The hip joint and the many muscles of the hip are one of the most complex in the entire human body. Those muscles of the hip provide movement, strength, and stability to the hip joint, the bones of the hip, and thigh. Let's take a look at the muscular anatomy of the hip which includes flexors, extensors, adductors, abductors, and rotators. We're listing their functions, examples of barre exercises that work to strengthen the hip in a barre class and their benefits.
You've completed a Barre Intensity training over the weekend in person or online, but are you certified? Over the last year we've been asked quite often, will I be certified after this training? We're here to explain the difference between trained and certified and why we believe in the two.
The Barre Intensity technique is challenging. It's fast-paced, requires some coordination and leaves participants sweaty at the end. But what about those beginner clients? Not to worry, they can still enjoy an impactful Barre Intensity class while working at their appropriate level. Use these barre training tips to adjust your next class for the beginner group: those still working on their coordination and barre strength.
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.