By NIKI REIN
By NIKI REIN
Ever find yourself getting hungry before or directly after your Barrecore class? Our Founder Niki Rein has some top tips on the best foods to reach for.
Pre-class Fats and Protein
"I always recommend healthy fats or protein such as activated nuts, an egg or a spoonful of coconut oil, instead of carbohydrates, before you hit the barre so you efficiently get the fat melting effects from your workout. When you eat carbohydrates prior to training you may feel you have more energy whilst exercising but this is because you are burning through the glucose (sugar released from carbs) before you even get to your fat stores. That said, if your goal is not to lose body fat, feel free to choose healthy carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes, date based snack bars or a smoothie otherwise focus on fat intake."
"Post-class is the best time to have thinned skinned, high antioxidant fruits such as berries, green apple or your favourite grain-free snack bar. The antioxidants help reduce inflammation from exercise and also calm cortisol levels that naturally rise during exercise. Plus, this small (I mean small. No cakes or potatoes please) amount of glucose will help slightly increase your insulin levels so amino acid uptake increases for faster muscle protein synthesis (the prepare and build phase of muscle change). This combination of fat prior to training and high antioxidant carbohydrates post training is a sure way to staying lean, avoid bulking and recover faster."
You can find a whole host of delicious, healthy grab-and-go snack options available to purchase at our central London Studios (and remember Members get a discount!).
Creating your own personalised playlists on Barrecore is easy - to start, simply find a video you like, then click the button that looks like this:
You can name your playlist, add as many videos as you'd like to it, and remove/reorder the videos in your playlist to suit your training needs.
To remove a video from a playlist, simply click the 'x' on the video in the playlist view that you no longer want to watch, and confirm to remove.
To re-order it, just click the left '<' and right '>' arrows of the video in the playlist, to swap it with the video next to it.
You'll find your favourite playlists saved for you once you have signed in.