I have been attending barre classes for about 3 months now. I am loving having something different in my routine, switching things up a bit, and the challenge barre provides my body. I always knew barre benefits runners, but it wasn’t until I really dove in that I started to see why that was true. It is a killer workout! – I mean my legs wobble and shake like crazy and I can tell I am building my body in a new and different way.
Attending barre benefits runners for many reasons:
1. Low Impact –
There is no denying that running is a high impact sport. Throughout the week it is nice to incorporate workouts that are low impact in order to give your body a break from the intensity of running. Barre is a great way to do this as it provides a fabulous workout while remaining low impact.
2. Focus on Lower Body Strength –
Barre builds lower body strength and also muscular endurance by using extremely focused movements. These movements are then preformed for high repetitions. As you become stronger and stronger you are able to challenge yourself more by sinking lower into your position, raising your heels higher off the floor, etc. With all these adaptations your body continues to work hard and gain strength.
3. Core Stability –
Core stability is essential for runners as a strong core contributes to your running posture. You’ll notice that even though you are focusing on lower body moves, in many barre classes, that your core is always engaged and working hard. Some barre studios even incorporate core moves into their classes.
4. Reduces Injury Risk –
Regularly attending barre classes can actually help reduce a runner’s risk of injury. In barre you help to train stabilizing muscles that are essential when running. Many times runners become injured because a weakness in a certain muscle triggers unwanted side effects. However, strengthening these muscles at barre leads to injury prevention.Most barre studios suggest going 3 – 4 times a week to see the full effects of their program. However, for runners who are doing training runs 3 or 4 times a week that may not be possible. If you are doing strenuous outside activity, like running, my barre studio suggested finding a way to squeeze in two barre workouts a week. This would be a great way to incorporate two strength days while also bringing in low impact days.
Let me know –
Do you attend barre classes?
What do you do to add strength work to your routine?