VIDA Barre Student Profile – Lauren Dyer
How long have you been taking Barre?
The first class I took was back in March, which is when I joined VIDA.
What do you like specifically about Barre?
I love it because it’s really supplemental to my overall weekly training routine. It’s not yoga or Pilates, where sometimes I leave feeling like I still need to do a little more with my workout. Barre has that cardio element, and I love the isometric movements, especially the core and ab work.
I also like how each muscle group has it’s own focus. You start with a solid warmup and then move to arms, then to seat work, then abs, then back to legs. I like the variety, and most importantly I love that no one class is the same.
And the music element makes you feel like you’re bringing out your inner ballerina, and who doesn’t love that?!
What else do you do outside of Barre? Kind of like what you alluded to, what do you use Barre to supplement?
I did Barre twice a week while I was doing my 18-week half marathon training, which was last week (the Richmond Half Marathon). And now I’m back to my typical routine of working out about five days a week with a variety of activities like running, cycling, circuit training, but maintaining Barre twice a week has really helped with my balance and stability.
And it really helped in my hip flexors. I think Barre has helped me strengthen in that area, which makes you less prone to injury with running.
What changes other than those with your running have you noticed since you’ve been taking Barre?
I can definitely hold my plank longer! But the first place I noticed change was in my arms, and that’s just from holding a two and a half pound weight. You don’t realize at first that the ballet movements make it a lot tougher than it appears.
What’s your favorite Barre “move”?
The chair is one of the most rewarding moves for me because that movement really fires up your entire body and makes it feel like you have to give it your all to hold that pose.
What would you say to someone, like me, who at first might not think that Barre is a “real” workout?
Well, I definitely challenge them to come to a class and just try it! Throw out your preconceived notions because you’ll quickly see that your body will be put to work and you might even surprise yourself.
Also, the more you come to class, the more challenging it becomes. You get to create your own challenges by going a little lower, holding a little longer…and don’t be afraid of the shaking!