This September, Peloton not only introduced resistance band classes and bike bootcamp, but also barre classes.
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Barre classes have been one of the most requested classes for Peloton, along with rowing classes which Peloton has mostly denied, or at least not confirmed, the rumors. (Some people have used the Peloton app with their own rowing machines).
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What is Barre?
Barre classes are inspired by ballet, Pilates, and yoga. Not only do you get a full-body strength workout but it also improves flexibility.
Which Instructors are Teaching the Peloton Barre Classes?
With so many former professional dancers teaching at Peloton, it clearly makes sense to add barre workouts to the Peloton schedule.
Currently, Ally Love and Hannah Corbin teach the barre classes.
Where Can You Find the Barre Classes?
They’re listed under strength in the app. Start with the 10-minute Intro to Barre with Hannah Corbin. You can bookmark it here.
Duration of the Barre Classes
There are 5-minutes warm-up classes and 5-minute cool-downs. Classes range from 10 to 30-minutes.
What Equipment Do You Need for a Peloton Barre Class?
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You do not need a bar. You can use a chair or table during the workouts. Hannah says she uses her kitchen counter.
Most classes require no weight at all other than your own bodyweight. Some classes use light weights, specifically 2 to 3-pound weights. You probably have from a set from either the Peloton Bike or Tread.
With so many people now working out at home, weights can be tricky to find in stock. If you have a Dick’s Sporting Goods near you, they often have weights like these available for curbside pickup.
Any yoga mat will do. You’ll want one thick enough to provide some cushioning for your knees.
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What to Expect in a Peloton Barre Class
Barre classes offer a full-body workout. Some of the Peloton classes focus primarily on lower body, others core, and some upper body.
The warm-ups remind me of old-school aerobics with lots of knee lifts and taps. Throughout the class, expect to do some leg work and core exercises, along with some useful stretching.
Overall, the classes definitely help you with balance and stability. You definitely shake a bit and feel the stretch when asked to hold a pose or to make small movements.
Classes usually end with yoga-inspired moves like child’s pose.
The Future of Peloton Barre Classes
As of now, there are only ten barre classes. But if you search any of the Peloton Facebook Groups or Pages, you’ll see that people seem to really enjoy them and want them to continue. Make your voices heard if you would like Peloton to keep these classes on the schedule.
Personally, I’m happy that Peloton added barre and I they give them a fair chance. I’m trying to give my body a break from so much intense cardio and believe that adding more fluid classes like yoga and barre benefits me overall.
Since the classes are pretty short, I prefer to do take one before a spin class or run to warm up beforehand.
Have you taken a Peloton barre class yet? What are your thoughts? How did they compare to other barre classes you may have taken elsewhere?
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