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Barre Classes in Leighton Buzzard

Updated: Feb 1, 2019



Why do Barre fitness? What exactly is it? Should I be doing it?

If you want to build long lean muscle, enhance strength, flexibility, balance and tone those hard to reach muscles in your legs, arms and core then 'YES' Barre is definitely for you!

But the best part of it, no previous experience is necessary. No matter your age, weight, fitness level - you can hit the Barre and get results.

WHAT

BARRE SCULPT uses a combination of postures inspired by Ballet and Pilates - focusing on conditioning the body and working on muscles to develop the posture of a dancer. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. The class incorporates resistance bands, hand weights and Pilates balls to help bring the burn during those reps, as well as mat work for targeted core work.

WHY

- Barre is hard on muscles but gentle on the joints. The small, super-controlled movements that take place in barre classes reduce pressure on your joints, tendons, ligaments and spine. By doing barre regularly, you'll also notice a remarkable improvement in your core strength and posture. While a tight core will give you a taller appearance, it will also keep you safe from injuries. - NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED - If you're worried about not having any dance training or fear you won’t be able to keep up, rest assured as I will always guide you through the movements and offer feedback without singling you out. It's always best to come a few weeks in a row to get used to the exercises but remember, each person can be challenged at their own level... Always measure progress against yourself; not the person next to you! - Be worked from HEAD TO TOE. After each satisfyingly exhausting class, your entire body will truly feel WORKED. You’ll feel stretched, strengthened and invigorated. - Work muscles and get toned. Barre's tiny motions, many reps, intentional squeezes and pulses (otherwise known as isometric moves) are designed to fatigue muscles. Embrace the shaking! - Never boring, always fun. You’ll find that the time spent in class passes quickly due to the fast pace, variety of exercises, upbeat music and ever-changing choreography! - Weight Loss. Many of the workouts target the largest muscle groups in the body, like the thighs and glutes. The larger the muscle, the more calories burned! As you continue to attend class, you will build more lean muscle mass and raise your resting metabolic rate, which can help you to produce more energy and expend calories. Perhaps more important than actual weight loss, barre classes will help you drop a size by redistributing inches on your body – making you appear (and feel) longer and leaner. If you pair barre workouts with a healthy diet, you will achieve even better results. - Greater range of motion and endurance for all other activities and sports. Barre classes target the core muscle groups that are neglected in conventional strength training, in a variety of interesting ways. For example, skiers and snowboarders may notice enhanced knee alignment, improved balance and greater quad and hamstring recruitment. If you’re a golfer or tennis player, you just may experience greater hip openness and movement allowing for a better swing. Runners can attain increased endurance, faster PR times and reduced impact on joints. - Rapid results. Yes, you will be sore after the first few classes, but you’ll also see some major results in little time – so stick with it! Changes may include an improved posture, thinner thighs, chiseled arms, a sculpted back, flat abs and a lifted seat. Barre classes are incredibly effective at transforming so-called 'problem' areas, especially for women. WHEREMondays - The Recreation Rooms, Linslade 19:05 - 20:00Thursdays - The Recreation Rooms, Linslade 09:30-10:20am Ready to sculpt your body? Book your class now!

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