Benefits of Barre
The benefits of barre workouts are far-reaching – from physical strength to body confidence and mental clarity. Here are some of the many benefits our members find from regular attendance.
Hard on muscles, kind on joints
The controlled, body-weight-focused exercises within our classes increase muscle endurance and stability — reducing the pressure on your joints, tendons, ligaments and spine. Because of this, barre classes are suitable for all ages and stages and are ideal for those who're prone to injury. Exercises can always be modified whether you’re a beginner, pregnant or have an injury — but can also be amplified if you’re looking for a challenge.
Strengthens deep core
Your core is more than just those superficial '6-pack' muscles, and simple barre conditioning and bodyweight exercises can be used to engage all of them. Learning to better connect with your deep core can improve posture, decrease back pain, give you more confidence with higher-intensity movements, and help improve any pelvic floor dysfunction you may experience.
Barre classes focus on building strength in a safe and sustainable way. Classes are predominantly choreographed around a series of body-weight exercises to build strength, however, we do offer different pilates props to further challenge different muscle groups. These include pilates balls, booty bands, hand weights and therabands.
Barre training is a great way to enhance your flexibility and mobility while improving strength. Improved flexibility, and having a full range-of-motion, ensures that joints are moving freely, which can lead to improved posture and can reduce the chance of exercise-related injury.
Enhance your mind-body connection
Barre classes can improve muscular activation for frequently underused muscles by strengthening the neuromuscular (mind-body) connection. Paying attention to how your body is moving and activating can help you gain so much more out of your workout!
Barre Base offers you the opportunity to take a conscious breath, reflecting on how you feel day-to-day. Our classes offer members a chance to escape from their busy lives and truly focus on themselves for an hour. Stress management is a journey, and for many, Barre Base is a sanctuary to explore the best tools to deal with a busy mind.
Body awareness and posture
Good posture and body awareness involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on your supporting muscles and ligaments during weight-bearing activities. These weight-bearing activities may include gardening, playing with your children or hanging up the washing. The benefits of having better body awareness and coordination truly extend into all elements of your everyday life.
Time away from devices
We have a 'no phones on the mat' rule at Barre Base, offering you the space to connect with your body and mind, without being consumed by notifications. Giving yourself space from your devices offers you the chance to feel calm, creative, energised and clear-headed.
Fitness is like a petri dish for life — it gives us a training ground for the ways we perceive and navigate life's challenges. With consistent practice, we learn to find comfort in discomfort. We find a level of inner strength to push ourselves physically and mentally, knowing that nothing lasts forever. Through this process, we also learn to observe when our body truly needs rest. It's about those top 2-inches. The self-awareness we gain through exercise is a fantastic tool for life.
Our barre workouts are designed to target the large muscle groups in the body and effectively burn more calories by doing so. By targeting these groups, lean muscle mass will be gained which increases your resting metabolic rate. This means your body will continue to burn calories even once you’ve finished your workout. However, more importantly, we like to focus on what you can gain through a barre workout.
You're perfect as you are
Weight loss may be a result of your workouts and if that was what you were looking for, then great. But we believe what is more important is what you’ve gained in this process. It’s so incredibly freeing when weight loss isn’t at the forefront of our training. Let’s focus on strength, energy, focus, persistence and freedom — both physically and mentally.