I don’t know about you, but I get bored doing the same old workouts day in and day out. That’s why I like to incorporate unique fitness classes into my routine every now and then to keep things interesting. One of my favorite workouts is my weekly barre class, a low-impact, high-intensity session that targets the abs, thighs, arms and butt and involves (you guessed it) a ballet barre.
Thinking about mixing up your workout routine and trying a barre class? Here are five things I wish someone had told me before my first barre class.
Wear Snug-Fitting Clothes
Wear wearing snug-fitting workout clothes that you can easily move around in. That way, you’ll be able to get into all those weird positions and you can get a better idea of your form (and when you need to correct it). Finally, don’t forget socks, which brings me to my next point…
Invest in a Pair of Grippy Socks
When I walked into a barre studio for the first time, I noticed the studio sold socks for with those rubber grippy things on the bottom. I thought to myself, “I don’t need those. I’ll be fine.” As a result, I spent my first few barre classes slipping and sliding all over the place. After a few classes, I wised up and invested in a couple pairs of grippy socks, and my life (or at least my barre experience) changed. Instead of focusing on slipping and sliding, I was better able to focus on holding a killer plank or hammering out another set of pushups.
Get a Spot by the Mirror
Most barre studios I’ve been to have mirrors on at least a few of the walls. Get to class early so you can nab a spot in front of a mirror. That way, you can keep an eye on your form and get a better idea of when you need to make adjustments so you don’t end up hurting yourself.
Introduce Yourself to the Instructor
Another reason to get to class early? To introduce yourself to your instructor. Let her know it’s your first barre class. She may offer you some helpful pointers, as well as adjust your form throughout class when necessary.
Prepare to be Sore
The lifts, tucks and squeezes you do during a barre class seem like tiny motions. But trust me, if you’re new to the barre, you’ll feel them in a big way the next day (or week). I consider myself to be in decent shape, but I found myself limping around a couple days after my first barre class.
Have you been to a barre class? What did you think? What tips would you offer to barre newbies?