Top 5 Benefits of adding in Barre to your workout routine!
1. Strength and definition. When you work your thighs in a barre class, you target that muscle group from all angles. Three thigh exercises will work to fatigue the front, inner, and outer thighs, strengthening the muscles from joint to joint. The same goes for your butt, abs, arms, and back. By strengthening each muscle group thoroughly, you are not only creating amazing definition, you are also strengthening muscles that are often underused and underdeveloped.
2. Endurance. Each barre class is known for its use of isometric contractions and small isotonic movements. In an isometric contraction, you tighten or contract the muscle without changing its length. Think plank position or those poses where you hold completely still as your legs start to quiver and shake. These Barrcontractions utilize slow-twitch muscle fibers that can increase stamina and improve your endurance.
3. Flexibility. You don’t need to be flexible to practice barre, but the amount of stretching in each class can help improve your overall range of motion and reduce your risk of injury. Tension and tightness in your muscles and the tendons around them can lead to back pain and poor posture, and can make everyday tasks like bending down to tie your shoes more difficult. Stretching out your muscles will help relieve stress and allow you to move through your day with a little more ease.
4. Posture. Core muscles are engaged throughout the entire class, and they can be used for the primary focus of an exercise or for stability as you perform a move that targets your thighs or butt. The most common issue that clients come in with is back pain that usually stems from weak core muscles and hours spent sitting at the computer. As you strengthen your core, you will notice that you can sit and stand taller and your lower back will take less stress and tension throughout the day.
5. Mind-body connection. Barre classes challenge you to not only go through the motions of the workout but to focus your thoughts on each and every tiny muscle you are working.
Barre Class Schedule (More class times coming soon)
Sundays: Barre/Ab Combo
3:30pm – Legs and Abs its a win-win
4:30pm – Combination of Barre & Yoga/PiYo.
Wednesdays: Barre Express
5:30pm – 30 minute class w/a cardio barre feel.
9am – combination of Barre and Yoga/PiYo.
Let’s meet at the Barre!! It will be soooo worth it!!
Pure Fitness 4 You is owned and managed by Brenda Jane Crass, wife and mother of two. “Owning a fitness studio is an amazing opportunity for me to share my love of health and fitness with others and to be a role model,” she says. Why did she decide to start this business? “I wanted to have classes in the area that all fitness levels would be able to do,” she explains. “I love helping people, seeing their progress, and knowing I’m making a difference.” All classes at Pure Fitness 4 You are for all fitness levels as the instructors will always show modifications, regular, and advanced moves, but
Why did she decide to start this business? “I wanted to have classes in the area that all fitness levels would be able to do,” she explains. “I love helping people, seeing their progress, and knowing I’m making a difference.” All classes at Pure Fitness 4 You are for all fitness levels as the instructors will always show modifications, regular, and advanced moves, but Crass adds, “If you ever come to class and have questions about moves, just ask as there are always ways to make the moves work for each individual ability level.”
Crass seeks to make Pure Fitness 4 You stand out in the community. “Pure Fitness 4 You offers unique to-the-area classes and really goes all out with the personal touch of letting our members know we are here! Once you’ve stepped into the doors at Pure Fitness 4 You, you become family!” Crass notes. One example of that uniqueness is the POUND class, which is a group fitness class that is inspired by drumming. It lets you be a part of the music as you are getting a
One example of that uniqueness is the POUND class, which is a group fitness class that is inspired by drumming. It lets you be a part of the music as you are getting a head to-toe workout. Crass assures, “It’s low impact but high intensity, so you’ll burn calories having a blast!” It’s new to the Chippewa Valley and is taking a lot of places, like New York City, by storm. So far there has been a lot of interest in POUND, and Crass says her regulars are addicted to it. She cautions not to worry about an inability to keep to the rhythm, explaining that the instructor keeps you on track and you soon fall in love with being a part of the music and being able to “pound out the day.” Her enthusiasm for this class couldn’t be any greater. “POUND lets you be a rock star!” Exemplifying the welcoming spirit of Pure Fitness 4 You,
She cautions not to worry about an inability to keep to the rhythm, explaining that the instructor keeps you on track and you soon fall in love with being a part of the music and being able to “pound out the day.”
Her enthusiasm for this class couldn’t be any greater. “POUND lets you be a rock star!”
Exemplifying the welcoming spirit of Pure Fitness 4 You, Crass exclaims, “If you are looking for an amazing atmosphere to work out in, Pure Fitness 4 You is it! We make you a part of a family, and everyone will have your back each step of the way.”
Photo by Angi Randall Photography.
by Jodi Ritsch
As a physician board certified in family medicine as well as integrative holistic medicine, I often meet people that are STRESSED. Whether life is handing them a series of challenges or they have a natural disposition of viewing the glass as half empty, stress often times affects their health as well as relationships. What if there were a simple, inexpensive drug that could counteract the bad effects of stress? Would it sell like hot cakes? Would people visit me at The Joyful Doc Clinic in Menomonie just to try the prescription? I bet they would. And what if this miracle drug could lower blood pressure, increase immunity, decrease stress hormones like cortisol, and decrease pain with the body’s own endorphins? I bet they would pay almost any price for it.
