Cardio Barre

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One of my favorite barre classes is Cardio Barre. It originated in Southern California and has since made its way up to San Francisco in Hayes Valley. The reason why I love this class is because it moves at a pretty quick pace, with little rest time in between. The drawback to this is that it is harder for beginners to get the hang of the class. But the instructors demonstrate the exercises and come around to adjust you, so by the 2nd or 3rd class, you will definitely know what you’re doing.

The class has a great cardio section which really gets your heart rate up; something that is not always offered in other barre classes. You also spend a lot of time in relevate (on the balls of your feet as if you had on high heels), which strengthens your ankles and calves.

IMO, the hardest part of this class is a 3-4 minute section where you hold the barre, lift one leg up (so that your body is in a T position – see second image above), and do leg lifts in different angles — straight back, with an attitude (bent) leg, and to the side. It definitely takes mind over matter, as your calves, thighs, and glutes start burning.

I think the class helps with your overall posture. The instructors are constantly reminding you to keep your shoulders relaxed and back. I’ve noticed in general, people tend to round their shoulders because we are always on our phones and computers, causing us to look down all of the time.

The class also works your arms with weights, and has an inner thigh and killer glute section.

I definitely had a great experience and would recommend this class!

Cheers to a happy, healthy, life!

<3, Shannon

image source: Yelp

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