BENEFITS OF STUDiO Barre
The Beauty of Barre Exercise Classes in Ottawa
Are you looking for a reason to start your barre fitness journey today? Barre exercise classes are low-impact, rehabilitative, injury-free and can give you:
- A lifted seat
- Toned arms
- Defined hamstrings
- Improved posture
- A flat abdominal wall
- Reduced body fat
- Firm, lean, elongated muscles
- Increased strength
- Increased flexibility
- Increased energy
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved mind/muscle connection
The barre method is an excellent workout for men and women of all ages from different backgrounds. It really doesn’t matter who you are—as long as you want to make a healthy change in your life and have a blast doing it, we can help you get there.
Breaking Down a STUDiO Barre Class: A Health Professional’s Perspective
The barre method used at our Ottawa STUDiO is a unique method of cross conditioning that combines elements of ballet, Pilates, yoga, and strength training. Classes are low-impact, high-intensity, and rehabilitative. They utilize small, intricate movements while targeting specific muscle groups. This 60-minute class combines intense bouts of strength and conditioning with recovery stretching. Postural balance, improved flexibility, and core strength are just a few of the many benefits you can enjoy with the barre method.
From an anatomical perspective, barre classes help strengthen the main muscle groups involved with correct posture and core strength. As a practicing chiropractor, I have become aware that most people are weak in these areas, contributing to many common injuries.
The structure of a typical barre class includes the following:
- Warm up of the upper and lower body, including the core.
- Strength training focusing on postural alignment, core muscle recruitment, and light resistance. Targeted areas include shoulders, biceps, triceps, scapular stabilizers, pectorals, latissimus dorsi, back extensors and lower fibers of the trapezius.
- Barre, ball, and resistance band section incorporating postural alignment, core muscle recruitment, isometric movements, and balance. Muscular focus includes quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, hip flexors, and the many gluteal muscles (maximus, medius, minimus, TFL, piriformis, gemelli, obturator and quadratus femoris).
- Flexibility and mobility section targeting spinal rotation, flexion and extension, hip openers, hip flexors, hamstrings, calves, and quadriceps.
- Core strengthening section isolating abdominals (rectus abdominis, transversus abdominis, internal and external obliques), back extensors (erectors, quadratus lumborum, multifidi), and gluteal muscles.
In addition to the main muscle groups mentioned above, many smaller stabilizers are recruited during a barre class. A properly strengthened core and correct posture will help reduce the risk of injuries and fatigue as well as contribute to improved technique and mechanics in many sports and activities. Barre based fitness classes are an excellent addition to any exercise routine.
As a Chiropractor and former national and international level competitive swimmer, Dr. Rebecca Glennie has a keen understanding of the many demands we put on our bodies. Over her many years of practice, she has combined chiropractic care with ART and medical acupuncture. Dr. Glennie regularly incorporates barre classes into her exercise routine to help reduce the likelihood of injury and improve athletic performance.