Working out doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym and spending an hour on the treadmill or lifting weights anymore. Workouts can be fun, unconventional, and include a variety of movements and methods to ensure you achieve the desired results. When we can’t have fun and we can’t target the entire body, it means we have to force ourselves to work out and complete the same old routine. At Fit Central, we aim to shake things up and to make each visit to our Columbia location something you look forward to.

Barre fitness classes started booming within the last couple years and Fit Central is happy to offer this exciting class. Even though it just started showing up on the workout scene, barre fitness classes have been around for decades. In 1959, Lotte Berk opened up the Lotte Berk Method in London. When she was recovering from a back injury, she decided to incorporate her background in dance with rehabilitative therapy to create a form of working out that focused on core stability. Barre finally made it to the U.S. when a student of hers opened a studio in Manhattan in 1971.

What do you need to know before your barre fitness class?

  • Barre Fitness ClassGet Dressed: If your favorite workout outfit includes a baggy t-shirt, a loose pair of shorts, and a pair of running shoes, it’s time to rethink your gear. When you visit us for a barre workout, the first thing you’ll do is take your shoes off! Don’t get too relaxed though. We typically don’t wear anything on our feet; or, for cozy toes you can wear socks with a gripping material, like silicone pads, on the bottom. Wear form fitting leggings or yoga pants. This will allow us to see the movements you’re making to ensure proper alignment and mechanics.
  • Use a Variety of Equipment: Even though our barre fitness classes will spend a significant amount of time at the ballet bar, we also incorporate other equipment as well. We’ll use a resistance band, an exercise ball, and free weights. Free weights can start out small, either one or two pounds. It may not sound like much, but you’ll be surprised by how well they work.
  • Expect an Intense Workout: If you’re a barre beginner, expect to feel sore for a day or two after the first couple classes. Each movement will focus on a different muscle group in your body so don’t worry about having to take a couple mini breaks. It takes some time and practice to allow our bodies to get accustomed to these movements. Our experts will ensure we complete the necessary pre and post stretches.
  • Mix It Up: Barre does give your body a great workout, but be sure to fill your schedule with a variety of classes too. If you already have a cardio or strength training schedule, use barre to fill in any gaps and alternate your workouts to give certain muscles a chance to recover.

If you need something that will break up your workout routine, Barre fitness classes will be just the thing. Just because the workout uses ballet movements, doesn’t mean it’s not a fantastic way to whip your body into shape. Visit our Columbia gym today to experience a unique workout.