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Barre Attack Class Tips

Barre workouts have become one of the most popular and addictive exercise classes overseas in America & Europe — and for good reason. Excelent for all levels, Barre classes will challenge you from beginning to end and help you achieve the body of a dancer without actually having to be one yourself. Here are some helpful tips to get you started with your barre classes at the Wellness Centre Wollongong.

Wear the correct clothing:

You don't need to dress like a ballerina or a high class model. It is a good idea  to wear workout bottoms that are below the knee. Being on the floor a lot, shorts are not the best option for the new positions & exercises you will be trying.

Water, mat & band:

Requirements for barre Classes also include an  exercise mat & water bottle. Resistance Bands are also required. These can be hired for $2 or purchases for $12. These bands need to be at least 2.2m long (not normal size)

Fueling yourself

Eating appropriatley is important, especially if you’re taking an early morning class. When you exert as much energy as you do during a Barre Attack class, you will need something substantial in your stomach. Aim for some protein snack with a little low GI carbohrate component at least an hour before class.

Show at least 10 minutes before your first class

You need to sign some paperwork before you take your class.

Get the goss

While you’re waiting for class to begin, ask other students about the class. It takes a while to get into the swing of  a new studio so having a chat before or after a session can help which instructor best suits your workout style.

Shaking is good

In a barre class, your goal is to start shaking almost immediately after starting an exercise. New students get nervous and wonder what's happening when their muscles start to tremble. This is actually the goal, and you might even hear your instructor say, "Nice shaking." When your body shakes, you are exhausting that muscle from the workout and forcing it to tone, so shake baby shake!

Take a bath

The difficulty of a Barre Attack classes can be deceptive. You burn while you’re taking it, but usually feel light and airy by the end. This does not mean that you won’t be sore the next day. To decrease this soreness, you need to either stretch at home, take a bath, or try both. Releasing your muscles will not only ease your body for the next day, it will help lengthen your flexibility as well.

Keep going

The day after a barre class is when you can feel really sore, so it’s easy to talk yourself out of going. This is surprisingly the most important day to go back. If you work out on the second day, you will push through your soreness and kick-start your fitness goals. Without taking another class soon after your first barre Attack class, it can take up to two weeks to get your strength up to par.

Stick with the classes .. change will come

Clients who take four to five classes a week can lose centimetres  and display more visibly toned physiques. Think about it: a ... a ballet barre-inspired workout mimics the exercises ballerinas do in rehearsal. It’s no wonder they look so good.