- Keep in mind that there are classes in session and a softer voice is needed.
- Please move through all areas quietly and mindfully and close all doors softly behind you.
- Please keep cell phone use to a minimum and silence phones prior to entry.
- A shoe/bag storage area is located off of the entrance and lockers available.
- Platinum is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles. Please leave valuables at home.
- Please arrive 15 minutes early to class to check in and comfortably find your place for practice.
- Please do not enter the studio before everyone in the previous class has left. Please wait for the room to empty.
- Please keep talking in the studio to a minimum and be respectful of those around you.
- Refrain from wearing perfumes and heavy oils. Many people are allergic to these scents and find them distracting.
- Savasana is a sacred time. Practice mindfulness when leaving class. Please roll your mat without dragging it, gather your belongings quietly and close the doors softly behind you.
- For your first class, please arrive at least 15 minutes before the class begins. You'll want time to get signed in, and get settled.
- Bring a mat, a towel and water. You may rent these if you forget yours or don't own them. Come well hydrated and be prepared to drink water throughout and after class. It is best to practice on an empty stomach, eat lightly or not at all for 2-3 hours before class.
- Ask questions before and after class to better understand the practice. Our teachers are here to serve you - create a relationship with them so they can better understand and meet your needs. Practicing 2-3 times per is a good place to start. Many practitioners practice 4-5 times per week or more. 2 classes or more per day can be excessive, and more than 1 hot class per day is not recommended. Try many of the different styles of classes we offer. Take advantage of our new student specials!
What to expect at the Barre:
- A full-body workout that will concentrate on the hips, thighs, glutes, abdominals and arms.
- A low-impact technique that will protect your joints. Each strength section of the workout is followed by a stretching section in order to create long, lean muscles without bulk. The technique works to defy gravity by tapering everything in and lifting it up!
- Small movements, There is no bouncing, big movements, or rebounding. It is all isometric work meant to target your muscles effectively without putting pressure on your joints. It is low impact and safe for all ages and most injuries (check with your doctor). There are modifications available as needed that your instructor can provide. Think about squeezing from the muscle the instructor tells you to target instead of just moving your elbows, knees, or wrists.
- Your first few classes, there will most likely be parts of the class you don’t understand and that’s ok. It usually takes a few classes to get the hang of what’s coming up next and to get in the groove of things. It’s important to ask your instructor questions after class to start to truly grasp what is happening and why you are doing certain moves. Your instructor is there to help you, so take advantage of that!
- Your muscles will shake. When your muscles fatigue, they will shake and it means you are doing something right. Congratulations, your body is working hard! The goal is to get each muscle group to shake and fatigue and then to stretch it out while those muscles are warm, leading towards the long, lean lines of a ballet dancer like shape.
- Listen. Most exercise classes are highly visual, however barre is not. Really listen to your instructor. Pick up on the auditory cues to guide your body deeper towards the work and your mind deeper into what should be happening.
- Take time to be present, and shut out the outside world. It is a time for you to focus on you. Taking away distractions helps you focus more on the mental health benefits as well. It is such a great time for stress relief and shutting out the rest of the day.
- The tuck is one of the fundamentals of barre. Tucking means engaging your abs to pull your hips underneath your shoulders and neutralizing the spine to protect it during working sections. You always want to avoid a sway in the lower back when you are tucked. Use the mirrors to assist you in this. An active tuck could mean anything from squeezing your thighs forward to squeezing your seat underneath you. Know that the tuck is all about your abs and your protection though. You may want to ask your instructor to show this to you if you still don’t understand after class.
- Results are coming. Believe it or not, you can start to see and feel results in as little as 10 classes! If you are diligent about taking that first step to get yourself to your workout, results are coming! Barre will transform your body!
- You, yes, you can do it! There are women and men of all shapes, sizes, and ages that come into the studio each day. There is no need to feel self-conscious about stepping up to the barre. Every person in that room, including your instructor, remembers what it was like taking their first class. The key thing to remember is that everyone else is working so hard and focusing so much on achieving their own goals, they don’t really have the extra time or energy to pay attention to the newbie. We want Platinum Barre to be an encouraging and an empowering place for every person who gives it a try, so please come give it a shot, you won’t regret it!