The most difficult challenge I find about barre class, both for me and for the participants, is mastering the slow, subtle movement that is required in order to make the exercises effective. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the barre method, this is a technique based in traditional ballet, but is anything but tutus and twirls. It combines Pilates, yoga, and dance movements, though a class participant is not required to have a dance background. And with high repetitions and static holds, it leaves the muscles burning, which is one of the reasons I enjoy it most.
So much of our exercise routines tend to be based in working the larger muscles, which I highly encourage for a well-rounded routine, but there is something special—and challenging, and demanding, and triumphant—about making it through an exercise at the barre that causes such sweet pain (the good kind of muscular burn) with no more than a few inches of movement. And because of barre, my body has gotten leaner, stronger, and more toned. Mentally though, it takes me to a new type of mindfulness, and that right there is why I’m hooked.
This week, your challenge is to practice a form of subtlety, of intention. This can be accomplished in a number of ways, whether it’s changing one small thing about yourself, rather than going all out and ultimately disappointing yourself (you know who you are), or whether it’s taking a slightly different route to work, jut to enjoy the scenery. Subtle movements or changes can sometimes be the most transformative. What is your subtle movement going to be this week?
P.S. Raise the Barre classes currently meet five times per week at 50|50 Fitness|Nutrition. Come get your burn on with us!
Sundays at 8:30am w/Pat
Wednesdays at 6:30am and 6:30pm w/Katie
Thursdays at 9:00am w/Sarah
Fridays at 5:30pm