1. Strength and definition
When you work your thighs in a Barre Class, you target that muscle group from all angles. Three thigh exercises will work to fatigue the front, inner and outer thighs, strengthening the muscles from joint to joint. The same goes for your abs back glutes and arms. Use of your arms in Barre just holding in 2nd or port de bras is an excellent way to strengthen your shoulders as well as your back. You are also strengthening muscles that are often underused and underdeveloped.
Each Barre Class includes different types of movements but most are known for their use of isometric contractions. In an isometric contraction
you tighten or contract the muscle without changing its length.
These contractions utilize slow-twitch muscle fibres that can increase stamina and improve your endurance.
You don’t need to be flexible to practice Barre but the amount of stretching in each class can help you improve your overall range of motion and reduce your risk of injury.
Core muscles are engaged the entire class and they can be used for the primary focus of an exercise or for stability as you perform a movement and this will help with any back pain you may have from sitting at a computer or desk all day . You will notice as you strengthen your core you will stand taller and be able to hold yourself properly for day to day tasks.
5. Mind body connection
Barre classes challenge you to not only go through the motions of the workout but to focus your thoughts on each and every tiny muscle you are working.
Your teacher will give you step by step instructions on where to position your body while offering you hands on corrections to adjust your alignment.