A few years ago I took a barre class with a good friend of mine. Coming from the noisy, high impact environment of a boxing gym, I was skeptical of the pastel hues of the barre studio and the tranquil music playing in the lobby. It was so calm! The instructor told me to expect a tough workout. I didn’t believe her that it would be hard...

Well, I was wrong and she was right. I didn’t sweat a ton. I wasn’t out of breath. But my calves and glutes were shaking like Elvis in an earthquake! And I was SO SORE the next day. I couldn’t believe that movements that small would have the impact they did. It wasn’t my favorite workout - I love the heart-pounding, legs burning feeling of high intensity training. But I left with a deeper understanding of balance, stability and good alignment than I’d ever considered before.

This week we are finding ways to incorporate our most beneficial, non-functional movements into training. When done correctly, these movements can help with injury prevention. They can aid in performance on some levels as well. These movements won’t be the ones that drive major physical change, but they will help keep us healthy and they are amazing when coming back from a specific injury. Even Pilates was designed as a movement practice geared around injury rehab for dancers. While the movements we’ll introduce during the week aren’t super dynamic nor are they powerful enough to generate a hormonal response, they can make us sore and feel like work. All of the movements we’ll introduce can help train your mind-body connection and get you moving in ways that promote symmetry and good mechanics in your body. And don’t worry, we’ll still spend plenty of time on the good ole’ functional movements you’re used to at Fly Feet!

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