Hi lovies – I hope everyone is having a lovely Monday! This morning was a sad one in Charlotte as our team lost in the Super Bowl last night, but we are continuing to support our team with high hopes for another trip to the Super Bowl next year.
As you all know, I have been attending classes at Carolina Barre & Core and I am loving it! With each class, I learn something new. I am working on my breathing and yep, I’m still working on the ab curl ((lower back on the floor and curling up with your elbows wide, tummy tucked and shoulders away from your ears)). I am learning how to make adjustments to better tone, strengthen, and lengthen my body. Who doesn’t want to do that for themselves?! It’s a great feeling!!
For those of you who are not very familiar with how a barre class at Carolina is broken down or maybe you haven’t yet experienced a barre class at all – no worries, I’m going to give you a quick break down:
- Stretch/Warm-Up ((includes push-ups, plank, & side plank work))
- Arms ((2-5 lb weights – biceps, triceps, shoulders, & back))
- Hamstring/Back Stretching on the bar
- Thigh work ((includes lightly hold on to the bar, squatting, pulsing, playground ball work, & stretching))
- Glute work ((can be done on the floor with a tight green band that you put around your lower thighs or using the bar – “stamping the ceiling” with your foot, leg lifts, and then stretches)) ← kicks your booty, literally.
- Ab/core work ((first: sit under the bar with your hands holding onto the bar, with bent knees, and a flat back to the wall. You do a few moves that involve raising your legs and feet off of the ground – this engages your core and you will definitely feel this great burn. Then, the curl. The curl is when your lower back is on the floor, shoulders are lifted and away from your ears, and your feet are planted on the ground with bent knees & you hold))
- Final stretches & mind/body relaxation ((aka one of my favorite parts of class))
I hope that this break down makes sense — if you haven’t had the opportunity to try a class at Carolina Barre & Core or somewhere similar with the same type of class, I strongly encourage it! You will feel so much better!
Have you had the opportunity to experience a great barre fitness class?! If so, leave your comments and/or questions below.
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