Barre for the Yoga Lover

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It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for barre classes. I first discovered my love for them with Physique 57, continued the affair with Pure Barre and have even had a rendezvous or two with Equinox’s version. So when the time came to try Exhale Spa’s Core Fusion Barre class, it would be an understatement to simply say I was excited.

A typical barre class consists of a warm-up followed by isometric workouts that target the arms, thighs, seat and abdominals—all with stretching in between to help lengthen the muscles. The goal is to create long, lean, toned muscles similar to those of a dancer.

What’s really special about Core Fusion Barre, in my opinion, is it’s strong yoga and Pilates influence. “Our class combines core work with Pilates, yoga, ballet and dance principles in order to stretch, tone and lengthen muscles like never before, as well as elevate the metabolism for a continuous calorie burn,” says Exhale Spa Manager of Guest Experience and instructor Lindsey Arotin. “Core Fusion stresses abdominal and core work as well as flexibility.”

A lot of the in-between stretches are different yoga poses such as child’s pose, downward facing dog, revolved side angle pose and more. There’s even a version of the class, Core Fusion Barre Exhale, that’s 15 minutes longer than the normally hour-long class to work on the mind-body connection. It’s basically like a barre and yoga class all rolled into one.

The floor is also different at Exhale Spa—it is wood rather than fully carpeted. Each person has a cushioned mat that’s about one-inch thick to work on, which in my opinion is far more comfortable. 

Another welcomed difference was the stretchy resistance band that was used during different exercises to target the seat and thighs. What I really liked was that the bands weren’t used in every class I attended, so I always felt like the workout was different.

To really see a difference in your body, aim to go in at least three to four times a week for four weeks and keep going to maintain it. Just be warned, it’s really hard to stop. There’s just something about this class that keeps me coming back for more, and I really feel like I’m getting something out of it. The muscles on my arms and legs are definitely more toned and I feel stronger. I’m not so bad at pushups anymore!

Visit their website to see where you can attend one of their classes. They also have basic classes for beginners and advanced classes for the more experienced. If there isn’t an Exhale Spa near you, don’t worry, you can also check out the workout with one of their DVDs.

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