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.
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.
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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.
Wide V Knee Bend, or 2nd position Grand Pile, is a barre class staple regardless of the format. For many students and instructors alike, the expectation of perfect ballerina form can come at an unpleasant cost. While we may want our legs wide, knees bent deep, and feet turned out, our knees and our hips might need something different.
Barre workouts are known for using light hand weights, typically 2 lbs., to fatigue the upper body. Getting to the point of "burn" for the shoulders and triceps is fairly simple, but the biceps, that's a whole different story. Effectively working the biceps in the parameters of a barre workout requires knowledge and strategy. Take it to a whole new level by putting together these pieces.
"Bridge" is a common position of the body executed in a barre fitness class to work the glute and hamstring muscles. Throughout our instructor training weekends we've received a handful of questions from trainees regarding optimal body alignment. We dug a bit deeper in to the top three questions and share our thoughts with you here.
How many of us barre instructors have cued our clients to use their low abs? If you are raising your hand high saying “yes, me, all the time” it’s time to take that cue a bit deeper…
A quick glance at our abdomen shows us that our muscles run deepest to most superficial, not low to high. So if there is really no such thing as our low abs, what are we trying to say? Read this quick barre training guide as we tackle the two main culprits of the "low abs" cue: Leg Lowers and Reverse Crunches.