Sweaty Betty have Get Fit 4 Free campaigns throughout the year and it seems that the Barrecore hype has finally touched down on our shores. The best thing about these classes is that they are absolutely free, provided you can get yourself a place (apparently the Brighton class was full and had quite the waiting list. Then again, they can only accommodate seven people...).
"A fusion of ballet, yoga and Pilates, Barrecore workouts combine elements of high intensity interval training with low impact static stretches to hone and tone bodies. Each 60 minute class targets all major muscle groups and improves posture and alignment no matter what your fitness level."[From their website.]
Classes are held in-store, after closing time, so there were only six of us (plus one no-show) and the instructor. We started out with some warm-ups on the floor, like planks and push-ups and a lot of tiny arm-movements that hurt! We then moved on to the 'barre'. Well, the imaginary barre. As this is still a retail shop, some girls lined up against the counter, some against shelves and I and another girl used a plain ole' wall for support.
|Our in-store set-up|
And let me tell you, taking a few steps downstairs, after having changed back into my dead-hot compression socks, my legs felt like jelly. Good thing that I'd decided earlier that day to make the 3-mile journey there by bike. So somehow, I still had to make it back home.
Like a good Pilates class, you come out feeling that you worked hard, without the sweat-breaking exhaustion you get after a 6-mile run. My legs aren't sore today, luckily, which I blame on my strength training and generally pushing a bit more than just my body weight. And I'm definitely curious to see what next week holds in store (ha! no pun intended) for us.
Have you tried any barre classes yet?
Do you do any other classes, like yoga and/or Pilates to supplement your running?