Is this exercise hard to learn?
Don’t expect to know all of the moves right away. During your first few classes, you’ll probably have trouble keeping up. It depends on the person and their background, but after three classes, most of the movements that may feel strange at first start to really click and make sense. Barre can be so fast-paced that the second you think you’ve finally mastered a pose, it’s time to switch to a new one. Don’t get discouraged.
Is this for beginners or do I have to be an Athlete?
This is for everyone! In barre, you have to focus on very small movements. Your instructor may ask you to move just an inch. Small movements and isometric movements allow you to directly target the muscle and area that you are toning. If you’re more used to intense cardio, you may feel compelled to make bigger movements during barre exercises, but try to resist. No unnecessary movement or large range of motion is needed and, in fact, is often why other forms of exercise cause injuries. Try to get in the mindset to “think small” before you enter the studio; you’ll be surprised at how much of a workout you’ll get from moving just an inch.
What does it mean to "Tuck"?
The “tuck” is one of the key concepts of barre. The best way to explain the tuck is a pelvic tilt. Your pelvis tilts forward, your abdominals draw in, and your lower back tucks under. You're shortening the distance between your two hip bones and your rib cage. One tip: Place your thumb on your rib cage and your pointer finger on your hip bone. If you’re tucking correctly, you should feel the distance between the two shorten. The tuck is important because it's what protects our lower back throughout the exercises.
What should I wear to class?
Barre/Bounce classes and or Bounce classes should include a full support athletic sports bra. Water is welcome in the studio and filtered water within the building available. Make sure to wear leggings or yoga pants and a tight tank top. This will keep heat from escaping your body, allowing you to sweat more — and it’ll help you and your instructor see your form. You won’t be wearing sneakers in the studio, so you’ll need socks. We sell socks with special grips on the soles that help your balance, create traction, and promote circulation throughout your workout.
Can I bring my children to class?
Clients 14-15 years of age will require a parent or guardian to accompany them during class. Clients 16-17 years of age will require a New Client Waiver to be signed by their parent or guardian.
Can I participate if i'm pregnant or just had a baby?
Moms-to-be and new moms love barre class. If you’re pregnant or postpartum, consult with your doctor before taking barre classes. Please arrive early to class and check in with your instructor, who will provide alternative postures appropriate for pregnant or postpartum clients.