One woman one year ago with one person in a class; read below and get to know one of Barre Intensity's trained instructors, Kara Robinson and her journey to the barre and beyond.
All serious athletes come to realize at some point that cross training should be an integral part of their routine. There are many benefits that come with varying one’s workouts, from conditioning different muscle groups to improving injury prevention. That’s why they’re always on the lookout for the next best exercise that can improve their performance. HIIT, Pilates, and yoga are a few that have really exploded in popularity in recent years. Barre is now also starting to get recognized as an effective workout for fitness buffs. So, how do we persuade more athletes, to try out barre? Here are some key benefits that instructors should mention.
Stay on top of your barre teaching game by understanding the five categories of cueing. These are categories we review during a Barre Intensity instructor training and require our barre certified instructors to incorporate. As trained barre instructors, we’re responsible for leading safe, effective and fun classes and the words we say will help us get there.
It's that time of year when we all start to reflect, set goals and recharge for the new year ahead. But how do you avoid that burnout as we finish the year out? We are giving you five barre training tips to help you keep refreshed as you refocus your barre instructor training for the new year ahead.
Since we as barre instructors are also considered movement specialists, we want to let you in on some of those movements, how they work, why they burn and how to connect a little deeper with your barre training.
Today we explain concentric, eccentric and isometric muscle contractions, what they mean and where you can find them in your barre class exercises.
Now that you've completed our barre training workshop, you have a beautiful manual, a head full of great information and a look at what make us Barre Intensity, but how do you apply these great tools to your next class?
Through the help of our online video resource, Barre Now, we’re able to offer all Barre Intensity trainees FREE post barre training support covering: alignment, transitions, exercise refinement and even full classes. These video resources reinforce the information learned during the Barre Intensity barre certification weekend training and better prepare you to teach your first, or next, barre class.
In our Barre Intensity Instructor Training & Certification weekends, many of our barre trainees express: "I don't know how to organize my thoughts.", “I don’t know what to say for a transition.” and ask “What's the most important?”. We’d like to give you five barre training tips to help you strengthen those verbal transitions.
In no particular order here is what we like to teach in our Barre Intensity Instructor Training & Certification weekends.
Gone are the days of burning a CD, downloading music illegally and spending hours searching for that next best playlist for your class! Welcome to the world of Music Apps and with so many to choose from, which one is the best for your next class? Well read on to find out the in's and the all about's of music we like to use in our very own Barre Intensity classes!
Are you a barre student who takes classes on the regular? A group fitness instructor looking to add barre to your teaching repertoire? Already teaching barre and hoping for a fresh perspective? If you've answered YES to any of these questions, we're certain our Barre Intensity barre training program is for you. Read on to see what you can expect from our live or online barre certification options depending on your fitness experience.
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.
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.