If you don’t already know what a “barre class” is then girl, now’s your time to find out. Between March 2011 and March 2021 we saw the worldwide interest in barre classes rise by a massive 920%! (Google Trends) But what actually is barre? Keep reading to find out all you need to know, why we love it and why we think it’s going to be the next fitness craze…
What is barre?
Barre is where ballet, yoga and pilates meet. It’s an exercise class specifically designed to strengthen your body in ways that many other workouts don’t. It’s a full body beating that’s built from a combination of low-impact, high-intensity exercises. These movements are also paired with different stretching techniques, so if you’re looking to become more flexible, then this one’s perfect for you.
What should you expect from a barre class?
A barre class tends to be split into different sections, focusing on different muscle groups. For example, core, legs, arms and glutes. The movements are typically slow and focused, think Swan Lake style, and using only small weights, if any. It’s easy to underestimate the class on your first visit (we know we did!) but trust us when we say; this one is sure to leave your muscles burning.
What are the benefits of a barre class?
As we mentioned before, barre is designed to build muscle, improve strength and increase your overall flexibility, but the benefits don’t end there. Barre has also been proven to help weight management and better your posture, so you can wave goodbye to those achy shoulders and hunchbacks babe, this is sure to give you some extra inches. It also allows you to feel more connected to your body, as well as helping you to increase your stability and core control. We think it’s pretty clear to see why we’re utterly obsessed and why we think you, Team Bo+Tee, need to try out barre right now!
But what do you wear?
Don’t worry, you don’t need to turn up in your ballet tights, leotard and tutu… although we’re sure you could if you wanted to! For barre classes it’s best to wear leggings or long fitness trousers rather than shorts, along with whatever top you feel comfortable in. Wearing tight fitting clothing allows your instructor to get a good idea of your form so make sure whatever you wear is close to the skin. You also won’t need any shoes! That’s right sis, for a barre class you’re best suited to bare feet or socks with grips to make sure you’re not sliding all over the place.
We hope we’ve opened your eyes to the wonderful world of barre and we hope you’re as invested as us! We really believe barre is on the rise and if you’re looking to spice up your usual weekly workouts then this is definitely one you should try.