In a search to find a donation yoga class, I stumbled upon a new barre fitness class in the Dallas area. I instantly recalled viewing my friend Tamara rave about barre fitness on her Facebook page. She’s been doing it for some time now and has recently started teaching a class at Pure Barre in Houston, TX. Go Tam!
After sifting through the Karmany website I decided to get Tamara’s opinion on how taking a barre class could benefit me as an athlete:
…It tones and strengthens from an athletic point of view. Its nothing like dance more of isometric movement that burns from the inside out. Lifting those saggy areas and toning problem areas for women us. It’s a full body workout that if done 3-4 times per week you will see a difference in your body. For me it has changed my body and how it looks and feels. I’m stronger as a dancer and more toned for sure…
So I went ahead and attended my first barre class at Karmany and it was fantastic! Well, I look sweaty in the photo below, but the workout was fantastic!
Barre fitness originated in London 50 years ago by German dancer Lotte Berk. It was later turned into a method and refined in the United States and whomp there it is, you have a fitness trend. Barre class usually start with stretching and a warmup on a yoga mat to get the heart rate up, then incorporates a combination of Pilates, yoga and ballet movements to sculpt and tone every muscle in the body. It’s basically a series of tiny isometric movements that cause the muscles to shake to the point of exhaustion…
There were only two attendees in our class, which gave me the opportunity to receive a lot of one-on-one training. Janine, the instructor, mentioned the class was only two weeks old and she anticipates it picking up. I really hope it does because I thoroughly enjoyed the way my body was challenged. Many of the lifts and stretches helped me address areas that I need to strengthen such as my gluteus medius and lower back.
So if you’re interested in attending a barre fitness class, join me at Karmany on Tuesdays from 4PM-5PM. It’s a donation based class. Please visit the site for suggested donation costs.
Love, Peace, and Sweat,
Monisha I. Randolph is a Senior Contributing Blogger for Sporty Afros. Founder of Runner’s Revelations, Monisha is a RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach specializing in running clinics and training programs for beginner runners. She’s also the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Follow her on Twitter @RunRevelations and join the Runner’s Revelations Fan Community on Facebook.
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