Barre, Pilates, TRX – all often misunderstood names. What really goes on and why should I add it to my workout routine.
First and foremost, all of the core classes are based on the Pilates 5 Basic Principles. Which is a fancy way of saying that we focus on breath and proper alignment. If you aren’t connecting movement to the breath, if you aren’t in proper alignment, then things can go wrong…. Your body will perform the movements, you can certainly do the exercises, but you won’t be recruiting the correct muscles for optimal efficiency and ultimately, we end up with joint pain or muscle imbalances. I like to say that these are the types of exercises and classes that you can do for the rest of your life, whether you are working with an injury, new to exercise, or working out religiously you can be successful regardless of your age. We have had teens and octogenarians all in 1 class.
Let’s start with our Core Barre classes. You may conjure up visions of tall ballerinas standing at a ballet barre on their tippy toes. You may have been to some of the franchise studios where they have you pulsing and tucking and shaking for what may seem like an eternity. Not so much the case here. Our barre classes are essentially Pilates standing up, with strength moves and yoga stretches all fused into one. It is a full body workout that will challenge you from head to toe, but leave you feeling strong AND more flexible. How do we do all that? By combining strength training moves based on real science, by adding choreography to take your mind off the fact that your muscles are fatiguing, and by adding in much needed stretching throughout the class to reward you for all your hard work.
Pilates has been around for decades, and for good reason. It is a comprehensive method of accessing our deepest core muscles to not only build strength from the inside out, but to build our core stability that will help us in everyday life by protecting our spine and build awareness of proper, safe movement. Again, this is good for all bodies, young, old, male, female – there isn’t anyone that can’t benefit from adding a Pilates class to their workout routine.
TRX is suspension training. We use heavy nylon straps that suspend from an anchor on the wall. This allows your body to move 360 degrees and recruits all of your muscles to perform exercises with a special emphasis on recruiting your deep core muscles. The beauty of TRX is that the workout can be super challenging by adding instability to routine exercises, but the TRX can also provide assists to those who have trouble with squats, lunges, and even pilates moves. Because of this, exercises can be tailored to every individual regardless of whether you are looking to amp up your workout, or if you need modifications.
So while we all love our cardio, we love our strength work, we can’t forget our most basic, fundamental exercise needs, to learn to engage the deepest muscles, the muscles that stabilize you. Creating a stronger stabilizing system results in an overall stronger mobilizing system, decreasing risk and increasing the efficiency of your workouts. This will ultimately prepare you to work more efficiently in your workouts but it will also save the body from some bad habits that will allow us to workout for the rest of our lives.
I always say, our classes are a love/hate relationship. You may hate them while you are doing them, but you will LOVE how you feel when your done 😉