09 Oct Why do we warm up?
I'm hoping you were able to barre with me, at least once this week, using the two full length classes I shared with you. However doing the class does not always completely explain WHAT the class is and does, but it is a fabulous start!
BarSculpt is the oldest established barre class in Maine. I created, and trademarked it, after I opened my studio in 2006. Each class has 6 sections and is 55 minutes long. The first section is the warm-up (I'm sure that is not shocking) which uses light weight work and calisthenic exercises to prepare the muscles for the rest of class. The goal of the warm up is to increase core body temperature to improve heart function and prevent injuries through dynamic stretching.
Warming up the body is paramount. Moving around synovial fluid before adding external weight to the body protects your joints and allows for better muscle activation. One of the pros of doing a recorded class is you will never miss the warm up as you try to find a parking place 🙂
Warming up commonly uses three songs! Two upbeat and one stretch song, so a bit slower without wanting to lull you into inactivity! My favorite WarmUp songs at the moment would be:
Bad Liar - Selena Gomez
Reasons I Drink - Alanis Moriesette
Best Part of Me (feat. YEBBA) - Ed Sheeran