Jul 5, 2021 | Fitness

Body Positive

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If you’re looking for a way to spice up your workout routine with a fun, energetic exercise form, look no further than barre classes, says Nadine Suliaman.

A relatively new form of exercise, barre has gained popularity over the past few years, especially with women. So what is it about, and why should you try it?

“Barre is a hybrid workout that combines the best aspects of Pilates, dance and yoga.”

Barre is a hybrid workout that combines the best aspects of Pilates, dance and yoga, at the same time sculpting and toning your body. A typical session involves repetitive, small-range movements using light weights. What makes it fun is that there are a range of ‘toys’ to play with while you exercise: Therabands, resistance loops, Pilates balls or yoga straps, as well as small dumbbells ranging from 0.5kg to 2kg. Much of the workout is focused on isometric movements that require you to keep your body still while contracting and focusing on specific muscles – this will have you feeling the burn and shaking in all the right ways.

The benefits of barre.

A barre session equates to a full body workout, which helps you develop lean muscle while also toning the areas that you might struggle with in regular workouts. Because barre is a low-impact exercise form, it’s ideal for women who are recovering from injuries, or are pregnant or post-partum. Barre is perfect for those at any fitness level but be sure to warn your instructor if you have an injury or are pregnant, so that the workouts can be adjusted accordingly. It’s also great for dancers, runners, cyclists and weight trainers looking to tone and strengthen their bodies.
What to expect
Most studios will provide a mat for you, but you can also bring a non-slip yoga towel along to cover your mat. All
other equipment is available at the studio. There are a wide range of online and in-studio barre classes all over South Africa, most of which have an energetic instructor and music that will get your blood flowing. Remember to bring along a bottle of water and a sweat towel.