Barre for Runners

Image via Pink Barre Facebook

Image via Pink Barre Facebook

Today I want to tell you all about my experience at Pink Barre a couple of weeks ago.  My friend Mallory is an instructor and has been trying to get me to try a class for quite some time.  I’ll admit that I’ve been putting it off because I was intimidated….it seemed like it was going to be such a hard workout.  I was right, it was! However, it was also a ton of fun.

I arrived at the Virginia Highland location of Pink Barre at 5:45 for a 6am class.  Mallory has a ton of energy in the mornings, so I was happy to be in a class of a fellow “morning person”.

Instead of going through the class step by step, I’m going to tell you the misconceptions I had about Barre and compare it to my experience.

Misconception #1: Barre is slow-paced.  I had this image in my mind that since Barre is inspired by some ballet, that we would be holding poses for a very long time.  However, that was definitely not the case! Mallory pumped music and we did a lot of pulsing and switching of exercises every few minutes.  It kept me on my toes and was much more fast-paced than I was expecting.

Misconception #2: Barre will only work my lower body.  WRONG. I was so wrong.  Not only could I feel my core being worked with every exercise, but we actually did some upper body and core specific exercises.  We used light hand weights as well as a resistance band.  I actually got a little nervous when Mallory started the class with push-ups.  I thought…”how am I going to get through 55 minutes if we are going to do push ups?!”.  Honestly though, it was great!  By the way, my abs were sore for 5 days after this class.

Misconception #3: Barre was going to be too hard for me to keep up.  Don’t get me wrong, it was hard! But Mallory gave options for modifications.  Also, we didn’t stay too long on each exercise and that gave my muscles a break.

Why Barre is great for runners and marathon training

Mallory & I after class

Overall, I REALLY enjoyed the class.  I’ll admit that I went into it thinking it was something I would try, but likely not go back to.  However, I had such a great experience that I think I’m going to add it into my routine.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • While we worked the whole body, there was a ton of focus on the glutes, quads, and hips.  This is an area that I really need to strengthen and it will be a great compliment to my running.
  • Tara, the owner, is a former physical therapist & a runner.  As such, a lot of the moves were very similar (if not the same) as some of the exercises I’ve been assigned by my PT.  However, it was set to fast paced music, which made it more fun!  I know that these moves will not only make my stronger, but help keep me injury-free.
  • There are a TON of class options, which will make it easy to fit into my schedule.

Have you ever tried a Barre class? If not, I highly encourage you to find one in your city and check it out!

If you’re in Atlanta….here is some exciting news: I’m going to be hosting a FREE class on Sunday, May 15th at 1:30pm.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP here.

See you at the Barre!

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Jess

6 Comments

  1. I just took a Bar Method class yesterday. I don’t take classes too often but it is a nice complement to running. Barre is sneaky – I have sore triceps today…from 2 lb weights!

    • I hope you can find something in CO! If not, I’ve heard there are some good DVDs, though I bet it’s not the same!

  2. Great post! Barre is such a great complement to running- so many of the moves are things that my PT wants me to do anyways, and I’m way more likely to do them (and do them CORRECTLY) in a guided class set to good music 🙂

    • I totally agree. Halfway through the class I thought “my PT would be so happy with me right now” ha-ha!

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