Barre in Mechanicsburg

Barre

ABOUT BARRE AT THE STUDIO BY ABSOLUTE PILATES

Barre

Barre is a low-impact, full body workout that uses elements from a traditional ballet barre and sets them to up-beat music to strengthen and lengthen your body. Our Barre classes use our own method called Absolute Barre. Absolute Barre classes use the most effective elements of Pilates, resistance training, ballet, yoga, and physical therapy. Each class is a full body workout designed carefully to build lean muscle, increase flexibility, help with weight loss, and improve posture. Classes are low-impact and can be modified for most injuries and all fitness levels. You do NOT need a dance background or any experience. We are OPEN to everyone.


 

Pilates Mat

Pilates Mat classes are based in The Pilates Method, with some contemporary additions including different props and twists on the Classical Pilates exercises.

 

The Pilates Method is an approach in mind and body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances core strength in addition to increasing flexibility, coordination and spatial awareness.

Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment and core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.

Suspend

Suspend classes use a combination of The Pilates Suspension Method, TRX, Barre, and Yoga moves in the Suspension Trainer, which allows you to use your own body weight for a great workout. 

 

The Pilates Suspension Method (PSM) combines traditional and contemporary mat Pilates and equipment-based Pilates exercises while performing them on the suspension trainer.  Each PSM exercise is rooted in Pilates while using the suspension trainers for an additional challenge.

 

TRX was born in the Navy Seals and has since been adopted by premier athletes across the globe. TRX is scientifically proven to improve total-body strength, stability, and cardiovascular health. Since day on, TRX has empowered people of all kinds to be their best selves, never limited by constraints of time, place, or physical ability.

 

Bounce

Bounce classes use a personal rebounder trampoline with smooth bouncing elastic cords for a low impact workout that breathes a new life into cardio. Let out your inner child a cardio workout like you’ve never experienced. This class includes warm-up, bounce, and sculpt section, which are sure to make you leave sweaty. 

 

Circuit

Any combination of Barre, Mat, Suspend, and Bounce with additional props that will give you a well-rounded, full-body workout as you rotate between exercises.

 

Yoga

 

Restore

This active stretching class is designed to open the body, release muscle tension, and improve flexibility. Achieve a full body stretch with an emphasis on the hips, back, and hamstrings. This class can use props including a stretching strap, a foam roller, and small balls to help with fascia release and flexibility. A perfect class to make your body feel great after working out or from everyday activities.   

You should wear pants, leggings or capris that you are comfortable in (no shorts) and a top that is not to loose. You will also want to wear sticky socks to prevent your feet from sliding (you’ll thank us later). You’ll want to remove your shoes and put on your socks before walking through the studio (you’ll be lying down on the floor during class, so this is just an effort to keep the floors as clean as possible).

We’ll have all the equipment you’ll need there at the studio, so just bring a bottle of water and be ready to move!

We do REQUIRE grip socks in the studio. If you wonder why this is due to the trampolines and TRX straps can not be cleaned between clients to level a mat can be disinfected. 

For 50-55 minutes, your personal life will melt away as you dive into this fun workout set to motivating music. Your teacher will cue the exercises and then circulate the room, correcting form to help you get the most out of your time.

Neither are we! We strive to make our studios a place where everyone will feel comfortable. Barre is a low-impact workout and can be done by women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. As long as you can hold on to the ballet barre, you can do Barre! No dance experience is required.

While the Barre technique is high intensity and higher in some classes, it is very low impact on your body, meaning you’ll get a great workout without putting excessive stress on your joints. If running or jumping has ever caused pain or stress to your joints, Barre may be just what you need. Barre is one of the fastest, most effective ways to change the shape of your body. Clients typically see the best results when they take 3-4 classes per week.

The health benefits of a Barre class are both physical and mental. You will experience a physical change to your body that you can see, and confidence you can feel. Not to mention the increased focus, memory and mind-body connection. It’s no surprise that fans are calling Barre Class “the best 55 minutes” of their day!

Check out our top five benefits of Barre below.

Strength

Barre is a unique way to strengthen and tone your muscles in a safe, low impact manner through the use of small focused movements. Our Barre Classes use body weight and light 2-5 pound weights for classes decreasing the impact on your joints and maximizing strength gain.

Definition

Lean muscle definition coupled with improved flexibility, posture and coordination help to create a strong yet graceful barre body. Toned arms, thighs, and a high tight seat are just a few of the areas clients see the biggest change from Barre.

Endurance

The tiny movements in Barre are deceptively challenging and through repetition, cause your muscles to shake from fatigue, and in turn, build strength and endurance. The combination of repetitive isotonic movements and isometric contractions in a Barre class increase endurance and build strength.

Barre is a workout that will have you shaking while in your isometric contractions! This means your muscles are reaching the point of fatigue, and that’s where you want to keep pushing to build strength and endurance

Balance

A Barre class contains exercises the will take your body through its full range of motion. Challenging you to relieve in positions and balance on one side at a time.

Flexibility

You don’t have to be flexible to start taking Barre classes, but the amount of stretching that we do in each class will guarantee that you will see increased flexibility the more you take. In each class, we target specific muscle groups working them to the point of fatigue and then follow each strengthening section of class with a lengthening stretch.

Terminology:

  • Isotonic – Maintaining a constant tension in the muscle as the muscle changes in length. They are either concentric (muscle shortens) or eccentric (muscle lengthens).
  • Eccentric – The lengthening of a muscle. The muscle elongates while under tension due to an opposing force which is great than the force generated by the muscle.
  • Concentric – A type of muscle contraction where the muscles shorten while generating force.
  • Isometric– Creating force without changing the length of the muscle. The muscles do not change length, and joints are not moved, just tightened.