One of the most common fitness class misconceptions that I encounter is the notion that you have to be at a certain level of fitness or have some sort of expert knowledge or experience to join the class. This is so false! Fitness classes are designed to help you get fit, or maintain your level of physical fitness. There is no requirement that you need to possess a certain amount of skill to join a class, or that you have to ‘be good enough’ to take the class.
Since opening in August 2015, I’ve been asked numerous times if I have a drop-in rate for classes. Some of the reasons people give for desiring drop-in rates are that they want to try the class to see if they like it first (understandable) or that they’re too busy to regularly attend classes, which let’s face it, most people are overbooked these days.
The FIT LAB is a fitness facility that has been termed 'Boutique Fitness'. Don't let the word boutique lead you to think the FIT LAB is all frilly and no sweat! Quite the opposite is true. Our culture is one of comadarie, empowered training in several venues and all of it...even barre is a challenge. Shaking quads will prove it. :) All instructors carry national certs and live to give our clients a challenging workout.
Recently, I have been asked by several barre trainers why I do not believe in training participants to be in a forced arch with knees driven over the feet while pulsing rapidly for a lengthy period of time. I believe this position overly compromises the functionality of the body, thus creating a lot of risk for our participants. In this blog, I want to discuss how not to compromise your feet and knees while in a fitness barre class.
Last week, I attended the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Los Angeles. 12000 attendees from 50 countries – a world-wide event indeed. I have to credit IDEA with making me the trainer I am today. Being exposed to the best in the industry, learning the latest trends and getting inspired be presenters and fellow trainers brings out the best in us. My focus in this year’s conference was a mix of Barre and corrective exercise.
Given my love for ballet, it was only one logical step for me to look at a Barre certification course. And just at I had decided to look into it further, an opportunity for the very thing presented itself in Raleigh J. The stars were lining up.