How to Survive and Slay your Barre Class
I have been teaching barre for over 4 years and the workout and the community have completely transformed my life and body. I take class about 4 times a week and teach around 12-15 classes a week as a master trainer in the Los Angeles. Clearly I’m a barre whore as we like to call ourselves at Pop Physique. Basically a lot of basic chicks tucking and pulsing weekly with bomb ass strong bodies…I’m in. Below are some tips and tricks that I have learned from being a long time client and teacher of the barre technique. Hope you enjoy!
1) Make it a part of your lifestyle. Barre is a technique and just like anything in life, practice makes perfect. Barre is a super specific technique that isolates and has you focus on long holds and squeezes of a specific muscle so it takes a lot of concentration and time. Many of the barre companies have apps where you can schedule out your week or even your monthly workouts. This helps you stay consistent and accountable.
2) Listen to the instructor, and try to last at least 5 more seconds. Often if you are new to barre or even new to exercise as a whole barre can be very overwhelming. The burn that the barre technique can create may literally make you want you to pass out…sorry…and giving up or getting out of the position is sometimes super appealing. If your instructor is good they will most likely be cueing you enough that you probably only have about 10 more seconds until your transition. So if you listen and breathe I guarantee you will get through it.
3) Ask your instructor questions. Often at the end of class clients seem too intimidated to come up to me and ask me questions. Sometimes classes are extremely packed, so even though instructors give hands on corrections to everyone often there are certain things that are missed in the class. Feel free to ask your teacher a question…Was I supposed to be feeling it here? Any advice for the tension in my back? Why is my standing leg feeling the burn more than my working leg? Where are your leggings from? When do you teach next? There is no stupid question and often when you ask a question it shows that you are interested and will most likely be more memorable to your teacher 🙂
4) Keep your movements small. In general, the barre technique is tiny isolated movements or squeezes done repeatedly. Once you find the small movement and squeeze you one will not get injured which is freaking ideal and two it will help you get through the class way easier.
5) You do not need any prior experience to take a barre class. There is this misconception that you must be a super star dancer, athlete, flexible, yogi to try barre and this is totally FALSE. What I love and find the most inspiring about barre is that you do not need any prior experience to try it. Many women (even my awesome dad) take barre and some of my clients have some pretty intense injuries and I have many clients that use it for physical therapy.
In the past 4 years I have seen some of the most incredible transformations. Women have gone down 4 pant sizes, women can do the splits, men can touch their toes and so many people have created a barre community and family within their studio. Barre is for everyone and I have seen so many men, women, teenagers all the way up to 70-year old’s take class and dominate. Giving yourself the hour to workout stretch lengthen and create strong muscles in your body its an inspiring and magical thing.
Try barre! If you’re in LA take my class. You can find my schedule on the Pop Physique website under Instructor Jean S. If you have ever taken barre before and have some questions or comments or things that have helped you in class let me know!!!
Go slay today xoxooxxo Jean