My main fitness passion is aerial silks and I love yoga, but lately I’ve been hearing a lot about barre so I decided to try it out. One of the best barre studios in my home town of Baltimore – Pop Physique Baltimore – is selling some of my clothing in their new shop and I took my first barre class there last week. (Locals, you can shop for clothing there even if you don't take a class, so check it out!) In this post, I'll share the ins and outs of barre class and some great resources you can use to learn more about barre and even try barre at home. As a thank you for checking out my blog, I'm also throwing in a special discount code!
Created by German dancer Lotte Berk in the 1970s, barre is a pretty recent phenom that is getting more and more popular. Inspired by ballet, yoga and pilates, barre is different from them all. Barre combines multiple reps of very small isometric motions with stretches to sculpt and tone. At Pop Physique Baltimore, we used a ballet bar, light weights and a rubber ball for a great workout. It was low impact, easy to learn, and a lot fun! Plus, barre makes you feel graceful -- When you're not struggling to keep up, of course.
As an entrepreneur, I work long hours and have to squeeze my exercise classes into my tight schedule. My barre class was at 11 and at I had a 12:30 lunch date at one of my favorite waterfront restaurants, The Boathouse. So -- my first challenge was what to wear. How could I transition from workout to dining at a nice restaurant with only 30 minutes to change, drive and arrive?
I decided on my own Juno leggings – perfect for a barre workout, but also stylish and dressy enough to wear to lunch. I paired them with one of my favorite strappy fitness tops by Zella and brought along my black Ella top to throw on after class for an outfit I could wear anywhere!
I felt upbeat and energized after barre class. The small movements in barre are surprisingly strenuous and work on muscles I don’t use in aerials so I was worried I’d be super sore after. I wasn’t! This makes it a good fitness choice for those of us who are always short on time or who need to fit their workout into their lunch break.
After class, I had 30 minutes to change and drive to Boathouse. Getting ready for my lunch date was an easy transition for me. I just slipped into Ella and was ready to go!
I arrived at my lunch date feeling energized and fit, and with time to spare. I ordered my favorite chopped salad with chicken. Definitely try it if you’re a local or visit Baltimore. It’s amazing!
If reading about my first barre class has piqued your interest and you want to learn more, check out my barre board on Pinterest where I’ve pinned some great articles about barre. It's important to work with an instructor on proper form, but if you’d like to try some moves at home using a chair for balance and stretching before signing up for a studio class, these free video barre classes will give you a good idea of what barre is all about:
I hope I've given you some insight into barre class...And how I managed to squeeze a class in despite my 12:30 lunch date! How do you make the fashion transition from working out to going out when you have no time to spare? Leave a comment with your transition tips.
P.S. Get 40% off the Juno leggings I wore in this post with code JUNO40 (expires August 31st)
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June 22 Update: We are now selling cotton/silk masks guided by this study as well as 2-layer high-thread-count cotton masks. Visit the Masks section of our shop.
A recent study testing the effectiveness of cloth masks made with a variety of fabrics found that adding 2 layers of natural silk, 2 layers of 90% poly/10% spandex chiffon or one layer of 65% cotton/35% poly flannel to a high thread count cotton mask resulted in protection that is only “slightly inferior to the N95 mask above 300 nm, but superior for particles smaller than 300 nm.”
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