The great news is the miracle is here! It is readily available to everyone and it is FREE. The miracle is laughter. There are a few catches to obtaining all the health benefits. Consistent laughter, especially deep belly laughing for over twenty minutes, has been shown to provide many benefits. We can learn quite a bit from our toddlers and pre-schoolers who laugh much more regularly than adults. Fortunately, fake laughter has similar benefits to real laughter. So even if you have to fake it at first, you will benefit and often transition to real giggles.
Dr. Kataria, the founder of Laughter Yoga, was researching the benefits of laughter in 1995 and decided to gather a small group in Mumbai Park to practice laughing. Laughter Yoga certified leaders now run over 7,000 Laughter Yoga Clubs in more than sixty-five countries.
I personally have always enjoyed laughing, so when given the opportunity to train as a leader of Laughter Yoga at the National Wellness Conference in 2012, I jumped for joy. Since that time, I have laughed with kids at after school programs, healthcare workers, government employees, Rotarians, and retirees. If you can laugh and you can breathe, you can do Laughter Yoga. And believe it or not, the more you act silly and laugh, the more resilient you become. It is easier to laugh when something throws you a curve ball in life. Life in general becomes less of a chore and more joy filled.
Laughter yoga sessions begin with a brief introduction and then the group moves on to childlike playfulness, no comedy or jokes required. After mingling in the group with different laughter activities, the serious laughter begins during the “laughter free for all.” This is when all the joyful chemistry from laughter really amps up. The final stage is a guided relaxation time to really feel the bliss created. All that fun in roughly thirty minutes.
It is very hard to stay angry or upset when you look someone in the eye and laugh together. Help spread this humorous world peace movement. With the laughing baby and animal snippets on YouTube or fun photos on Pinterest/Instagram/Facebook, you can literally start laughing this minute. Makes me chuckle just thinking about it.
You are invited to join Jodi Ritsch, MD, for Laughter Yoga on any Wednesday from noon to 12:30 at The Center (3701 Highway 12 in Eau Claire.) She also is available for mindful change life coaching at www.lifebydesignec.com or medical appointments at www.joyfuldoc.com.
by Ilona Udvari
With the onset of warmer weather, we are all dying to get outside, shed our layers of cold-weather clothing, and kick up our heels a bit. The parts of us that were once well hidden are begging for sunlight, and the secrets of our winter and holiday indiscretions are soon to be front-page news. I used to be disheartened considering the number of crunches it was likely to take to get me looking and feeling good for summer, but now I just smile. Though not for lack of trying, I could never sustain a love affair with ab work, but I started hula hooping several years ago, and not only was it easy to tone up, I could hardly wait to do it!
The history of hooping pre-dates the emergence of the beloved Wham-o hula-hoop of the 1950s, by several thousands of years. But its evolution has taken us from the small, lightweight child’s toy into a whole new era. Such children’s hoops are often the perpetrators misleading us all to believe we cannot, and never could, hula-hoop. But times have changed, and adult-size weighted hoops are available for a full range of activities from weight loss to hoop dancing. A long list of health benefits has also made hooping grow quickly in popularity. But the greatest lure by far is the fun! Imagine the idea of looking forward to your workouts. What a difference it makes in your success!
Hooping can burn up to 100 calories per ten-minute session and up to 400–600 in an hour. It’s a great low impact, aerobic, cardiovascular workout that melts away unwanted fat at the core and tightens the stomach. Plus building up your core muscles also helps you to burn more calories. It’s a win-win situation!
The new larger and heavier hoop is easier to control and a greater benefit in toning the body. In fact, it sculpts and builds muscle in the glutes, back, thighs, hips, legs, knees, as well as in the abdomen. This in turn increases your range of motion, flexibility, and balance. In doing so, one can actually prevent back problems.
If you’ve had commitment issues in the past, fear not. You can see the benefits from working as little as ten minutes a day using a weighted hoop. But believe me, stopping after ten minutes will be the farthest thing from your mind. Hooping helps to reduce and manage stress, and it generates a magnificent feeling of well-being. Devotees will tell you that it works as a powerful means of meditation to calm one’s self, clear one’s thoughts, and process the day’s stresses.
As we hula, learn tricks and routines, and have fun playing, the hoop gently massages our vital organs and improves their integral function, particularly those in the digestive system. There is an increase of blood flow to the brain, oxygenizing the blood and increasing vital energy. It can be as equally reviving as a short nap! Dopamine is also released by the body, improving our ability to focus and raising our attention level. And if that isn’t enough, studies show that the gray matter of our brain also expands and improves.
Hula hooping can be done by people of all ages, genders, and shapes. It’s a fantastic activity to do with kids and encourages healthy lifestyle choices. Whether you are reliving the simple joys of childhood or cashing in on the amazing health and exercise benefits, you will find yourself smiling and laughing. So buddy-up, get a hoop you like, remove breakables from the hoop area, and get fit and stay fit! It just takes a little practice and the right equipment.