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Get the Most Out of Barre: Pure Barre Tips from a Teacher!

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Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Have you tried barre exercises? These classes all combine elements of ballet, conditioning, pilates, and yoga, but each studio tends to have its own unique spin. I teach Pure Barre and I absolutely love it! What I find most rewarding about teaching Pure Barre is the same as for writing–connecting with people and sharing with them. It’s totally worth it helping people achieve their goals and leave the class looking fulfilled and happy. There are some things to remember to get the most out of each class that I’d love for all my students–new and experienced–to know. Here are some Pure Barre tips for the best lift, tone, and burn experience. 😉

1. Come to class with leggings and socks.

This feels like a no-brainer but it really does matter! Please come dressed to workout with leggings (at least capri length) and socks, comfortable sports bra and top.

2. Less weight, more resistance.

In Pure Barre, you use lighter weights and smaller, precise movements until you exhaust the muscles. 2 or 3 lb weights will feel plenty challenging after a while, especially if you are in the correct form. I always like to remind that you should feel resistance going both directions–meaning, if you are curling in the dumbbell with control, you should also feel resistance extending your arm out.

3. “Heavy tailbone”

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Heavy tailbone means engaging your navel to the spine as you roll your tailbone directly to the floor. Your back is straight and perpendicular to the floor. Often this is accompanied by the softening of the knees.

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Heavy tailbone on your toes; notice the tailbone is directly underneath the shoulders.

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Incorrect form: tailbone is sticking far out from the shoulders

4. “Tuck your hips under”

This means engaging and contracting your ab muscles as your roll your pelvis under.

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Tucking in your pelvis as your round the back and contract the abdominal muscles. Chin is tucked lightly under to avoid straining the neck.

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Incorrect form: pelvis is not tucked, which strains the back (and chin is lifted, straining the neck)

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Both hips are facing forward and tucked under, creating resistance where the top of the thigh meets the seat

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Right hip is not tucked under, opening up to the side and losing the resistance at the seat

5. “Hips facing forward”

Often your instructor will say, “hips facing forward,” and that means both hip points are facing directly front like headlights in a car.

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Both hips squared and facing front

Pure Barre Tips from Your Teacher: Getting the Most Out of Class

Incorrect form: right hip is opening up so that the knee is open to the side instead of pointing to the floor; hip is untucked

6. Smaller, and more controlled, the better. 

In Pure Barre the focus isn’t on creating large movements, but getting to the most challenging position and working just an inch or two from there. For example, rather than lifting your leg 6″, it will be keeping your leg at the highest level (while still in the correct form), and then lifting just an inch higher from there. The more precise your movements are, the more effective the toning is.

Do you have any questions about Pure Barre classes? Let me know! 

Also see: Happy Weight – On Losing Weight Without Trying

The Bar Method Challenge – Weeks 1-2 

What Your Yoga Teachers Wishes You Knew – Getting the Most out of Class

 

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Juhea Kim
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Juhea now lives in NYC with her Oreo cookie cat, Zeus. When she is not writing, she enjoys running in Central Park, yoga, and teaching Barre classes. Follow Juhea on Instagram @peacefuldumpling, Google+ and Pinterest.
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