What is Barre-Om?
Barre-OM® is a method that was developed by barre instructor/trainer Rachel Wilson. The method uses small isometric movements to work muscles until complete exhaustion and also incorporates orthopedic stretching to lengthen muscles. Barre-OM® incorporates aspects of pilates, ballet, and yoga to help students achieve a dancer’s physique. Barre-OM® creates long and lean muscles, whittles away the waistline, and tones arms, abdominals, thighs, and glutes. Barre-OM® classes are currently offered at PAI Yoga & Fitness in Dublin and Gahanna, Ohio and Detroit Barre in Detroit, Michigan.
Founder Rachel Wilson
Rachel Wilson was born and raised in Washington, DC, where she played varsity basketball, volleyball, and ran track in high school. After high school, Rachel moved to Philadelphia to play Division I women’s basketball at the University of Pennsylvania. After she graduated from Penn, Rachel moved to New York City and taught 8th grade English in the Bronx, New York for two years. During this time, Rachel received her Master of Science Degree in Teaching at Pace University. Shortly thereafter, Rachel attended law school at the University of Michigan Law School. While in Ann Arbor, Rachel fell in love with barre classes and took classes practically every day of the week, sometimes twice a day.
Barre is a form of exercise that originated with German Dancer Lotte Berk in the 1950s. She developed these exercises in an effort to help rehabilitate her back. Since then, in recent years barre classes have swept the nation and we are happy to offer barre-OM®!
Through the use of interval training, barre classes target specific areas including arms, abs, seat, and thighs through tiny isometric movements. Barre classes often incorporate pilates, ballet, and yoga. The over-arching premise is that clients work a particular muscle until fatigue, and then stretch and lengthen the muscle. Classes are usually an hour-long and incorporate light weights, straps, tubing, balls, mats, and of course the ballet barre. Breathing techniques are incorporated in class in an effort to strengthen the core and increase endurance.
Barre-OM® is different from other methods in a variety of ways. Barre-OM® classes are challenging, transformative and results-oriented. Barre-OM® classes are designed to put the clients first. Clients have a variety of abilities, needs, challenges, and limitations, and it is important to acknowledge and respond to them appropriately. Barre-OM® achieves this by providing a host of modifications for clients. In addition, barre-OM® prides itself in providing mindful, meaningful, and thorough hands-on adjustments for clients. This way clients are able to maximize their efforts. Moreover, barre-OM® classes are always evolving. While traditional barre classes are offered, other offerings include cardio vascular elements and yoga movements as well. Lastly, barre-OM® heavily emphasizes the importance of safety so that clients are challenging themselves in a manner that is conducive to their bodies’ needs.
Barre-OM® partners with studios. Instructors are trained at the studio and the studio enters into a licensing agreement with barre-OM®. (Individual instructors who are not affiliated with a studio may not be trained in barre-OM® at this time.) For more information, please contact barreOMinfo@gmail.com.
The initial training lasts for 4 days. However, ongoing training occurs thereafter.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing. It is preferable to wear pants below the knee as opposed to shorts. Depending on the studio grippy sock, may or may not be required. Bring a bottle of water with you and if you tend to sweat, bring a small towel.
You will expect to feel muscles that you did not know you had! Your muscles will burn and shake, but never fear, because we offer modifications for everyone. You can also expect fun high-energy music and a positive, supportive, challenging, and exciting environment.
Keep an open mind. Listen closely to the cues the instructor gives to you and to other during class. It is better to listen to the instructor than to try to look around to see what other clients are doing. Try not to get discouraged. When done properly, barre classes are always a humbling experience. Most importantly, have fun!
Prior dance experience is not a requirement. We use the ballet barre for support and we do incorporate various ballet positions/lingo but this is not a dance class. Come one come all!
No. Flexibility is important in order to prevent injury and you will improve your flexibility by coming to barre classes regularly.
If you are out of shape you can definitely still come to class. We will help you get back in shape! If you are injured, we recommend that you consult your doctor before coming to class. If you ultimately decide to come to class, make sure you let your instructor know if you have any injuries so that proper modifications can be made.
We recommend that clients take class at least 3 days a week in order to see maximum results. It is also important to note that maintaining a healthy and balanced diet will affect your progress. Everyone has different fitness goals. Some come to barre 1-2x a week to supplement their marathon or triathlon training while others find that barre is a nice complement to their yoga classes. Still others come to class 5-7x a week. You have to do what is best for your body, fitness needs/goals etc.