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Barre. Anyone try it?

luvbug0915 posted 2/23/2018 12:23 PM

I don't know anyone IRL who takes classes so I figured someone here may be able to answer my questions.

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, osteoarthritis in my knees and feet as well as DDD all down my spine. You wouldn't know any of this from looking at me, I try not to let my pain stop me from doing things I enjoy but, I'm just not as active as I once was and would like to be again. I need a safe way to build strength and shed the weight I've gained this winter.

Would Barre be safe for me? Are there ways to modify moves for people with physical challenges?


I saw a great Groupon for a studio near me but I don't want to buy 10 classes if I won't be able to do it.

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2018 12:42 PM

When ai lived in CA, my daughter and I did barre classes together. Itís great for improving flexibility and I (noticeably out of shape when we started), saw and felt a huge difference after a few weeks of going 3-4 times per week.

There are a few places here in Atlanta that I saw, but I havenít found one close enough to my house to make it convenient enough to go consistently.

Try it! We loved it!

ETA:
The studio we used had modified movements and worked for all fitness levels. I have tendonitis in my ankles and at one point had an ortho boot on one foot. I was still able to get in decent workouts.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 12:44 PM, February 23rd (Friday)]

luvbug0915 posted 2/23/2018 13:27 PM

Well, I guess I do know someone IRL who has tried it!

Thanks for the input Gaby, I think I'll go buy that groupon now.

psychmom posted 2/23/2018 13:39 PM

Go for the shake, luvbug! Barre is a great workout for strength, although I've only taken 3 classes so am not a good person to tell you much about it. But why not try it out, right?!

luvbug0915 posted 2/23/2018 14:58 PM

You're right, psychmom.
I bought the Groupon and I'm trying a class tomorrow morning.

GabyBaby posted 2/23/2018 21:22 PM

Hi Luvbug!!
Let us know how you like it!

Skan posted 2/24/2018 18:01 PM

I loved my Barre classes, and just went to the first one that I've done in about 5 years on Thursday evening. Kicked My Ass! Totally! And this is after 2 months of Pilates. But I'm going to persevere as I really like what it did for my legs and ass back when I was doing it regularly.

If the Barre class doesn't work out for you, I would suggest that you do try Pilates next. The instructors that I have are able to do modifications on almost everything if you have a problem. And daym! One hell of a core workout!

luvbug0915 posted 2/26/2018 12:06 PM

I ended up in the 9am class yesterday and today I am feeling muscles I forgot existed. I imagine it will get just a bit worse before it gets better but I'm determined to use all 10 classes before they expire.
I like the format of the class and the instructor was able to give modifications for the couple things I just could not do at this fitness level.
I'm glad I bought the Groupon and I'm looking forward to my next class.

GabyBaby posted 2/26/2018 18:12 PM

Awesome!!!!!

undertherug posted 2/26/2018 19:16 PM

I love my barre classes! I am 70, have arthritis almost everywhere, and barre is helping me with conditioning and balance. Highly recommend.

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