Stepping Up to the Barre

Hi guys! I’m Fernanda, the new JS Intern. I’m super excited to be a part of the team and to get to post about something I love doing in hopes that you will too. I’ve always been a huge fan of health and fitness. I was a cheerleader for 12 years and always enjoyed finding new ways of staying active. When I moved to Austin I enrolled in a teacher training course for yoga and I’m now a certified yoga instructor. Being at Juice Society has taught me things I never knew about when it came to wellness and fueling your body properly. I’m looking forward to expanding my knowledge more with my time here!

Barre3 is my favorite fitness studio here in Austin -- I recommend everyone should try out! They have 108 studios across the country and offer classes online if you don’t have a studio near you.

Barre3 is all about working smarter, not harder. It’s not about the number of times you work out a week or the number on your scale. It’s about how you work when you’re there; making sure to focus in on the different muscle groups you’re working and listening to your body. All the Barre3 instructors also provide great alternatives to give you and your body the most out of the workout, whatever your fitness level may be.

The class is broken up into five parts. At the beginning of class you’ll find yourself in the middle of the studio doing a series of different moves to warm up. This consists of things like planks, some pushups, and holding a runner's lunge for a several seconds. The warm up portion of class usually lasts about 10 minutes.

Next up is legs. If your legs aren’t shaking throughout this series, you’re not doing it right because trust me, the term “tiny presses” is real and it burns. Who knew such a tiny movement could make such a big difference? During this portion of class we use the ballet bar almost the whole time. The moves vary from inclined seated chair, power leg, and reversed lunge, all the way to things like sumo squat. This is the most difficult part of class for me, but luckily I have the awesome Barre3 instructors to keep me motivated!

The third portion of class is called “combo”-- this is a mix between arms and more legs! Each move starts off as just an upper body workout and then we slowly start adding on, activating more muscle groups and putting in more work. Combo is my favorite because I feel every part of my body working and it’s a constant flow of movements.

Now it’s time to channel your inner Beyonce! The second to last portion of class is all about working your glutes. Here you will find yourself in a series of bridge lifts, leg lifts using an elastic band (say it with me- the band is your friend, do not fight the band), and the iconic Barre3 ball will be incorporated to help you squeeze and tighten to get deep into your glute muscles. 

Next up: abs! We first work upper and mid abs then lower abs. Throughout this last part there will be normal crunches, bicycle crunches, toe touches, planks, and more! After we work on sculpting our abs we rewarded with a nice stretch and a moment of silence at the end of class to reflect and set an intention for the rest of the day.

All in all, Barre3 is an awesome workout and I always leave feeling recharged and ready to take on the day! Anyone looking for a good workout, a serious sweat session, some inspiration, and a good time -- head over to Barre3 and sign up for a class.

LifestyleDanielle Sobel