I’m always looking for new exercises to keep things interesting. Here’s a guest post by Abby Evans about the Bar Method. By the way, she’s not affiliated with this company in anyway, she just started these classes while recovering from an injury and fell in love with them!
In a time where you can choose from three to five different gyms, a yoga studio and let’s not forget Zumba, it can be hard to choose your fitness preference. As a half marathon runner, I prefer to hit the pavement as much as possible, but when I got a stress fracture this past winter, I had to re-evaluate my fitness regime.
Enter the Bar Method. I found my local studio thanks to LivingSocial. I was looking for a low impact option to get myself back in a workout routine. Being in a boot for two months, I wasn’t strong enough for running.
What is the Bar Method?
According to their corporate website, the Bar Method, “integrates the fat burning format of interval training, the muscle shaping technique of isometrics, the elongating principles of dance conditioning, and the science of physical therapy to create a revolutionary new workout that quickly and safely reshapes your entire body.”
What to Expect
The class is one-hour and is a total body workout. You start each class with a quick warm-up and then hit the free-weights. Once your arms are nice and warm from your free-weight workout, you add to the burn with some push-ups.
Then the fun really begins. While at the bar you will get an intense leg and seat work-out. Then you finish the hour working your abs.
Why Might You Like it?
There are numerous reasons why you might like these classes. What initially drew me to these classes was the low impact of the exercises. If you have any type of injuries, this could be a great way to stay fit and not escalate your injury.
Of course, make sure to discuss anything with your doctor before making the leap. If you have a knee brace, feel free to wear it to class, and discuss modifications with your instructor.
Just like yoga or Pilates there are different modifications to each exercise. This allows you to work up to challenging options, but in a safe environment. Unlike yoga, the Bar Method doesn’t focus on the spiritual aspect of exercise.
The Bar Method also differs from Pilates because it, “uses the body’s own weight to isolate, strengthen, and sculpt all major muscle groups. Pilates exercises are largely performed in a sitting or prone position while the Bar Method’s exercises take place both at the ballet bar and on mats.”
About the Author
Abby Evans is an avid blogger and loves writing about fitness. In her spare time she is training for half marathons and finding the perfect knee brace for running.
Have you gone to a Bar Method class? Let us know your experience in the comments below.