Barre vs Bar?

If you are like most of us, you see the word barre written on a fitness poster or schedule and you assume that either there is a British way to spell bar or the studio in question has no clue how to use spellcheck. In reality barre is a new-ish fitness craze. Barre took off in popularity towards the end of 2014. Despite its popularity barre is still relatively unknown to many. If you are one of those curious people still trying to figure out exactly what barre is.... read on this post is for you!

Barre is a workout style that combines elements of ballet warm ups, Pilates and yoga into an efficient and effective workout. Traditionally students us their body weight as resistance while challenging their core stability and balance. Many take barre classes in hope of creating the streamlined body of a dancer while reinforcing strength and muscle tone. No two barre instructors teach the same which means there is a style for everyone. Many instructors use bands, hand weights, and balls to increase the "burn" in their classes.

Barre is only for women.... right?!?!

Wrong! Everyone benefits from taking barre classes, especially men who often have room to improve their flexibility and need to improve the overall strength of their small stabilizing muscles. If you don't believe us, check out what  GQ had to say about it.

 

Not quite sure that you are ready to take a class? We've got you covered with this easy to follow barre movement you can do at home. The following video is part of a larger flat back series that is common in most barre classes. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what barre class is, we hope you will join us all February long for this awesome class. Remember for each barre class you take, you will be entered to win 3 free classes at Truve!!

Fitness Valentine

Do you workout with your loved one? Does it have a positive or negative impact on your relationship? We have many couples at Truve who have been married for many years, those who have been dating for weeks and everything in between. We wanted to find out how incorporating exercise and movement into their lives has had an impact so we took our questions to our members and this is what we found out. 

Every Truve family member that we spoke to said that they experienced both positive and negative  affects on their relationships. 100% of couples said that they experienced bonding and increased attraction to one another. Some even went as far to say that their "arousal" both during and after workouts increased. Our friends over at Livestrong.com outline more about this here.  

Another aspect that was touched upon regularly as we talked to more members was the idea of a flirtatious competitiveness that formed. One Truve family member Mary said that training with her partner has pushed her to do more than she would on her own and she has found a fun flirtatious competitiveness has formed in the fitness aspect of their relationship. Conversely, Truve trainer Fernando said that he and his fiancee can get too competitive during their bodybuilding show preparation workouts and sometime need to ground themselves. However this intense competitiveness and the need to work back to center has actually helped them work on their communication. 

As far as we can see, whether you are lifting weights, hiking, dancing, or just moving with your significant other the positives far out way the negatives. Plus, if you find that you and your partner just don't love the same fitness activities, that doesn't mean you can't both compromise every once and a while join them for something they love to do. Afterall, you might just see an uptick in your love life post the workout. As out client Michelle said, "The more positive things you can do together and share, the better!"