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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last month we had the pleasure of conducting our barre instructor training & certification at CORE Studio in Daphne, Alabama. We were graciously welcomed and hosted by Lindsay Rainey, Founder of CORE Studio, and are beyond proud to have the Barre Intensity technique taught on CORE's class schedule. See what lead Lindsay down the path of becoming a fitness studio owner, why she chose the Barre Intensity technique and what she looks for when hiring fitness instructors.
The role of "barre instructor" is just one of the many titles Elyssa Sardy carries. To us at Barre Intensity, we have the pleasure of including the word "Master" to her name. If you've attended a Barre Intensity Barre Certification and had the pleasure of working with Elyssa, you know her passion and excitement for all things barre and fitness shines through. Spend some time getting to know Elyssa as she answers a few of our fitness questions, then join her for an upcoming barre instructor training.
Online education is a thing of the present, not the future, and it doesn't have to be inferior to an "in classroom" experience. If you can earn your bachelor's degree online, we're confident in your ability to receive your barre certification online. Here are 5 reasons to get your online barre certification.