Barre is a form of exercise that originated with German Dancer Lotte Berk in the 1950s. She developed these exercises in an effort to help rehabilitate her back. Since then, in recent years barre classes have swept the nation and we are happy to offer them at PAI!
Through the use of interval training, barre classes target specific areas including arms, abs, seat, and thighs through tiny isometric movements. Barre classes often incorporate pilates, ballet, and yoga. The over-arching premise is that clients work a particular muscle until fatigue, and then stretch and lengthen the muscle. Classes incorporate light weights, straps, tubing, balls, mats, and of course the ballet barre. Breathing techniques are incorporated in class in an effort to strengthen the core, increase endurance.
PAI Barre 45 + 60
PAI Barre offers Barre Intensity® for its PAI Barre program. Barre Intensity® combines attributes of Pilates, dance, and functional fitness training. We incorporate small isolated movement to fatigue the muscles, large range motion to elevate the heart rate, and sequencing that incorporates upper and lower body to make every minute count. This results in a total body workout that leaves you mentally strong and feeling accomplished.
DO I HAVE TO HAVE PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE IN ORDER TO TAKE CLASS?
Prior dance experience is not a requirement. We use the ballet barre for support and we do incorporate various ballet positions/lingo but this is not a dance class. Come one come all!
CAN I COME TO PAI BARRE CLASS IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes you absolutely can come to class. However, you must bring a note from your doctor clearing you for exercise. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to discuss necessary modifications with the instructor before class. Please inform your instructor if you are pregnant before class.
IF I'M OUT OF SHAPE OR INJURED CAN I STILL TAKE PAI BARRE CLASSES?
If you are out of shape you can definitely still come to class. We will help you get back in shape! If you are injured, we recommend that you consult your doctor before coming to class. If you ultimately decide to come to class, make sure you let your instructor know if you have any injuries so that proper modifications can be made.
WHAT MAKES PAI BARRE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BARRE STUDIOS?
At PAI, we really strive to provide one-on-one correction to each and every client during class. We also make a concerted effort to explain what muscles clients are working and why so that clients understand the reason behind the movements. Also, our classes are always evolving in an effort to keep things dynamic, interesting, and challenging for our clients.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING TO CLASS?
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing. It is preferable to wear pants below the knee as opposed to shorts. We also require grippy socks to be worn in class. Bring a bottle of water and a small towel.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT MY FIRST CLASS?
You will expect to feel muscles that you did not know you had! Your muscles will burn and shake, but never fear, because we offer modifications for everyone. You can also expect fun high-energy music and a positive, supportive, challenging, and exciting environment.
WHAT TIPS WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE NEW TO PAI BARRE?
Keep an open mind. Listen closely to the cues the instructor gives to you and to other during class. It is better to listen to the instructor than to try to look around to see what other clients are doing. Try not to get discouraged. When done properly, barre classes are always a humbling experience. Most importantly, have fun!