Everyone wants to know how to get the most out of their workouts. There is a lot more to all around fitness than just working out, but there tend to be a few things that you can do to help feel that extra burn. If you regularly take barre classes at HIP Studio, you know we work you until you shake! Here is how you can go the extra mile, burn more calories and develop more lean muscle. Here are a few ideas on what you can do at the barre to help reach that burning point.
Tighten your abs as you go through each move. It might seem like such a simple thing, but if you are not tightening your abs while you are working out, then you are not likely to achieve the burn you want. Tightening your abs forces your body to work a little bit harder. Your muscles are working harder, and thus you are helping them to grow stronger. Throughout your entire workout, you should try to pull your abs in.
Work to increase your heart rate during your routine. Again, this might seem like a no-brainer, but some people think that if their heart rate is down and they aren’t breathing hard, they are still getting a good workout. Even if your workout seems simple, you should be working hard on flexing your muscles and doing the moves so that your heart rate is increasing. If your heart rate isn’t elevated during your workout, you’re not likely to feel the burn.
Increase your weights where possible. Barre classes are usually about building lean muscle, tone, and flexibility. The weights or medicine balls that you use will be very light, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t increase them a little bit. Increasing your weights will help your muscles to work harder, and you are more likely to find the burn by upping your weights once in a while.
Move out of your comfort zone to more advanced moves. If you are still doing beginner moves and you cannot feel the burn any longer, it might be time to move on to something more advanced. Your instructor will likely be able to show you how to modify your barre moves to a new level. This should sufficiently challenge you enough for a while to feel the burn all over your body.
Step up the pace. If you are working out at home, you might be able to adjust the pace of your exercises. You might be surprised at the burn you can achieve by simply changing the rate at which you complete certain parts of your routine.
Barre classes are great for building on your flexibility, lean muscle, and tone. If you are struggling to find that burn that you want during your routine, you might try some of the suggestions listed above. You should also be able to talk with your instructor about how to better get to that burning point during your workout. Above all, be safe with your adjustments to your routine so that you don’t end up hurting yourself. After all, barre is supposed to help you improve your body in a fun way.