Class begins with a short standing warm-up, then planks and push-ups to warm the core, followed by a warm-up for your upper body using light hand weights. Then the journey to the ‘shake zone’ begins at the barre, working thighs and glutes to fatigue. Remember, shaking muscles are changing muscles! After a brief stretch to lengthen the muscles worked, mat work begins. Using a mat positioned against the wall and on the floor focuses on strengthening the back, lower and upper abs. The last seven minutes of class is the ‘holy grail’ of core work, ‘the curl’. This is the last opportunity to enter the ‘shake zone’ and build chiseled, flat abs.
The Simply Barre technique is a total body workout using a combination of ballet, yoga, Pilates and fitness conditioning designed to create chiseled abs, toned legs, cut arms and a high-lifted seat. A one hour class targets ‘core’ areas very, very deeply through mindful muscle movements without extraneous motion or physical distraction, and emphasizes muscular endurance by incorporating high repetition sets, isometric holds, pulses and stretching. Simple produces the marvelous!
Every type of body, fitness level and age can benefit from the low impact and hi-energy Simply Barre technique. Modification of the low impact, intensely focused exercises allow expectant and new mothers to stay healthy and fit without the hi-impact of more aggressive exercise routines. The foundation of the technique is to first focus on position, second on alignment and then on movement. This progression centers each position on core strength, avoiding strain on the joints, ligaments and tendons resulting in an effective workout for everyone.
The entire class is movement with a purpose. The Simply Barre technique avoids mindless repetition of movement. Following instructor cues timed to an upbeat music playlist keeps the mind present and delivers the best mental and physical results. You can simultaneously lose yourself and find yourself during a one hour class.