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Published Wednesday Jul 17, 2019 by Studio Barre

Studio Barre Owners Bust These 4 Barre Myths

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Is this a workout, or ballet? Am I in good enough shape to take a class? What the heck is “tucking”? 

These are all questions that have raced through your mind when scrolling past a barre class in your area. Some of these unanswered questions may even stop you from booking, or trying a new workout. Let’s change that. 

With help from the coolest women owners of all four Studio Barre locations, here’s a breakdown of some of the most common myths and misconceptions, and what really goes on during a barre class. 
 

You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

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You have to be coordinated and flexible.
Carmel Valley | Melissa Chang

“The movements are small and our workouts are musically based and fun! Barre uses small, isometrical movements that fatigue and elongate the muscle through stretching. There are no big dance moves or a need to be flexible. There are plenty of modifications to fit everyone’s needs, from beginner to advanced. Have an injury? Just had a baby? Pregnant? We can help you get the most out of your workout while keeping you safe and making you strong!”
 

People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

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People hear the word barre and instantly think one of two things: drinks or dance.
Encinitas | Kimberly Gillis 

“While we love a good cocktail, at Studio Barre we are all about strength. Our motto is Strength Defined. You won’t find us leaping across the room. Instead, you will find our clients with weights in hands, pushing the limits on low impact, muscle-toning moves. We love the small movements; think, moving in inches with a continuous squeeze. In our classes, tools of the trade include weights, balls, bands, and coasters. We deliver the ultimate burn with a foray of positions and moves to slenderize every body into a dancers body with long, lean, defined muscles. And, our classes are for everyone–no dance background needed!”
 

Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

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Barre…so it’s ballet, right?
Bird Rock | Meghann Boyd 

“Wrong! While the foundation of a barre class is based in ballet culture–for example, there is a barre in the room, your feet may come to a first position, and a plie is thrown in every now and then–the majority of class has nothing to do with ballet. Studio Barre is a specialized workout that focuses on building core strength, improving posture, and developing long and lean muscles - like those of a dancer, but zero dance experience is necessary.  We use small isolated movements while incorporating cardio and stretching to lift and tone your entire body. So come tuck with us, and leave that tutu at the door.”
 

Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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Barre for bros, is slowly but surely becoming a thing.
Mission Hills | Alyssa Meeks 

“We’re happy to say this one is true! Barre is commonly misperceived as a dance-like workout that requires the client to be bendy, trim, and a woman. This couldn’t be further from the truth. What makes barre classes different is that there isn’t one “type” of client this workout prefers. Rather, barre exercises can be enjoyed and effective for every type. Barre is a workout targeting hidden muscle groups that are many times forgotten in more traditional forms of working out. We encourage every barre bro to come out and try a class! We know they’ll be shocked at the results, and what a few months of careful attention to details does!”
 

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A premier boutique fitness studio offering calorie-torching, personalized barre workouts for all fitness levels, Studio Barre's fun, effective, and sassy vibe helps keep your cray at bay, while stretching to lift and tone your entire body.
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Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.

To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.

1. Go at your own pace

Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you.  And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!  

3. Nourish your body

Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.

5. Bring the right equipment

Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.

So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.

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Bree Lewis
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Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!