Barre3 is a very powerful workout consisting of light weights (2 to 5 pounds), isometric holds and plies and so much more! Every barre studio offers it’s own unique style sure to attract just the right audience. I really love the sense of community that boutique fitness studios tend to foster.
I recently had the pleasure of hosting The Rock Recovery Barre and Body Image Event (in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week) at Barre 3 Union Station in Washington DC.
I took my place at the barre, accompanied by a partially inflated ball (called a core ball) and a pair of three-pound weights. Within the first 5 minutes, I realized that my long sleeved activewear top, long yoga pants and full foot gripper socks were way too hot in the 72 degree heated room. I had already broken into a sweat that left me longing to run thru a water fountain and possibly jumping outside into the 47 degree chilly air. My back, shoulders and triceps were beginning to experience the burn of my muscles slowly getting stronger. In fact, Barre 3 exposed muscles that I didn’t realize I even had. The tiny movements helped me realize just how many muscles are actually in my body and reminded me that I need to work on those too.
Barre 3 offers a specific three-step formula of first holding the body in an isometric hold, then layering small range of motion, high-repetition movement, followed by full-range functional movement. This formula can help a traditional weight training routine because it helps clients to learn good alignment and balances the body by creating equal strength and flexibility. It also works some of the deeper, postural muscles required for heavy lifting. This is perfect for those who enjoy weight training and if you’re also a mom like me who still lifts kids and heavy bags of groceries.
Barre3 is defined as where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates. It is one of the most effective ways for women to build their athleticism—especially their glutes! I think it is a perfect complement as part of a fitness regime to develop your core strength, mobility and flexibility.
One of the best things about Barre3 DC-Union Station is that it offers childcare! Try it! You’ll be happy you did!
For more information visit www.barre3.com.