People often ask me what my workout routine is. The answer is that I primarily do barre! I also like to rotate my workouts and incorporate HIIT workouts, cycling and running.
For those of you who know me, you know that I own a women’s fitness studio called Buffalo Barre. I’ve been teaching barre for 6 years and I still feel as passionate about it being the most effective workout there is as I did the day I started it. It targets every muscle in your body and incorporates weights, cardio, stretching, endurance training, balance and postural training, coordination and a mind-body connection. It involves principles of physical therapy, Pilates, yoga and ballet. The upbeat music, the ladies in class, the choreography and challenging exercises make it hard to get tired of. I often get asked if it ever gets easier and the answer is no! Your technique just gets better and speaking personally it still feels like a challenge even 6 years later. On the flip side, it’s also a great workout for beginners as the exercises can easily be modified. Women are flocking to barre studios because it’s safe and effective. Barre targets all of those “problems areas” women love to complain about…the butt, arms, hips, waistline and more.
Benefits of the buffaloBARRE® Technique:
- Combines strength training and cardiovascular fitness.
- Low impact.
- Reduces stress.
- It will improve your posture.
- It will make you more flexible.
- No dance or fitness experience required.
- It works you from head to toe.
- Working the muscles to fatigue creates a burn that fosters its own “barre high.”
- It improves balance.
- The workouts can be modified for any fitness level.
- The workouts are appropriate for any age level.
- The workout routine can be changed regularly to prevent boredom and promote muscle confusion.
- The workouts burn between 350-550 calories per class by working the largest muscle groups in the body like the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals; an effective workout for people short on time.
- The burn improves EPOC, Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC, informally called afterburn) is a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body’s “oxygen deficit”. In historical context the term “oxygen debt” was popularized to explain or perhaps attempt to quantify anaerobic energy expenditure, particularly as regards lactic acid/lactate metabolism; in fact, the term “oxygen debt” is still widely used to this day. However, direct and indirect calorimeter experiments have definitively disproven any association of lactate metabolism as causal to an elevated oxygen uptake.[ Scott CB, Kemp RB (January 2005). “Direct and indirect calorimetry of lactate oxidation: implications for whole-body energy expenditure”. Journal of Sports Sciences 23 (1): 15–9.] The “after burn” effect keeps you burning calories all day long by raising the metabolic rate and building lean muscle.
- It targets the core throughout the entire workout which enhances performance in all other activities/sports, reduces low back pain, and decreases distal joint injuries and discomfort.
- Provides a sense of community.
Photo Credit: Susannah Gill
I think the biggest misconception about barre is that it’s a dance class for size 0, in-shape women dressed in trendy workout attire from head to toe. Another myth is that it’s easy and you don’t even sweat. False and false!
I love barre so much I’m going to share one of my favorite workouts with you. Click on this link for my free video, Barre Butt Work in Central Park. Try it! Your booty will thank you for it!
If you’re local, come and see me at Buffalo Barre! If you’re not, find a barre studio in your area! You won’t regret it.
For more workouts like the one above, we offer an online workout subscription at Buffalo Barre so if you’re out-of-town or too busy to get to a studio, you can work out at home with me and my online partner, Nora! Click here for more information and to subscribe: Buffalo Barre…Anytime, Anywhere.
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Maria McKendry, Physical Therapist, Buffalo Barre Owner, Blogger
“The only workout you’ll ever regret is the one you didn’t do.”
Headshot photo credit: Amy Lucinski