Can barre classes be a good cardio workout? The answer is yes they can. A growing number of studios and instructors are offering sessions designed to give you a workout that will strengthen your heart and lungs. Here's what you need to know.
What are cardio barre classes like? Some studios will make it obvious by putting the word cardio right in the class title or description. However, a barre class or any activity can be aerobic if it meets certain guidelines. You probably know that cardiovascular workouts elevate your heart rate to about 70 to 90 percent of your maximum for high intensity workouts, and about 50 to 70 percent for moderate intensity workouts. Therefore, slow-paced barre classes may not be aerobic, although they're valuable in other ways like building strength and refining alignment.
Cardio barre classes can follow many formats. You may do a separate warm up activity like spinning first or the aerobic exercises may be integrated into the sequence. Expect to flow quickly with little or no breaks. In addition to barre exercises, you may do plyometric movements like jumping lunges and squats.
How can I find a cardio barre class? Browse online or search the class descriptions at your favorite local studio. If you don't find anything in your area, ask studio managers and instructors about adding cardio sessions. They'll probably appreciate your suggestions, and you'll be helping other students too because aerobic exercise is important for keeping your heart healthy, managing your weight, and boosting your mood. For cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise or a combination of both.
Barre workouts are effective and efficient because they can give you a total body workout including strength training, cardio, flexibility, and balance. For the ultimate portable ballet barre for homes, schools, and studios, contact us at Boss Ballet Barres.