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  • 4 Reasons to Add Barre Workouts to Your Fitness Routine


    If you are looking for a unique way to get fit, consider adding barre classes to your workout routine. Aficionados all over the country love the ways that barre workouts transform their bodies. With a focus on the core and small isometric exercises that tone the body until it is tight like a drum, barre classes have exploded in popularity over the last few years. If you are looking for something new to add to your fitness regimen, check out the following four reasons to add barre workouts to your fitness routine.

    1. Great for Your Core

    Fitness experts will tell you that that best thing you can do for your body is to strengthen your core. When your core is strong, it will improve your athletic performance and give you better workout results. Barre is one of the best possible core workouts. The focus on isometric exercises in barre workouts ensures that you get a total-body workout that forces your core stabilizer muscles to engage constantly. The effects of barre classes are cumulative for your core strength and endurance. When you make barre workouts part of your regimen, you will be able to hold core-centric poses like plank for minutes at a stretch.

    1. Improve Your Posture

    If you are like most people, your posture could use some serious improvement. Because many people spend a lot of time at their desks using computers, their posture is terrible. Even those who do not work desk jobs often have poor posture. Barre classes are the perfect workout for improving your posture. Many of the basic ballet movements that you perform during barre workouts require a straight spine to do them right. This focus on making your back straight during barre class will also make you more aware of how you are carrying your spine outside of class. With awareness of slumping, you will automatically adjust to hold yourself upright with good posture.

    1. Low Impact

    For anyone who has joint issues or simply wants to avoid them, barre workouts are perfect because they are low-impact. The gentle movements you perform during barre classes are very easy on the joints. The isometric nature of the movements makes them ideal for people looking for low-impact ways to get fit. As well as being good for your joints, the low-impact nature of barre classes means that your odds of being injured are low. The low-impact factor also makes barre workouts great for pregnant women.

    1. It’s a Blast

    One of the most important things you need to do if you want to stay in good shape is to look for fun ways to exercise. The fun you have is one of the primary attractions that barre workouts have to offer. The upbeat nature of barre instructors is legendary. When you combine that with the up-tempo music and the fun movements, you will have a smile on your face for much of your workout. Next time you are feeling a little down, a barre class will pick you up and get you super fit.

    Barre workouts are incredible. They will get you in shape like few other workouts. They are really fun, and having fun is half the battle when it comes to staying committed to your exercise routine. The core strengthening benefits of barre classes will also help you to perform better in the rest of your fitness pursuits. Greater core strength will also help you to get through all the mundane tasks of your life like vacuuming, doing laundry and walking the dog. Discover the fun for yourself by finding a local barre class today.

  • How Pure Barre Complements Your Favorite Outdoor Activity

    There are many reasons I am grateful for Pure Barre, but every spring, I’m especially thankful for the way that Pure Barre has conditioned me for all kinds of outdoor exercise and activity. Whether it’s hitting the trail for an invigorating run, trying to whip past my husband on a bike ride, or just taking a brisk morning walk with my dog, Pure Barre is an awesome complement to the outdoor pursuits I love. Here’s why …

    Pure Strength

    The exercises we do in Pure Barre build strength – no doubt about it. Strong muscles enable our bodies to work efficiently and safely in every physical challenge we take on outside the studio. All of our abdominal exercises really pay off, since that core strength will hold your framework in place and protect your back, no matter where your weekly workout routine takes you.

    Pure Endurance

    During every Pure Barre class, you work hard for 55 minutes! This kind of conditioning is key when it comes to building your endurance as you set out on a longer run or ride. Those hills will suddenly seem like no big thing.

    Pure Flexibility

    Many of us – myself included – are not great about remembering to stretch after working out. Because stretching is built into the Pure Barre program, we automatically benefit from that vital flexibility which makes us less prone to injury. As the oldie but goodie saying goes: “It’s better to bend, not break!”

    Pure Mind-Body

    Pure Barre classes offer two kinds of training – physical and mental. As you’re figuring out how to move your leg by firing your seat muscles, you are deepening your mind-body connection. You’ll find that this powerful and positive awareness grows with practice, and can be carried over to any other sport.

    Pure Confidence

    It all culminates with confidence. Experiencing the physical and mental strength you develop through Pure Barre classes allows you to feel confident in your body’s abilities. This self-assuredness will stay with you as you hit the trails or clip into your pedals, making any physical activity so much more enjoyable and fun.

    So maybe I still can’t pass my husband on a ride, but I know that Pure Barre keeps me close to his back tire – and for that, I am always grateful. See you in the great outdoors.

    www.purebarre.com/blog/2017

  • Join us in #Napa for a meet and greet with journalist Bianca Bosker!

    Event Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

    Featured Book: Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

    Napa - Amateur drinker and professional tech reporter Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she stumbled on an alternate universe of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, Bosker set out to discover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.” Counterintuitive, compulsively readable, and hilarious, Cork Dork illuminates how tasting better can help us live better—and will change the way you drink wine forever.

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