Workout of the Week
by Nicole Wilkes
Photography courtesy of purebarreboston on Instagram
Barre is best known for its ability to combine strength and endurance training. The workout targets the largest muscle groups in the body, such as the thighs and glutes. This does wonders for your metabolic rate, as the more muscle you have, the more effectively your body converts food into useful energy. Barre is not solely for leg day, however, as classes are designed to sculpt and build muscle in the arms, core and back as well. As the practice draws inspiration from traditional ballet dancing, it is also known to improve your posture and flexibility.
Barre class is best for anyone looking for low-impact, high-intensity endurance and strength training. This makes it ideal for anyone with joint injuries. The combination of strength and endurance work also means barre is great for anyone looking to effectively lose weight. The class is also open to all fitness levels and often delivers quick, tangible results, making it ideal for anyone looking to jumpstart a new fitness routine.
What to expect
Barre classes are known for being fast-paced. You’ll find the class incorporates classic ballet movements and postures alongside some derived from practices like Pilates and yoga. These movements are often small but highly controlled and isolated. The core is engaged throughout the entire class, then usually targeted towards the end. The recommended attire is tights/leggings and a tank top or short sleeve shirt. Some studios recommend class members wear socks, and others suggest members are barefoot.
Where to find it
Pure Barre—Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115
Xtend Barre—Newbury Street, Boston, MA, 02115
Simply Barre—West Broadway, Boston, MA, 02127