What a barre class can do for you. - Rachel Woodward, The Bar Method Lake Mary
When you think about happy hour, you’re probably thinking about enjoying cocktails with friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Happy hour is a time to enjoy good conversations and develop and deepen friendships. It’s a time to get away from the rigor of the day and be yourself. The feeling of camaraderie is at its peak. Wait… is it five o’clock yet?
What if there was another kind of bar where fitness, friendships, and fun are served instead of drinks? This is what a barre workout is all about.
Barre classes are created to be sustainable and safe. The signature method uses your own body weight, the ballet barre, and a few props to create a transformative workout that results in long, lean sculpted muscles. When you walk into a studio you will see men and women of all ages (that’s right, I said men), including mothers, grandmothers, husbands, and young adults. Barre classes are designed for all ability levels to enjoy a safe and effective workout. Through modifications and challenges, every student is able to feel empowered as they move toward their own individual goals. The high-intensity, low-impact exercises are effective at toning and elongating muscles, and they are studied by physical therapists in order to ensure safety. If you were to watch a barre class, it may appear easy, but those tiny movements are anything but.
When you first step into a studio, you will probably notice a few things. Barre studios are beautiful and exceptionally clean. You will more likely be greeted with the smell of vibrant essential oils, rather than sweat and rubber. You will see friends bringing friends to class and new friendships develop. Experienced clients help first-timers get their weights and chat about what to expect.
Barre studios are usually small and locally owned, and you may notice a lot of events. Massage and spa nights, holiday shopping events, wine Wednesdays, and many more. This is an important part of the community that allows clients to have fun and think about their choice of fitness studio as less of a one-hour workout, and more of a lifestyle and community. The next time you are thinking about trying a new workout or exercise routine, think about trying happy hour at the bar(re).
You’ll be glad you did.
Rachel Woodward is the owner of The Bar Method Lake Mary. Rachel is a certified instructor and has a master’s degree in counseling. Her passion for helping others is what drove her to open The Bar Method in 2018.
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