If you’re ready for a new workout that will strengthen your muscles, challenge you, and interest you in ways more than just picking up weights and putting them down again, then it’s time to take a closer look at barre. You might have a puzzled look on your face thinking, “That isn’t how you spell ‘bar’,” but we can assure you that we are talking about a different kind of barre! If you are ready to learn what barre workout routines are all about, read on to learn more.

How to Describe Barre?

At its core, barre classes use a combination of poses and postures that combine ballet, Pilates, and yoga. We use a literal barre to help us keep our balance while we perform exercises that are dedicated to isometric strength training. We also combine these exercises with a small range of motion movements. If we are feeling particularly brave, we may even incorporate some light handheld weights to heighten the workout!

How Did Barre Become Popular?

Everyone has different reasons for choosing barre classes, and we believe that they are all valid. The small class sizes combined with techniques some women learned when they were younger can make for a fun and encouraging environment. However, women also tend to see quick results when they choose barre classes. This is because these classes are cardio, strength training, and flexibility training all rolled into one. With a one-stop workout, we understand why those who are short on time would choose this option instead of a traditional lifting routine.

Why is Barre a Good Choice?

Some of the major benefits of barre include good posture, improved muscle definition, weight loss, decreased stress, and increased flexibility. While some of those may sound more glamorous than others, they are all essential when we think about aging and our bodies changing as we grow older. If you are pregnant and searching for a fitness option, barre might be a good fit. These classes are not high impact, and they may even help with imbalance and stability issues in pregnant women. Of course, please contact your doctor before beginning any new workout routines or classes.

What Should I Expect at Barre?

The typical barre class is set up to take you through an invigorating and challenging workout that starts with a warm up. Then, you will begin going through both upper-body exercises and lower-body exercises. The upper-body exercises might include everything from free weights, push-ups, planks, and other moves that were designed to target your arms, back, and chest. For the lower body, it’s more likely that you will use the barre and your own body weight to engage those muscles. After this is all done, you will have a cool-down time to stretch and give your muscles some room for recovery. Most classes will only take an hour from start to finish!

What Should I Wear?

We recommend dressing as you would for a yoga class. Leggings, a sports bra, and a tank top is a great outfit to start. Just make sure you are comfortable! There are no shoes to be worn in barre, so be prepared to do the class in socks. Grippy socks are your best option!

Barre vs. Cardio

If you feel like you need to choose between cardio and strength training, you would be wrong! Barre is a great way to combine both strength and cardio, so you are building muscle and burning fat at the same time. Barre technique focuses on strengthening your muscles, and muscle tissue burns 15 times as many calories as fat. This means that as you grow stronger, your body will begin burning away your fat even when you aren’t in barre class.

Sculpt + Sweat

If you are looking for a new and challenging workout to keep you feeling motivated through the whole day, it’s time to give barre a try. Call Sculpt + Sweat in Las Vegas to learn more about our various classes as well as what you can expect when it’s time for your class to begin. We want you to feel confident and excited about your first class with us, so don’t hesitate to reach out. If you would like to learn about our other classes, including Pilates, click here.