Barre3 is a contemporary method of barre exercise inspired by ballet, yoga and Pilates. Its founder, Sadie Lincoln, consulted with a team of professional dancers, yogis, athletes and doctors to develop the innovative workout regimen, which combines dynamic movements with isometric holds to balance, lengthen and strengthen the body. Lincoln and her husband opened their first Barre3 studio in 2008.[i]
Barre3 classes utilize a strategic 3-step sequence that includes (1) isometric holds, (2) low-impact dynamic movements and (3) seamless recovery stretches. The initial holds improve alignment and strength; the movements increase energy and heart rate; and the stretches extend and prepare the body. Each class lasts approximately 60 minutes.[ii]
Unlike many other barre workouts, the roots of Barre3 are grounded more in yogic philosophy than the Lotte Berk Method. Sometimes called “sneaky yoga,” these classes aim at providing students with many of the same meditative health benefits as yoga, e.g. increased mental concentration and mindfulness. The workouts also incorporate asana-inspired postures and pranayama-inspired breathing exercises.
Practicing Barre3 may result in many health improvements, including increased strength, flexibility, postural alignment and balance. This accessible workout requires no previous experience or fitness level. Moreover, instructors are known for their ability to modify exercises in order to accommodate those with injuries. There are even Barre3 classes available for expectant and new mothers, including a 40-minute prenatal online workout and a 10-minute postnatal online workout!
To become a Barre3 studio owner, prospective instructors must complete a thorough teacher training program in Portland, Oregon with certified Master Trainers. Additionally, they must complete an extensive application process, which includes an in-person audition with the franchise team.[iv]
NACAMS offers comprehensive liability coverage tailored for barre instructors. Our program includes professional and general liability insurance, including product liability, as well as rental damage insurance and stolen equipment coverage. Barre3 instructors who enroll in NACAMS also receive access to free professional websites, monthly newsletters and directory listings, as well as special, discounted rates on health and wellness products. Learn more about our barre liability insurance program at http://www.nacams.org/barre/.
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[i] “FAQ.” www.barre3.com/about-us/faq/#benefit. Accessed March 13, 2014.
[ii] “What is Barre3?” www.barre3.com/about-us/what-is-barre3/. Accessed March 13, 2014.
[iii] “Find a Studio.” www.barre3.com/find-a-studio/. Accessed March 14, 2014.
[iv] “Own a Barre3 Studio.” www.barre3franchise.com/. Accessed March 14, 2014.