*Barre3 Body Burner*
*Socks I purchases for Bar Method*
*Locker area at Bar Method*
*How I must have looked during my first Bar Method class*
I had a little bit of a tough transition into Bar Method after taking Barre3 for so long. I wasn't used to having to be so focused on my form while also constantly staying tucked (tucking your butt under as to not arch your back). After a few classes, I got the hang of it and noticed the constant correction from the instructor became much fewer and farther between and the compliments started from across the room - "Nice form Kate!" or "Beautiful straight leg/back Kate!" It was so nice to get the hang of it, and I felt like a school kid who received a star on their chart.
*Looks like "Pretzel Day"*
My breakdown comparison of the two classes:
Bar Method Barre3
Focuses more on form Focuses more on stability
Focuses more on flexibility Focuses more on balance & holding key moves
Big focus on arm strength More of a focus on cardio
Floor is carpet, you wear socks Floor is cork/wood and you're barefoot
A lot more stretching Incorporates more yoga moves
Instructor instructs/corrects you Instructor works out w/ you while also correcting
I only need 2 lb. weights for arms I use 3 lb. weights for arms
More structured/stricter instruction More laid back/fun/music is more upbeat
Workout is pretty similar each class Studio always has a fresh citrusy scent
Free childcare is provided
A typical Bar Method class:
Class always starts with knee lifts to get heart rate going
Then you go into a plank that you hold for what I assume is a minute or more
Pick up weights and go into arm work
Put your weights back in the bins, and move to the bar
Stretching which incorporates ballet moves with your leg up on the bar
Thigh work - this is when you'll notice the "shake" - longest 10-15 minutes of your life
Leg raises seated underneath the bar, this incorporates a lot of stretching and flexibility
Another round of pushups
Move out on to your mat for ab work
The finale of every class is "back dancing" which looks/feels silly, but is incredible for toning your butt.
Final stretches utilizing a strap, and closing breaths in a seated position.
Instructor has us give ourselves a round of applause for working so hard through another class.
A typical Barre3 class:
Class always starts out in the standing position with opening breaths before moving into aerobic cardio moves to get your heart rate up.
Moving from the aerobic cardio moves into crescent lunges to open up into some strength and stability before moving to the bar.
1 minute plank either at the bar or on the floor.
Time for leg work - longest 10-15 minutes of your life.
Some stretching at the bar to stretch out the muscles you just "cooked" while embracing the shaking and quaking of leg work before moving back out to the floor for combo work.
Combo work incorporates weight training with your arms while also moving to the music to fit in some cardio and leg strengthening moves. This also utilizes stabilizing muscles and helps you to improve your balance as well as arm strength.
Seat work - because we all want a toned and lifted bum don't we?
Final stretches sometimes utilizing a strap.
Closing breaths in the standing position we began class in. On the final breath, hands come to heart center and we are ready to take on the rest of our day.
Both classes are incredible workouts and will provide you with similar results, and I have noticed that I get a lot more cardio and sweat more in Barre3 while I gained more strength and grace from the Bar Method.
Have you taken both classes, if so which do you prefer or do you love them both like I do?