3 Barre Class Mistakes Not To Make

Taking Barre Classes? Don't Make These Mistakes  

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Taking a Barre class or any other type of fitness class is a great idea if you want to keep your health in peak condition. People are crazy about Barre exercise classes because the classes are different, fun and produce results. Our HIP Studio members sweat and work every single muscle group in their body during the workouts, it seems more like entertainment than work. Many people start exercise classes and drop them because they either become bored or dislike their workout routine, but boredom will never be a problem when you sign up for Barre classes at HIP studio. Even though your instructors will let you know what to expect and guide you along the way, there are still mistakes that can be made. The following are 3 Barre Class mistakes that you should never make, if you want to get the most from your workout sessions.

1. Unrealistic Goals.

The biggest mistake that people make is in setting unrealistic goals for their progress. Not everyone’s body is the same, so there is no textbook answer for how things have to progress. While you may start seeing changes in your body, you are not going to achieve perfect results overnight. Consistency is key. Rome was not built in a day, and you will most likely not be able to get your body optimally fit in a day. Barre workouts are designed to work over time and if you put the effort and time in you will see the changes you want.

2. Moving too Fast.

The key to barre workouts is small and controlled movements. Beginners sometime have a hard time tapping into this and rush through each exercise. It's not about maxing out your reps in a barre class, it's about controlling your body and finding the 'squeeze' and burn in each movement. When you find the control, you are working deep into your muscles and automatically move at a slower pace. This pace gives you the awareness so you pay attention to the details and get the most out of your workout.

3. Not Eating Right.

Even if you are trying to lose weight and tone up by taking Barre classes, you still have to eat nutritious meals that are balanced and healthy. People are under the misconception that they will lose more weight with their exercise program if they don’t eat, and this simply isn’t the case. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make. While you may shed the pounds in the beginning, the weight will come back if you are not eating properly throughout the process. The body needs fuel to have enough energy. If your food intake is restricted, then your body will hold onto the fat and be so fatigued that you won’t be able to exercise or function normally.

Our trainers at HIP Studio are perfectionists when it comes to form. They are very good at correcting your position to make sure you get the most out of your workout. If you are concerned about not doing a barre move right, don’t be too embarrassed to ask your Barre instructor. They will be able to guide you in the right direction.

Try Something New! Barre Classes at HIP Studio

barre classesBarre exercise has people hyped up about getting fit, and for good reason. The workout is fun! So what makes it so special? It’s special because there is no other workout regimen like it. It promises the suppleness and grace of a dancer’s body, and incorporates many ballet techniques that give people the ultimate body workout that they are looking for. Barre classes are inspired by ballet workouts, but they offer so much more. The moves that are done give people the opportunity to sculpt their body in the right way, so that they can keep their bodies in optimal condition at all times. Barre infuses yoga and Pilates in with ballet exercises so that people can have a full body workout that will leave them craving for more. What Are Barre Exercises?

Barre workouts are performed with aids such as a wooden hand railing that you would typically see in a ballet studio. One of the reasons why people love this exercise so much is that they can do it at home with a simple chair, countertop, or anything stationary that will provide support. The main focus of Barre exercises are body alignment and postural strength to begin with, but other things will be added to the workout as you progress through the class. All major muscle groups will be targeted, so you will be able to see results within just a few sessions. Barre exercises are high energy and low impact, so they work very quickly on the body.

Top Benefits of Barre Workouts

  • The workout is extremely easy to learn.
  • Leaner and longer muscles can be achieved.
  • Flexibility will be improved.
  • Core strength will increase over time.
  • The risk of injury is very low when compared to other workouts.
  • You will be able to burn fat quickly, while toning your body.
  • Stress levels are reduced, and people have better self-confidence.
  • Your will learn to control your mind, body, and muscles.
  • Barre exercises are very therapeutic for many people who have various types of health conditions.
  • Minimal equipment will need to be purchased, so it is a really affordable workout program.
  • The exercises are fun and versatile, so you will never get bored.

