Barre helped me transform my body after gaining almost 80 pounds with both of my pregnancies—but I didn’t just lose weight. Taking group fitness classes increased my energy, helped me find more confidence, and connected me to a community of incredibly cool and strong women.
I became an instructor to help my students reap the many benefits of barre, too. Some may be focused on big, overarching goals like on improving strength and flexibility or losing weight, and when they achieve those goals it’s pretty awesome. But sometimes, just getting a call out from your favorite instructor during class feels just as good!
Whatever your goals may be, here are some tips to getting the most out of class and grabbing your instructor’s attention:
Introduce yourself to your instructor, especially when you’re new.
It is important to let your instructor know if you have any concerns or need any special modifications—like if you have any injuries, if you just had a baby, or if it is your first time in class. That’ll help your trainer give you individual modifications and cues through class. Just by clueing your instructor in on what’s going on with you is the first step in building a rapport. The more they know about you, the more they can help you get the results you are looking for.
Ask questions when you’re not sure.
If you’re not comfortable with a specific movement, or if you’re not feeling it the way your instructor is describing it, ask for some clarity. I love working with my students to help them get the most out of each exercise.
Share your successes with your instructor.
I love to hear when you see the results from the work we do in class—it makes my job even more rewarding.
It’s the best when students laugh and have a genuinely good time in class. Laugh at my jokes! Giggle through the pain! Hoot and holler—let’s make it a party, right? Just avoid talking too much with your friends. It’s amazing how even whispering can distract the entire room.
We love seeing our students out in the world spreading the barre love. Hashtag or tag your instructor. This makes my day.
Staying mindful of what you are doing with your body in each move will keep you safe and improve results.
Jessica Diaz is a Carbon38 #Team38 Trainer and a barre instructor at Equinox Boston Sports Club and Asana Charlestown. Find her on Instagram and Facebook, and use her #Team38 personal link or code jessicadia50 for her discount when you shop Carbon38.