Saturday, March 28, 2015

Barre3: A Great Barre Workout

I was introduced to barre workouts five years ago through a free barre class at my local Lululemon store. I fell in love pretty much right away. Over the past five years, I have been taking barre classes at various studios in the area. I enjoy seeing how barre classes differ and how different instructors teach the classes. Mixing things up also keeps things interesting for me.

Since barre classes are expensive, I’m always looking for specials. Years ago, I took at least three classes per week. At this point, it’s only once a week, and I purchase specially priced packages a few times a year at a few studios, which makes it more economical.

A new-to-me studio is about to open in Los Altos - barre3. I got to try a free class this past week and enjoyed it a lot. Compared to other barre classes I have taken, there is more movement, and it seemed positions weren’t held for quite as long as in other classes I have taken. The core was worked during different exercises throughout the class, so there also weren’t as many core-only exercises. I loved the pace of the class, and the 60 minutes truly seemed to fly by. Plus, the instructor gave great instructions and clearly showed all exercises in the middle of the room. I definitely got a great workout and was sore the next day and struggled up the steep hills on our hike. I look forward to taking more barre3 classes soon! 

Barre3 Los Altos 
Questions: Have you ever taken a barre class? If so, what did you think? Do you have a favorite barre workout? Do you have a favorite barre exercise? What’s your favorite workout?

Be well,
Andrea

9 comments:

  1. Barre classes are a big hit here in Portland.

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  2. I haven't taken a barre class, but I did see that a crossfit gym by me has a whole WEEK for free, and I might check that out. One of my high school field hockey friends has been telling me for the past few years to get on that bandwagon! Hope you had a great Easter!

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    1. I've been thinking of trying crossfit (I see great free deals all the time), but I'm worried about injuries. With my permanently injured ankle and some alignment issues in my back, I'm not sure it would be the smartest choice for me...

      But I'd be curious to see what you think if you ever try it!

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  3. No, I've never taken a barre class. I am a martial artist, however, so I've probably done some things that are similar in a way, although we turn in rather than turn out -)

    I have a close friend that did ballet from age four and has danced all around the world as a prima ballerina. She is quite fit and health conscious.

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    1. Yes, I think martial arts and barre workouts have definitely similarities. My younger son does Taekwondo, and we sometimes "swap" exercises... :)

      Barre workouts are great workouts. In one of the classes I used to go to was a former ballerina, who is in her late 70s. Her grace and strength are amazing! Something to aspire to!

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    2. Men envy a woman's flexibility, and women envy a man's strength. In the martial arts a man or woman with both is formidable :-)

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  4. I've never taken a barre class, but I have tried a few new classes over the past year and have really enjoyed them (like Zumba - can't believe I've never done it before!). I'm not really a "class" person; still, it's fun to try new things sometimes (and our muscles like it, too). So glad you enjoyed it, Andrea!

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  5. I love a workout that gives you that sore-but-doing-ok! feeling! I did a total body class a while back that used light weights that did the same thing -- I should do that again. I'm so glad you've found something that works for you, Andrea!

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