These three small movements keep your core engaged and unless you're told otherwise (for example, in a round back chair) you should keep it that way from the moment you enter the Studio right up until your Savasana.
We did a quick Q&A with teacher trainer and barre instructor, Emily King, to find out why it's so crucial.
A strong core will improve your posture and in turn, help to perfect the execution of Barrecore moves. It takes a while to master the technique but once you have, you'll get more out of each class.
Having a strong core will make you less likely to have back ache as you'll be better supported, it also improves your general posture making you look leaner and stand taller. Additionally, you'll find you get more out of any physical activity if you have a stronger core, be it running, HIIT or yoga.
A common misconception when working out at the barre is the belief that by gripping or sucking in the abs alone means you're fully engaging your core. Unfortunately it's a little harder than that. As well as focusing on sucking the tummy in, also think about a lifting sensation from your pelvic floor. You need to create space between your ribs and hips but without letting your ribs flare out and lastly, think about your spine being long and neutral. It sometimes help to visualise someone pulling a piece of string which goes along your back and out the top of your head.
Here are a few examples of key Barrecore exercises and what they should look like with an engaged core.
Try it next time that you're in class, and if you have any difficulty hitting the right spot, just ask your instructor who will be more than happy to help.
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.