Why You Need Low-Impact Exercise

Low-impact exercises are easy on the joints and great for individuals who are new to working out or those recovering from injury. But they also provide a gentle workout on your lighter days and can aid in recovery for your harder, more intense days aiding in the performance of high-impact exercises. 

Two of the more infamous low-impact classes are pilates and barre.

What is Pilates?

A pilates workout is often performed on a mat or in a chair and includes many strength and flexibility exercises found in other forms of resistance training. Many workouts also incorporate special equipment, like spring-based resistance machines designed to support the spine and target specific muscle groups. This low-weight resistance training can help our bodies in important ways, strengthening the core muscles around the spine.

While there’s nothing mysterious about pilates, there are a few elements that make it unique. First, the method encourages participants to focus on breathing and cultivate a mind-body connection, paying particular attention to how all movement stems from the core. Exercises are repeated in sets that strategically work the muscles without exhausting them. Another major benefit is that pilates can be tailored to a spectrum of fitness goals, ages and abilities.

source: New York Times

What is Barre?

A barre class is a workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and pilates. Each class is designed to be a full-body, muscle endurance workout where the muscles in each group are fatigued by small targeted movements, high numbers of repetitions, and light weight or resistance. You may use just the barre and your body weight, rep after rep of muscle-burning movements; or you may use tools like resistance bands, sliders, ankle weights, free weights, exercise balls, and more.

Barre is for everyone, and you don’t have to be a dancer or super coordinated to do it. It is very beginner-friendly and adaptable to different skill sets and ability levels. But be patient, it may take a few classes before you hit your groove at the barre because the class tends to moves quickly, and can be challenging, since you’ll utilize muscles you never knew you had. But barre also develops agility and flexibility, making it an excellent compliment to you higher-intensity workouts.

source: Women’s Health

What is FLEX?

So what is special about our newest signature studio class, FLEX? And why do you need to incorporate it into your weekly fitness routine?

FLEX blends the best elements of both pilates and barre into one, powerful 45-minute class. This class utilizes props and barres to simulate and maximize core strength, while also defining glutes, legs, and arms. This class encompasses low-impact, isometric moves, and mind-centering breath work. This group experience aims to strengthen muscles while also improving postural alignment and flexibility. 

Because FLEX improves posture, develops your core and strengthens the muscles that support your joints to prepare them for more intense, higher-impact movements, it is the perfect compliment to our other signature studio classes, STRONG & RYDE. Together, in combination with your weekly 1:1 fitness coaching, FLEX will keep your body and mind operating at it’s full potential!

Check your club’s schedule for a list of available days & times.

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