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August 06, 2015

Runners Try Barre3

Sarah Mac

Two of the first three Runners Try were far flung from the typical runner's day. Rock climbing and SUP aren't exactly expected forms of cross training. This week we ventured closer to expected cross training to see what all the fuss is behind barre3. If you're like me and you run past your local barre3 studio and just see a bunch of perfectly coiffed ladies working on their plié, this Runners Try is for you. Because damn. 

First I have to give a huge thank you to Kimberly at barre3 Roosevelt for taking on this group of newbies and helping us embrace the shake. Oh and if you're wondering what the 3 in barre3 is? Me too! Here's your barre3 cheat sheet. Now let's get to it.

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LOGISTICS

WHAT TO WEAR

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CHALLENGES

  • Getting to a studio 
  • Embracing the shake
  • Letting go of competitive spirit
  • Using tiny weights (see above)
  • Dealing with the mirror, like live race day photos

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BENEFITS

  • Strengthens those teeny stabilizer muscles we ignore
  • Moves your rigid runner body into the lateral plane
  • Low impact - high benefit
  • Improves flexibility - long and strong
  • Body awareness 

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NUMBER OF TIMES WE FELL

  • None! But number of times we shook so hard we could have been a jackhammer? Lost track.

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We'll be back for more soon! Do you do barre3? How has it impacted your running? Tell us with #runnerstrybarre3.

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Comments

Kelly | August 7, 2015 at 9:56am

I have been battling a

I have been battling a pervasive hamstring injury. I started Barre3 online in June and have been loving the non-impact, but awesome workout it gives. If only I did Barre3 two years ago, I might have never gotten my injury! Highly recommend!!

Angelique | January 22, 2016 at 8:23am

I absolutely love Barre3!! I

I absolutely love Barre3!! I have a background in dance (I basically grew up in ballet class), and then I found running in high school. Hard core ballet classes and competitive running were too much for my body. I love that Barre3 keeps those ballet muscles toned, but it does not wear me down. I can do both types of exercise for the long haul! #runnerstrybarre3