Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Bar Method | Top10MD

Has your standard elliptical or treadmill routine gotten old yet? We say yes! Bar classes are an exciting change of pace with a unique combination of ballet, yoga and core conditioning.

Benefits & Attributes of the Bar Method

  •      Low impact and very effective in muscle toning without bulk
  •      Promotes a long and lean body
  •      Weight loss
  •      Better posture

What To Anticipate During A Bar Method Workout

The typical bar workout can be broken down into three parts: roughly 10 minutes are given toward the upper body, 15 minutes for the thighs and 15 minutes of core exercises.

  • Muscle Toning: Isometric exercises are used to tone your arms, butt, thighs and abs.  This method promotes long and lean muscles.
  • Interval Training: The class alternates between deep stretching and high-intensity movements.
  • Calorie Burning: Due to the interval changes and being in constant motion, this intense 1-hour workout can burn up to 400 calories for a 125 lb woman.

Tips For Starting the Bar Method

A lot of bar-based classes can be purchased in the form of packages, so with that being the case, it may be good to try out a class or two before committing to a whole package to make sure you like it.  Also, it may be that you go to one class with a certain instructor that you don’t like as much but another one changes the whole experience for you. So try out more than one instructor!

Most candidates of the bar class experienced best results by taking the class anywhere from two to five times a week.  If this option is too expensive, they also offer bar method workouts on DVD so that you can do them as often as you want from your home! I hope this helped give you a broad overview of what the bar method workout is all about.  Now it’s time to start shedding those pounds!