An abdominal crunch seems easy enough. You lift and you lower, engage your core and keep space between your chin and your chest. What more can there be right??? There's more, a lot more in fact and we're sharing our five cues from head to toe (really just to the low back) to deepen the crunch. The next time you're teaching your barre class, give a few if not all of these a try. If you're not yet teaching barre but would like to, check out our online barre instructor training and certification program.
If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook (@barreintensity) you've seen our countless clips of barre choreography and references to "more on Barre Now". What exactly is Barre Now? In short, Barre Now is a barre online video resource site for barre instructors in training and those already actively teaching barre. Our members have found the content invaluable, which is why we're breaking it down for you here.
Regardless of your fitness experience, completing your barre certification and teaching a barre class can feel like a daunting task. Choreography, alignment, beat matching, modifications, and motivation - so much to remember and cover in an hour. But if we can offer one piece of choreography advice in our years of experience helping others through their barre training, it's that less truly is more.
This past fall, Barre Intensity and Virginia Commonwealth University Rec Sports, VCU, had the opportunity to work together training VCU fitness instructors in the Barre Intensity technique. We took advantage of modern technology and conducted the training remotely through the Barre Intensity Online Instructor Training Program.
A big thank you to Sydney Dale, Fitness Graduate Assistant for Virginia Commonwealth, who not only introduced Barre Intensity to the university, but also answered our six questions on the VCU training experience.
The squat. One of the most standard fitness exercises. When executed properly it effectively works muscles all throughout the front and back of the lower body. As fitness instructors, we cannot take for granted that everyone in our classes knows how to squat. I was at the gym this morning, not teaching, just working out. I noticed a man "squatting" while being lead by a personal trainer in a small group fitness setting. The man was doing EXACTLY what I tell all of my trainees in a Barre Intensity Barre Certification not to do; he was moving from the knees without recruitment of the hips.
We love fitness education, in particular topics that pertain to barre, and sharing our knowledge with instructors all across the world. It's truly the continued education pieces that make our barre training and certification program so valuable. One of our most recent educational pieces focuses on the core. We mean the ENTIRE CORE- your inner core, back, glutes, scapular musculature, and the brain-body connection. Now if you've been in the fitness industry for years you're probably thinking "I already know how to connect my clients to their core" but do you really? Here we break down the five segments of our Core Connections Online Workshop and share a few sneak peak clips of the content.
BONUS: use promo code CORE to receive $25 off the workshop!
Ah transitions. The skill that most class participants don't realize you have but is necessary in order for them to consider you to be one of the best. The two biggest challenges our Barre Intensity instructor trainees share with us in regards to teaching are simply speaking the words, which we address in our 5 Tips for Effective Cuing post, and transitioning from one move to the next. Begin incorporating our three transition tactics immediately and see what kind of impacts it makes on your class.
We might be biased, but the Barre Intensity Online Instructor Training program is one of the best online certifications in the industry. While we wish our word was enough, sometimes you just have to hear it from trainees around the country, and Canada, to help formulate your decision. See what our trainees have to say about the Barre Intensity Online Certification.
Passion, dedication and good old fashion Southern charm is what draws people to Barre Intensity Master Trainer, Maria Scafide. A true natural in all she does, this Mississippi resident manages Barre Intensity of the South. Get to know a little more about your Barre Master Trainer.
I was once told if you've been doing the same thing for more than six months without feeling uncomfortable at least once, it's time to bring on a new challenge. I speak with new barre instructors all the time about their teaching jitters. They often ask "when does this feeling go away"? That nervous sensation lessons overtime, you won't always feel a knot in the pit of your stomach, but it should never go away forever. Once in a while, stepping outside of your comfort zone is a good thing, and even after 10 years of teaching, I still get the barre instructor jitters.
April 2017 Barre Intensity had the pleasure of conducting our first barre instructor training in the state of Iowa; hosted by the campus recreation team at Iowa State University. We could not be more proud of what the team has accomplished with the build out of their new barre studio, continued instructor development and barre classes filled to capacity.
Hear from Ashley Artist, Group Fitness Coordinator at Iowa State University, on what their barre experience has been like.
Jinger Parson is truly a master. Her ability to captivate an audience with her energy, knowledge and passion for fitness is one of a kind. While in her presence, all feel welcomed and although meeting for the first time, it's as if you've known her for years. We're proud to have this Scottsdale, Arizona resident a part of our team and share a bit more on what makes Jinger tick.
When you walk into a room with Betsy Strope, you immediately feel her excitement, passion and strength. This Lincoln Nebraska native travels the country educating current and future fitness instructors on the Barre Intensity technique and we're proud to have her a part of the team. Get to know your barre Master Trainer, then host a training of your own with Betsy leading the way.
During each class, barre instructors are tasked with remembering choreography, sticking to the beat of the music, seamlessly flowing from one move to the next, cuing the body for safety and effectiveness and doing all of this while making the class FUN. There are many ways to make a fitness class enjoyable, but today we're focusing on the teaching voice. The words we say and how we say them have an impact on the class we teach. Here are 3 ways to make your barre class more exciting by ramping up your teaching voice.
With each Barre Intensity Instructor Training we conduct, we meet trainees from all across the country, even the world. Some trainees are instructors searching for a new fitness technique to teach, a few are students looking to better their practice and others are studio owners with the desire to bring barre fitness to their community. Sandi Anderson, Founder of The Yoga Barre, is a mix of all three: student, instructor and owner. We couldn't be more proud of her accomplishments and that's why we wanted to hear more about her journey in this edition of Barre Studio Spotlight.
Barre fitness classes have become a staple on many collegiate campus recreation schedules across the country. Since instructor turnover is inevitable with graduation of student instructors, it's important to have a barre certification program that is reliable and effective. Who better to explain the benefits of the Barre Intensity barre certification program than one of our most valued partners at the University of Nebraska. Hear from Sarah Lewis, Group Fitness Coordinator, on why she recommends Barre Intensity.
Understanding anatomy, how the body moves and why, is a crucial part of teaching any form of movement. When it comes to physical form, we draw clear and powerful instruction from our understanding of the body and its function. The Barre Intensity Online Anatomy Workshop was created with the fitness instructor in mind. Read on for a glimpse in what we cover during this 10 hour online workshop.
Creating your own class choreography has it positives and negatives. The plus is you have the ability to be YOU and tailor class to your clients. The negative for some is wondering where to begin. Each barre instructor has their own formula for crafting their barre class and it often adjusts with experience - no, it won't always take you 2 hours to prep. Here's our Barre Intensity barre instructor training blueprint for putting together your class choreography.
Let's get right to it, opening a barre studio is hard work. Finding the right location, managing the build out, defining your brand, building a website and securing your team are just a few of the milestones before you open a barre studio. "If you build it they will come" is only true if you also market your product and have top notch barre instructors on the schedule. Since we're in the barre certification business, we know a thing or two on how to get your team ready for opening day.