Sign Up for a Class

Hip Studio is a great place to take classes and learn about Barre exercises. All our trainers are certified, so you will always be able to maximize the benefits of your workout with their advice and guidance. If you have never joined a fitness program before, then you will love what Hip Studio has to offer. Give it a try and get on the path to a healthy lifestyle! If you want to get involved with other types of exercise programs, we also offer yoga, Pilates, and other exciting and stimulating exercise programs. Hip Studio is located near Manhattan Beach, so you will be able to enjoy the glorious views after having a great workout. Give it a try by signing up today!


Do This in Your Barre Classes for Extra Burn

barre classes 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.

Barre Classes: 4 Myths, Busted!

1) Barre Classes Are Just For Dancers, FALSE! I’m sure you walked in to your first Barre class and thought, oh boy, look at all of these dancers. What am I doing here? Well guess what? They aren’t dancers, they just look like them! And you are about to! Yes, the Barre workout was developed by a German ballet dancer who combined her ballet Barre workout with rehab exercises after a back injury but that doesn’t mean that you have to be a dancer in order to look and feel like one!

2) Barre Classes Are Just for Women. NOPE, Meet Eric! 

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Everyone, meet Eric! Eric is a very healthy, handsome, successful man living in Hermosa Beach. Eric also happens to be a Barre student and was willing to answer a few questions for us.

HIP: Eric, why did you decide to take Barre classes?

Eric: I Decided to try the classes with my buddies because a few of our girlfriends who were going convinced us to go and were swearing by the workout. (Of course they also mentioned that a lot of the girls taking the class were quite attractive, and that did not hurt!)

HIP: Tell us about your experience . . .

Eric: My experience was really positive.  It is a great leg and core workout and I was always pretty spent after an hour session.  The ab-exercises were really great and I enjoyed the short meditation session at the end of the class to cool off and clear my head.  My legs and core felt really strong by the end the time I went to the classes and it was great for surfing and volleyball!  I think my shoulders got moderately stronger from the light-weight exercises they had us doing, but I didn't witness an increase in size.

HIP: How frequently do you take Barre?

Eric: The first month, I took the classes 2-3x/week.  After that I tapered off to 1-2X/week and maybe only a few times/month towards the end of the period when I was working out there.

HIP: Were you often the only male in Barre classes?

Eric: No, I was never the only male there.  The first month we had a solid group of 4-5 guys going, but that tapered as time went on.  There was always 2-3 other guys there when I went, regardless if they were people I knew or not.

HIP: Thanks Eric!

3) Barre Classes Don’t Make You Sweat, WRONG! Bring A Towel.

The main original fundamentals of Barre workouts are small deep muscular movements done repetitively working specific muscle groups to near failure. Extra special focus and control is paid to the legs, butt and abs. Stretching sequences are commonly included throughout this intense workout. If that doesn’t make you sweat, then we don’t know what will! Be sure to bring a towel to your next Barre Class.

4) Barre Is Not Cardio. NO, It’s Better!  

A cardio workout is one that uses a wide variety of muscles. It requires a pulse goal of 65 to 85% above each individual’s regular resting pulse. Take your pulse in the morning before arising from bed. Count it for 60 seconds. Normal Resting Pulse Rates range from 60 to 100 beats per min. However, they vary person to person and may be higher or lower depending on your overall health and workout habits.

During a 50 minute Barre Class at HIP Studio your heart rate will go up and down while working your muscles to ultimate failure. We like to call this “the shake” don’t be embarrassed when you get “the shake” this just means that you are doing everything right! Not only are you increasing your heart rate and burning fat in those problem areas, you will also experience what we like to call “the after burn” where you are burning calories well after your workout. Something traditional cardio like running doesn’t provide.

Glad we were able to clear that up. Are you ready to see for yourself? HIP Studio offers Barre Classes daily. Sign up today. Don’t forget your towel and you’re A-Game!

Did You Know, Barre Classes Can Increase Your Productivity?

