20 Oct It is all in the timing
Under The Barre is the middle of the BarSculpt Barre class and similarly it can be the part of the class that is the hardest to perform have you ever wondered why?
Much of the Under The Barre removal from many studios and barre programs I believe must come from this section being misunderstood. As discussed we always start with a warm up and then fatigue the thighs and seat but why don't we save the hateful under the barre section for after abdominals? Why can it not come before? Why on earth do we do it at all?.
The why is it in the middle the answer to that is timing. We have spent the first 30 minutes of class warming and fatiguing the body in most often a standing position, which also has challenged your balance and kept your foundation (feet) holding you up. Now we are going to flip you. We will put the largest area (for a female at least) on the ground and allow you to stretch your arms, legs and middle. I liken this to downward facing dog in Yoga but in reverse. The Under the barre section is also comprised of full body exercises. These sections RoundBack, FlatBack and Plank insist that the body works together. In RoundBack the entire back of your body is stretching, and in FlatBack it is the back of the body that is lengthening and with plank we do our best to find length by working a balance of both.
The timing allows for your abdominals to not be so fatigued that your back goes unsupported ever AND that your thighs and seat are warmed enough so your flexibility is at its peak to get the full benefits of the back stretch needed. Think like a pizza maker for a second, if you will, RoundBack would be kneading the dough getting all the air out. FlatBack would be using a rolling pin to roll it evenly and, plank would then be placing the dough on the pizza stone.
Is anyone hungry now?