LOW IMPACT BARRE CONCEPT class
(Over 60s welcome!)
Low Impact Barre Concept class is perfect for active, independent older adults as well as younger people returning to exercise after a long break or recovering from an injury or illness. This workout is all about bringing your body into a better physical condition and greater balance, as well as improving your feeling of well being and happiness.
The class focuses on:
- flexibility training to improve your range of motion and enhance joint stability and mobility
- muscular fitness to increase your strength and prevent muscle loss
- motor skills, balance and stability training to help you enjoy all the activities of daily living
- back and core strengthening to improve your posture and prevent/reduce aches and pains in your joints and back
The class is suitable for complete beginners, both men and women. No ballet or dance experience needed!
Class groups are a mixture of backgrounds, body types and fitness levels. In class each student is nurtured and no one is left behind, the classes are skilfully designed to accommodate all levels from beginners to those who are more advanced.
Gently Get Your Body Back in Shape
Many of us sit still all day. We sit when we are working, watching TV, eating dinner and using our computer. We all know that being sedentary is one of the worst things we can do for our health. Unfortunately, sitting is all too common in our modern world of conveniences, indoor living and “screen time.”
Barre Concept is a great way for older adults to start exercising because it’s low-impact and combines elements of Ballet, Pilates and Yoga. You can start doing Barre Concept at almost any level of fitness and cardiovascular strength. Of course, you should be sure to check with your doctor first before embarking on a new fitness plan, especially if you have any existing health issues or haven’t worked out in a while.
Improve Your Posture and Confidence
Barre Concept helps strengthen and tone the muscles, starting from the body’s core. Many women over 60 have mentioned to me that they look and feel more confident as a result of doing the class. This makes sense as the class makes your back stronger, helping you stand up straighter.
This workout has positive effects on many aspects of how you carry yourself throughout the day. It’s not just about how you look to other people, but how it makes you feel on the inside too.
Build Stronger Bones
Older adults are often at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis as their bone density reduces with age. A programme of specially designed weight-bearing and resistance exercises in class will help with “bone building” to strengthen your bones as well as your muscles. And, you will do this without exposing your body to many of the risks that you might encounter by lifting weights at the gym.
Get Your Life in Balance
As we all know, exercise is absolutely essential for every aspect of our health – mind, body and spirit. Working out is not just about looking and feeling your best, although this is important. It’s also about having the energy and flexibility to stay active, play with your grandkids and take advantage of every opportunity that life throws your way.
When you commit to the class and start to see the results, you will know that you have taken control of your life and that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.