struggle. The great benefits of a toned physique only kick in if you’re willing to push to your edge. So go ahead, get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and watch your body change for the better.