Becoming a barre is seriously one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I grew up dancing and although that didn’t translate into a career as a pro dancer, that didn’t stop me from keeping it in my life.

dana mook, barre instructor, personal trainer, charlottesville virginia

Barre side kick – see the sequence below for this and more moves…

Besides the joy of dancing, barre has done wonders to help strengthen and shape my body. Those tricky areas (saddlebags, inner thighs, the booty) have all strengthened and trimmed down since I began taking (and eventually teaching) the classes.

Notice I use the word “strengthen” a lot – it’s because I want to set the right expectations here. Many people assume or have been told that exercises that target a certain muscle will burn the fat at that area, which is not exactly true. Everyone’s body is unique, and your body will decide where to lose fat first. That being said, building muscle in your “target” areas will help your metabolism along so that fat will burn more easily. So, strength workouts are important – incorporate them into your weekly routine!

Barre is great low-impact method that uses a fusion of ballet, pilates, and yoga moves to strengthen your body, as well as to improve posture and add flexibility. Check out this four-move sequence below to get a taste of what barre is about. Click on the picture to start the video. You can try this sequence at home with a chair or using the wall. Or better yet, try my class at ACAC Albemarle Square! Every Tuesday at 9:20 am.