Barre is a group fitness activity centered around the ballet barre. Many of its movements are derived from ballet. Nevertheless, not all Barre methods are the same.
At Studio Be, our Barre philosophy is rooted in the classical method of Pilates and blends both ballet and Pilates movement.
I love taking Pilates to the Barre because you get to incorporate Pilates principles and concepts—focused on posture and core connection—in a vertical (standing) setting at the ballet barre, excellent for balance and body weight training.
With the addition of music and choreography, and the use of small weights, bands and balls, Barre is another way to sculpt and tone your body, but in a less constricting way—and it’s fun!
Read on for three ways Barre complements the Pilates practice.
Barre Incorporates Cardio
Barre can provide the cardiovascular exercise that you don’t traditionally get in Pilates, which usually takes place on a piece of equipment or a mat. At the barre, there is more freedom of movement that happens when you’re standing up.
By adding Barre workouts—in addition to Pilates—to your fitness routine, you can mix it up and get in that missing cardio!
Barre Is Playful & Fun
I’ll admit, Pilates can sometimes be intimidating due to the nature of the equipment and the slight learning curve that comes along with it. (This is why I typically encourage a series of privates to learn the basics before you step into your first beginner class. Click here for specials on our new student private sessions!)
Barre is a combination of dance, yoga and ballet with the elements and principles of Pilates. It requires a little less knowledge and can be more playful, fun and approachable.
Barre is both a great segue into the world of Pilates and a great way to change things up and let loose if you’re already seasoned Pilates veteran.
Barre Creates A Social Environment
Barre is also more social than traditional Pilates. Pilates often requires you to focus—on your breathing, your movements, staying in sync, and so on. It’s as much of an exercise for your mind as it is your body.
Barre brings a different vibe. It’s a social work out you can do with your friends that still uses Pilates elements. When you mix up the two types of workouts weekly, you get a well-rounded fitness repertoire.
At Studio Be, our Pilates classes are based on the classical Pilates method founded by Joe Pilates many years ago—a complete workout for the body and mind. And our Barre classes are an amazing complement. A match made in heaven if I do say so myself.
We like to burn at the Barre. Our routines are very effective for sculpting and toning. Plus, they’re lots of fun!
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About The Author
Fitness has always been a guiding force for Kathy Lopez, owner of Studio Be. Her inherent drive for health has naturally translated into helping others achieve strength, balance and wellness. Kathy has been voted Ventura's best Pilates instructor nine years in a row. Learn more...