Barre classes are the perfect combination of Pilates, yoga, and ballet to give your body the ultimate workout. Even though these three techniques seem relaxed and light, they are actually very intense. Barre classes will target specific muscle groups of the body, to burn fat and tone the body in all of the right places. Posturing is an important part of this latest exercise rave, and people have gained many health benefits from engaging in the exercise just a couple of times every week. Barre classes are designed to give you a total body workout, and the best part is that you don’t have to have any type of dance experience to participate. You will be able to gently work your joints as needed, while making a huge impact on your body. Impact Your Body in Multiple Ways

When you sign up for Barre classes at HIP Studio, you will be opening the door to a world of opportunity to be healthy and fit. The exercises that are used are designed to touch on muscle groups with movement, while challenging your body to always maintain proper placement throughout the workout. Weights, balls, and other things may be used in the program to give added benefits. From great abs to upper body sculpting and other benefits, you will notice a huge difference in your body after you begin taking these classes. People that engage in Barre exercises at least three times per week for an hour at each session report that that they have a better overall sense of well-being than what they had before starting the exercise program. Most sessions can be obtained either privately or in a group, so you will be able to get exactly what you need, even if you are shy and don’t want to exercise in front of others.

 Health Benefits of Barre Exercises

  • Improved Brain Function
  • Bodily Organs Function More Efficiently
  • Decreased Body Fat
  • Increased Muscle Density
  • You Will Have Higher Metabolism
  • Improved Flexibility
  • You Will Feel Much Stronger

Customized Barre Workout Plans for All People

The great thing about Barre exercises is that anyone can do them. Whether you are pregnant, elderly, disabled, or just someone that wants to improve their health, there are plenty of classes from beginner to advanced that will cater to your needs. Private workout sessions can be customized as well, so that you can get an exercise program that is specifically tailored to your individual needs. Our Barre classes will combine strength training with cardio, stretching, and other challenging exercises that will significantly improve your range of motion. Even though this ballet inspired exercise might seem easy at first glance, your muscles will be trembling and burning with fatigue by the time you are finished. Stretching is always done at the end of the session, so that the muscles will be leaner, longer, and less sore after your session is complete. Barre classes are a great way to go if you are looking for a fun exercise that will be challenging and rewarding.

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Barre Classes – For A Total Body Workout!

Barre Classes Transform Your Mind and Your Body Have you ever admired a dancer and wonder how they get that long, lean body shape?  Well, thanks to the new fad in the workout world, you do not have to go to a dance class to get a dancers body.  The latest fitness trends include barre classes, and the workouts are designed to give you that lean, long body.  These classes combine ballet elements, Pilates and yoga movements.  While most of the time in a class is spent at the ballet barre, you are using your own bodyweight for resistance, as it focuses on your balance and core.

HIP Studio offers a class called hip barre fusion.  It helps to reshape your lower body, create flat abs, tone upper body and improve posture.  This dynamic total body workout is unlike any barre classes you've taken. This energizing blend of ballet, barre, mat Pilates, yoga and cardio dance is guaranteed to make you sweat, shake and smile.  This workout is so popular, mostly due to the results that you can see with consistency and a proper diet.  Your muscles will become elongated, reshaping your body, thus becoming physically stronger.

If you are new to barre classes, most classes follow a similar format.  They are held in a large room with mirrored walls and barres attached to the wall, along the perimeter of the room.  Classes are 60 minutes long, and they include a short warm up, followed by a short time of upper-body work then the majority of the class will focus on barre exercises that work the lower body.  A few abdominal exercises will follow, and then the class ends with a cool down period and stretches.  These classes are designed to help you change the way you look, and feel.  Attending a barre class, you will notice an increase in your energy level and your stamina improved.

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A few things to remember before your very first class.  Come early to introduce yourself to your instructor, and ask to be familiarized with the equipment you will be using.  Wear leggings and a fitted top, and shoes are never allowed!  The best socks to wear are specialized socks with grips on the bottom.  The most important thing to bring is a water bottle.  Drink water before, during and after the class.

The exercises are based on dance moves that require balance, which works your core.  As you are holding the position for an extended amount of time, you are elongating your muscle and improving its endurance.  When there is consistency in attending classes you will see improvement in how long you are able to hold positions, and you will notice an increase in your strength and flexibility.  The exercises are very easy to pick up – do not be intimidated and most of all, have fun!