There are many common misconceptions when it comes to barre. Have you been letting any of these stop you from trying it out? Don't! 9 times out of 10, they're not even true.
MYTH 1: You have to have a dance background.
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be a ballerina to do Barre! Barre is an exercise form first and foremost, so you are not expected to come to class with the technical prowess of Margot Fonteyn.
At Aleenta, each move in a sequence is repeated 8-16 times, giving you the time to learn each step and focus on executing it properly. You'll often find the more you come to Barre, the better your coordination and strength gets, and accomplishing these ballet-style moves becomes easier and easier! Plus, our experienced Barre-Tenders always keep a close eye on you and will help you achieve each movement with accuracy throughout class.
We have clients from all walks of life, all with different experience levels in dance, and most having no prior experience at all. So, don't be fooled by the name: there are no tutus involved... Barre is for everyone!
MYTH 2: You have to be musical and rhythmic.
Not at all!
Aleenta's unique approach to music is designed to help you get the most out of your workout whilst still having fun. Each song is chosen to keep you motivated, rather than tether you to the beat, so you can focus on technique and executing movements safely. Beginners are able to take their time and work through the music, while those wanting an extra challenge can do exercises to the beat. We make all our own playlists featuring a lively mix of songs ranging from the 60s to the present, and update them every 4-6 weeks as routines change, so you will never get bored of these Barre bangers!
MYTH 3: Low impact exercise is not as effective for building muscle.
Despite what many people think, the gym is not the only place to build muscle; you can build and tone muscle with low impact exercise such as barre and pilates too! Our approach uses predominantly bodyweight or lightly weighted exercises to ease your body into strength training, making it accessible for everyone. For those looking to work with heavier weights, Aleenta offers classes with equipment up to 12 kilograms!
MYTH 4: Barre is for the young, fit, and able.
In today’s day and age, we know it can be discouraging when you enter a studio full of young, experienced people, looking glam with toned bodies and matching active-wear. At Aleenta, everyone is welcome and accommodated for, from fitness superwomen to brand newbies. We have clients of all ages attend our classes, and our instructors are well trained in assisting clients with injuries, chronic pain, pregnancy, post-partum complications, and more! Additionally, we have an on-site Physiotherapist and instructor available for more in-depth, personal consultations to best tailor your fitness journey to you. If you do have any personal health concerns, we do always encourage you to speak with your doctor prior to attending class.
MYTH 5: Barre is for women.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… barre is for EVERYONE! Although we have a largely female client-base, all genders are encouraged and welcome at Aleenta. And trust us when we say, our instructors know how to challenge anyone who is looking to be pushed to their limits!
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