If you’ve trained with us before, you’ll know that our classes pack one hell of a punch. In the space of only 45minutes, you can expect to be moving dynamically and continuously from the first plié to the last stretch. With just the right amount of intensity, your mind and body will be fully focused on the task at hand (hello, mindfulness!).. therefore, it’s super important to pre-prepare your personal workout space with preferred equipment and necessary supplies.
We’ve collected our favourite tips for pre-class prep, so you can stay in the moment and get the most out of your workout:
There’s a reason ballet barres all tend to look the same.. height totally matters! When setting up a chair or sourcing another solid structure for your DIY barre, you want to try to find some thing that is in line with your elbow or between your hips and waist. This is to ensure that you’re not compromising your posture (particularly the upper body) when using the chair or bench as a support for different movement sequences.
Nearly all of our classes have the option of using small props to step your workout up a notch. For our upper body sections, we recommend hand weights between 0.5-2.0kg. That may not sound like much, but we can guarantee 0.5kg is going to feel mighty heavy after a few rounds of pulsing! Barre and HIIT is full of high repetition sequences, so you want to be working with a weight that is challenging and not hindering your form. No hand-weights at home? Soup cans or bottles of wine make great alternatives.
Exercise bands are also an option for anyone looking for a little extra burn. Your instructor will direct you during class as to when and how you can incorporate them, so listen in for those
advancements and like the hand-weights, make sure you’re not going so heavy that you fatigue straight away.
Please note: for anyone new to Barre or for those returning from injury, it’s best to go without weights or bands until you’re feeling more comfortable. You’ll still get a fantastic workout from moving through the sequences whilst staying safe and mindful.
It’s a no-brainer. You’ll need a towel and a big bottle of water close by! Make sure you’re getting plenty of fluids in after class as well as during. A post-workout smoothie is always a good option, we’re obsessed with the
It’s not essential, but having a mirror or a reflective surface near your workout space is great for checking your alignment and form throughout class. The more you practise and observe, the faster you’ll progress! Better yet, pop your cameras ‘on’ throughout class so our instructors can check your form and offer tips and corrections along the way.
Start as you mean to go on, Oonas.. set your home stage for success. See you in class!